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A Bride Who Put Her Groom to Work!

Ladies. I’m not necessarily saying that you need to seek out people with certain strengths to spend your life with but I’m also not saying that it hurts. Like this groom, for example. Built the cake table, the bar, and the photo-booth backdrop. Like with his own two hands. And when you pair that skill set with the genius of Cortney Helaine and the images from Natalie Schutt you have yourself an SMP wedding (ps…gorgeous dress and glowing bride don’t hurt either). Click here for more!

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Fall
Styles
Al Fresco

From the Bride…I think the most exciting thing for both of us when planning our wedding was always trying to include ways that we could really make our wedding feel like us. We looked for small ways to do this without being overly clichéd, like an Italian inspired menu (a nod to our Italy engagement,) hand-written vows, and constructing much of the décor ourselves (one of my husband’s biggest hobbies is woodworking.) He built our cake table, the bar, and the photo-booth backdrop, to name a few.

My one piece of advice to brides would be to take moments on the day with your husband to stand back together and really “see” your day for what it is. One of my favorite moments from our wedding day happened during the reception. We were on the dance floor with some out-of-town family and my husband grabbed my hand and led me up a little hill just past the reception. We took about 60 seconds to stand and watch our own wedding. We both were in awe of how it came together, and how amazing it was to have so many loved ones come out to celebrate us in our new marriage. It was a nice way to slow down and have a moment to enjoy our wedding day together (trust me–being present on the day IS as hard as people warn you it will be!)

My favorite part of the planning process was working with my family to make it all come together. So many people were a part of helping us create our dream wedding (on a budget!) My mom handmade our favors, which were Pizelle–a traditional Italian cookie. My father-in-law helped my husband build most of our décor. My aunts, uncles, and cousins helped us assemble invites, place settings, and grand exit ribbons. It was such a team effort and those are memories that we will always hold on to.

My favorite moment, hands down, was reciting our own vows. We had planned to do this early on in our engagement, and I was terrified from day 1. Public speaking is SO not my thing. As the day came closer I got more and more nervous. Finally, about 3 days out, I tried to back out. My then-fiancé encouraged me to stick with it… And boy am I glad we did! I can’t describe it, but walking down the aisle towards Weston made all of my fears melt away in an instant. I didn’t see anything else or hear anything else. It was complete tunnel vision. The best part? Knowing that we made personal commitments to each other in front of closest friends and family. If you are even considering writing personal vows or statements, I’d say go for it!

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Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography | Event Planning: Weddings by Cortney Helaine | Floral Design: Studio C Florals | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Canyon Catering | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Canyon Catering | DJ: KSDJ | Groom's Attire: Macy's Bar III | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's Bar III | Venue: Giracci Vineyards And Farms | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress In Corona Del Mar | Groomsmen's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Beautiful Boho Chic Wedding – On a Monday!

This wedding is one unique detail after another, from the boho blue color palette that we can’t get enough of to it being held on a Monday (yay weekday weddings!)! But we shouldn’t really be surprised, because when you have a talented team that includes LVL Weddings & Events, Elevated Pulse Productions, 24 Carrots and more come together at Rancho Las Lomas, magic is bound to happen. Coy Society filmed away and onelove photography captured it all for our Vaultsee it here!

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Seasons
Summer

From the Bride… Whenever I envisioned our big day, I always imagined us dancing al fresco, drinking wine and surrounded by our loved ones. Our venue, Rancho Las Lomas, completely fit the bill!

Since we decided to get married on a Monday (to honor our anniversary date and the date Andrew proposed), we wanted to make sure that our guests were treated to a wonderful ambiance if they were going to take the time off work. The Spanish style venue was truly that – tucked away in the hills, covered by trees and home to their very own wildlife foundation and beer tasting room (so rad!).

When it came to wedding colors, we both love the color blue, and had to have it in our palette. In terms of a theme, we wanted something to reflect our personality and encompass both an elegant and casual vibe, so we decided to go with the eclectic/bohemian style. I liked that it kind of gives you the freedom to either go vintage or modern with it and have it all still work.

In the midst of planning, I quickly became overwhelmed with Pinterest and decided on a different approach to gaining inspiration and finding the right vendors that would help us execute our vision. Instagram to the rescue! I tried searching with different hashtags and found this was the best way to find talented, local vendors. I was able to see photographs of their work and immediately determine if their vibe would match what I was looking for. I may have missed some gems if not for this approach.

