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Romantic Minimalism Wedding Inspiration

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting the crazy talented mind behind Smith + James Events and this gorg shoot. Not only is she one of the most cheerful (and hilarious) people I’ve ever met, but she’s got a whole lotta heart for weddings, and it shines bright in this slice of pretty captured by Kurt Boomer. There’s nary a bloom, but rather a fresh pairing of olive branch designs from Heirloom Design House and modern goodness—a marrying of organic and geometric, and it’s sooo good.

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From Smith + James EventsOur inspiration for the shoot was romantic minimalism. We wanted to keep the palette simple, chic, and modern. There is a fun juxtaposition in pairing clean, geometric shapes with the softness of all the olive branches. Crystal from Heirloom Design House kept those olive branches feeling dynamic instead of redundant, which is really key when executing a bloom-less design.

Utilizing vertical space always feels so elegant, so we used hanging branches for the escort card display. For the tablescape, bundles of olive branches and a chandelier were hung from the arbor above to give a little wow factor. We really love to create a vibe with each of our designs, and we love the relaxed, chic vibe of this shoot.

Photography: Kurt Boomer | Event Design: Smith + James Events | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Make-up: Vixavage Makeup Artistry | Hair: Haute Mess Hair | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bar Cart Rental: Witty Rentals | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Linens: La Tavola | Model: Chad Olson | Model: Alyssa Smith | Paper Goods: Pitbulls And Posies | Rentals: Adore Folklore

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UFC Fighter Michael Bisping’s English Estate Inspired Wedding

Does this dashing groom look a bit familiar? After tonight’s fight, he might have a whole new set of fans out there. But with David Manning’s gorgeous photos, we declare Michael Bisping already a winner in our eyes. He said his “I do’s” at Rancho Las Lomas, all orchestrated by A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production, and if these pics are any clue, he and his beautiful Bride have a shining future ahead.

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From A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionMichael Bisping is a middleweight UFC fighter who won his most current fight in August, 2014 with a 25-6 win record. Bruce Buffer, a UFC Announcer, announced the Bride and Groom as they walked into their reception.

From the beautiful Bride… Michael and I met outside of a nightclub of all places in England all the way back in 1999 and have been attached at the hip ever since.

For our wedding day, we were inspired by the Grand English stately home style. I saw the interior of a Chatsworth home and it inspired my vision. 

We decided not to do a first look, so the best moment for me was walking down the aisle and seeing Michael’s face when he saw me and he even cried! Our wedding day was so perfect. Every aspect of the wedding surpassed our expectations. Having Bruce Buffer announce us to the reception was hilarious and set the evening off to a great start. Having a live string trio for the ceremony set such a special and romantic feel; it was quite magical.

Photography: David Manning Photography | Cake: Sweet Art | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair And Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Transportation: Classique Limousines | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Ceremony Musicians: Festive Strings | Draping: Classic Party Rentals | Event Planning And Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Romantic Rancho Las Lomas Summer Wedding

Any wedding that has a gorgeous display of homemade jam (not to mention a groom who is game to rock a superman suit and make it look good) is A-okay in my book. Add to that an absolutely stunning design from A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production filled with the prettiest of peaches and a rustic-meets-alfresco elegance against a backdrop as pretty as Rancho Las Lomas, with a menu from 24 Carrots and photographs by Studio EMP … well whew! You can be certain that here at SMP, we’ve already fallen head over heals.

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From Joel Maus + Lorely Meza For Studio EMPAfter seizing the opportunity to take her last teaching credential class in Madrid, Spain during the summer of 2008, Michella decided there had to be some way to get back to the country she was so fond of. She completed her elementary teaching credential in California, and then in January 2009 she hopped back on a plane headed for Madrid. With high hopes of improving her Spanish enough to obtain a Spanish teaching credential, Michella had no idea what more was in store for her on the other side of the Atlantic.

After many intensive Spanish classes, private English classes, Google translations, tapas, and fiestas later, Michella found herself with an amazing group of Spanish friends whom she actually met through talking to a Spaniard named David sitting next to her on her first plane ride to Madrid.
On December 5, 2009, Michella was getting over a cold when she got a call from the group, saying there was a party that night. It didn’t take much for her amigos to convince her to go, and that’s when fate stepped in. It was that very night at a nightclub when her friend Alberto mentioned that his old friend from elementary school, Alejandro, happened to be there too. He introduced them to each other, telling Michella that he was very kind and extremely good-looking while telling Alejandro that Michella was a blue-eyed blonde from California who spoke Spanish. Alejandro took Michella by the hand, and they talked and danced the night away. At the end of the night, he even walked her home when it started to rain, and they danced some more. Sure enough, Alejandro was successful in getting Michella’s number.

It didn’t take very long before they fell in love. Alejandro and Michella got to know each other better while sharing their languages, cuisines, and cultural idiosyncrasies. The couple took advantage of every opportunity they had to travel the world. It was on one of those trips, three years after they met to the day that Alejandro decided to propose in Rome, Italy. As soon as they dropped off their suitcases at about one o’clock in the morning, Alejandro persuaded Michella to visit the nearby Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately, a Japanese film crew that was shooting a movie spoiled Alejandro’s plan, and he had to wait one more day! The following night after a romantic dinner at the top of the Spanish Steps, they walked through the city admiring the Italian Christmas lights and made their way back down to the Trevi Fountain again. Alejandro proposed, and Michella said “yes” about a hundred times, followed by a hundred more of “si,” just to make sure!

From the Bride... I wanted something vintage, yet classy and very summery. Natalie came up with the term “rustic elegance” which really captured the vision. I also wanted to incorporate summer fruits and berries. One of my favorite summer memories is of my Dad and I picking blackberries in our backyard, then making jam. We ended up making 140 jars of blackberry jam for favors! Natalie came up with the idea of adding fresh peaches to decorate the tables, which not only gave the centerpieces a summery touch, but also smelled wonderful!

I wanted to have a beautiful wedding, the kind you stare at in wedding magazines and dream of every since you watched your first Disney movie. I love entertaining and working with themes, color palettes, and décor, so I could hardly wait to plan my special day! Especially since I married a Spaniard and was having family and friends fly over from Spain, I wanted a traditional American wedding, but one with enough pizazz to wow my guests and make sure they enjoyed themselves. Alejandro and I wanted a vintage theme, yet classy and elegant. I also wanted to play up the summery southern California theme too since to our guests from Spain, this was going to be like “a wedding in the movies.”

A special touch that made my wedding very meaningful was incorporating both Castellan Spanish and English. We had a bilingual ceremony and recited our personal vows in both languages. We even had my father’s welcome speech, the best man’s speech, and my matron-of-honor’s speech translated. The music we played was from both countries as well. I think it really made everyone feel like part of the celebration and I know they appreciated it.

The monarch butterfly release in memory of my mother was very touching. Instead of feeling sadness because of her absence, I felt happiness knowing she was right there celebrating with us. The butterflies landed on the flower arch above us, in my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and among the guests. There was even one under my veil that stayed during the whole ceremony. Ever so often, the butterflies would gracefully fly around and choose a new spot to sit. It was quite magical.

I loved all the vintage pieces Natalie found– from the antique windows on either side of the flowered arch, to the shoe racks that displayed the our blackberry jam favors, to the mint and blush furniture used during cocktail hour and later on during dancing. However, the details I adored the most, hands-down were the elegant chandeliers that dramatically encircled the ceremony and reception. Everything looked absolutely perfect!

When Alejandro and I walked back from taking couple pictures, I teared up when I saw how gorgeous everything was for the reception. We were both taken aback and thinking, “Wow, this is OUR wedding?” We loved the wooden tables, the beige linens that had just a touch of gold sparkle, the lovely flowers, the glass jewelry boxes filled with roses, the romantic mercury votive candles, and of course the fresh peaches!