I am NOT a DIY bride when it comes to crafting (I wish I was), but I do love design and styling, so I, with the help of my coordinator and florist, spent a lot of time sourcing the right decor, linens, rentals etc. I am obsessed with patterns and texture and hoped to infuse that throughout the decor. My florist knocked it out of the park using geometric wooden pendants, white crisp florals, lots of greenery and the eclectic vessels. I also had a calligrapher create custom wood signs and had her handwrite our guests names on ceramic tiles to serve as both escort cards and favors. One thing I did DIY was most of our paper goods – from our Save the Dates to the thank you place cards, and even painting the envelope liners. The exception was the lovely watercolor place cards we used on our head table which was done by our calligrapher.

We also made sure to include elements to make this wedding ours. Our close friend officiated our ceremony and our cake toppers were hand painted by another good friend. We were unable to have our three fur babies present but we made sure to include them by getting cartoon cardboard cut outs made and used for photo booth props. We also had a favorite musician play/sing acoustic jams during our cocktail hour and had handcrafted ice cream pops served for dessert in our favorite flavors.

Fashion was also no exception. When it came to finding the right dress, I had visited several dress shops and felt like almost every dress was the same, until I visited Lovella Bridal in Glendale. Their stylists helped me find the perfect lace, fit and flare gown, with an illusion back. The minute I put it on, I thought “Andrew would love this.” They also helped me find all the perfect accessories which I hope to wear again someday.

For my bridesmaids, I gave them a color palette and style and had them run with it! All their dresses looked amazing and they also saved money in the process. My mother and mother-in-law also looked stunning in their gowns.

For my groom, I found a suit in the perfect shade of blue and kept his style clean with a white shirt and solid gray tie. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with mix and match ties from The Tie Bar. My dad wore a custom made traditional Filipino garment called a barong, which is perfect for a summer wedding and also fit with the bohemian style.

Among all the details, my absolute favorite moment of the day was the second Andrew and I joined hands at the beginning of our ceremony. At that moment, all my nervousness and anxiety vanished. I felt at peace and nothing else mattered but us. Another special moment was my dad’s speech. He even serenaded me with a song that he used to sing to me as a child. It brought me and most everyone to tears! The day was truly better than we could have imagined and our photographer and videographer truly captured the love and fun we experienced that day. We wish we could relive that day over and over!

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Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Christian Soriano | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Foxtail Florals | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: 24 Carrots | Makeup: Kristina Ambartsumian | Hair: Abreanna | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Groom's Attire: J. Crew Factory | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | Calligraphy + Signage: Heidi Davidson Design | Cocktail Music + Guitarist: Jonathan Blake Salazar | Hair Accessories: Maria Elena | Ice Cream + Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Macrame Backdrop + Planters: Hunter Gatherer Keeper | Macrame Runners: ModMix Studio | Photo Booth: Splendid Photobooth | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Robes: Piyama | Vintage Goblets: Sundrop Vintage

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We’re Thankful This Rustic Photo Shoot Exists

Sometimes all it takes is the smallest gesture (or in this case, one beautiful autumn inspired photo shoot at Rancho Las Lomas) to remind us just how incredibly lucky we are to bring you beauty on the daily. We just thought you’d like to know how eternally grateful we are for readers like you and hope you rejoice in the fact that we’ve got the loveliest snaps from Natalie Bray Studios waiting for you in The Vault!

From Meadowsweet EventsSet amongst ancient oaks and sycamore trees, this beautiful fall editorial is romance in the purest form. We pulled every pretty touch together to create a clean and modern slate for the beautifully crafted wild florals by Best Day Ever, and the gorgeous paper textures from The Pointed Nib. By keeping the design minimalist with just glass and brass elements, we allowed all the other colors and textures to shine through and add just enough beauty without overwhelming the viewer. Natalie Bray perfectly captured the serenity and romance of the day!

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Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Event Design: Meadowsweet Events | Event Planning: Meadowsweet Events | Floral Design: Best Day Ever Floral Design | Wedding Dresses: The Dress Theory | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Invitations + Calligraphy: The Pointed Nib | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Furniture + Tabletop Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Models: Kevin Challinor | Rentals: Gardenology

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