My favorite DIY projects were the favors, the postcards, the flip-flops, and the photo booth props. Since Alejandro and I love to travel (and I’ll admit that I have kept a postcard collections since I was 12!), we started collecting vintage postcards from all our favorite places we’d visited for the wedding. Instead of having a guestbook, we asked our guests to “send us some love” by choosing a postcard, writing a message, and addressing it to us in Spain. My dad and sister have been sending us a few postcards every week. It’s really fun to receive them and relive the day a bit!

I searched every Old Navy from Orange to LA in search of mint, pink, and beige flip flops. Our female guests really appreciated them and they were great favors, especially since they were very “California.”

We had an amazing photo booth that already came with fun hats and disguises, but wanted to spice things up a bit by adding a dose of our Spanish and American cultures to the mix! In Madrid, Alejandro and I purchased Spanish flags, flamenco and bullfighter aprons, castanets, pretty fans, and other knick knacks. In California, I got American flags, swimsuit aprons, colored sunglasses (that were also favors) and silly 4th of July headbands and hats. Everyone said one of the best things about the wedding was our photo booth!

The biggest piece of advice would be to start your ceremony early so you have enough time to greet and chat a little with each table.

My best moments were during the ceremony. As I stood next to my father at the end of the isle looking up at my husband-to-be and our best friends on either side, I was absolutely blown away by the monarch butterflies released in memory of my mother. It was such a special moment because I knew she was there celebrating with us.

My other favorite moment was when Alejandro and I exchanged our personal vows in both English and Spanish. Hearing Alejandro speak from his heart in the language we fell in love in living in Spain and then him speaking in my native language was endearing and very meaningful. It was not only a way for all of the Spaniards and Americans to all involved in the ceremony by understanding everything, but also a way of showing our commitment and the unifying of two different families, backgrounds, and cultures.

From the Groom… The best moment of our wedding was when Michella and I expressed our feelings for each other in English and Spanish during our personal vows. Although we were surrounded by people, it was an intimate moment between the two of us, and it seemed as if we were all alone.

Photography: Joel Maus + Lorely Meza For Studio EMP | Cinematography: Lovebirds Film | Floral Design: Stems By Kate | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Wedding Cake: Sweet Art Fine Swiss Confectioner | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: 24 Carrots | Lighting: Honored Occasions | DJ: Honored Occasions | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Event Design And Planning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Hair And Makeup Artists: Sharla Gerkin + Jaime Graham Of Platinum Strands Salon | Paper Goods: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Town And Country | Rentals: Rrivre Works | Wood Sinage: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Boho Chic Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Rancho Las Lomas is where all my wedding dreams come true and this al fresco soiree from White Orchid Productions proves it. Sweet boho-chic Cali vibes are woven throughout, from the intricate and colorful tiling to the Bride’s Nicole Miller dress to the wildly beautiful bouquet. I’ll be drooling over the snaps from JL Photographers like it’s nobodies business if anyone is looking for me—join me here!

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From the beautiful Bride…I was looking forward to going to Napa for our first time and had been for months. I couldn’t wait to be on vacation. I noticed Matt seemed a little uneasy on our drive up that morning but I thought he just didn’t feel well. When we got to Duckhorn Winery they said they were running late so Matt suggested we go walk around the property. Then as we turned the corner he put his arm around me, gave me a little squeeze and with a big grin on his face said “well bubbs (his nickname for me)”…then dropped to one knee, and said “will you marry me.” Shocked, but in the best way possible, I think i started crying as I backed away. The rest is still kind of a blur but I found my way into his arms and he picked me up and gave me the best hug and kiss to date. The rest of the weekend was one big celebration, he even arranged for my mom to come surprise me and join all of us! It was the most amazing trip thanks to Matt and the loving family I get to now be a part of!

Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted a wedding outside with a spanishy feel. Rancho Las Lomas was the first spot we checked out and absolutely fell in love! We ended up looking at a few others but nothing compared in our eyes… and nowhere also came with zebras and tigers. After that, certain pieces just fell into place. We were lucky enough to have friends in the photography, floral and dj world that just so happen to also be extremely talented at what they do and really made what we wanted in our wedding come to life!

Not even 24 hours after we said our I do’s we were off to two weeks in Thailand & Bali… we were beyond happy with our choices, Matts was Thailand and mine was Bali. We spent the next two weeks riding scooters, hanging with monkeys, riding on elephants and lounging on beaches!

From The Groom…We first met at the end of the summer of 2009. Myself and my roommates had some people over for a dance party and Alana happened to come with her friends. Somehow our dance party turned into more of a dance off between Alana and I ending in a handstand contest. Don’t ask who won, we will each say that we did.

Our first date was probably about a month later. I thought I was so sly not telling her where we were going to dinner. Thought I had the greatest hidden gem to take her to. Turns out she used to work there in college and when we walked in the majority of the people knew her. What are the chances.

From The Bride…But he won back major brownie points after dinner… since during dinner I had mentioned I liked his keychain, it was a bagel with a smiley face, and I thought it was funny. He grabbed my hand and led me across the way into Urban Outfitters straight to this display of little boxes and said “pick one.” So I chose one and he took it to the register, paid for it, walked out and said open it. It was a keychain of a doughnut with a smiley face. And he said “now you have one too.” My heart melted.

Photography: JL Photographers | Wedding Coordinator: White Orchid Productions | Flowers: Floreal Design | Ceremony Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Reception Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Catering: 24 Carrots | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Paper Goods: Minted | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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Elegant Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Here’s a sure-fire recipe for wedding success: enlist the help of an amazing team of vendors like Intertwined EventsKacee Geoffroy24 CarrotsFound Vintage Rentals and Jasmine Star.  Then pair that stellar team of superstars up with a breathtaking venue like Rancho Las Lomas and and one crazy stylish duo and, voilà!  Pure, unadulterated perfection.  See it all in the full gallery.  

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From Intertwined Events… Krissi and Clark’s wedding was one to remember. The couple’s Rancho Las Lomas wedding had the perfect combination of outdoor beauty and glam. Krissi was dressed in gorgeous Jimmy Choo’s and Clark’s grandmother’s fur coat, while Clark dazzled in Tom Ford and Ferragamo. From a gorgeous beaded dress to a sequined sweetheart table, their wedding had elegant touches everywhere.

Before the ceremony, the gentlemen of the bridal party prayed together and spoke kind words towards the soon-to-be newlywed couple. Their pastor, who was part of Clark’s life from when he was younger, personalized the entire ceremony. They also wrote their own very unique and personalized vows, which they repeated to one another. It was such a sweet and touching ceremony. The one thing that everyone will remember is their heartfelt letters to their parents. They each wrote letters, which were read out loud, to their parents, as well as each other’s parents; when Krissi thanked Clark’s mom for raising the man of her dreams, it’s safe to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd.

The reception was nothing short of an epic celebration and dance party! Clark is a DJ so house music was incorporated throughout the entire day, from his song down the aisle to the dance session at the reception. The newlyweds walked in for their Grand Entrance with Spirit Animals on, while guests, who were supplied with customized glow sticks, raised their arms and danced the night away.

To ensure the champagne would keep flowing, escort cards were acrylic stir sticks that were designed by Krissi’s brother. Krissi collected mercury glass containers for over a year to get enough for all the tables! They were almost 100 pieces collected in total to be sure that there would be enough to allocate an appropriate amount of sparkle and shine to the reception tables. And not to be missed, the custom cigar bar and lounge area by the fireplace allowed people to momentarily rest their feet between dance sets…you couldn’t keep them off the floor for long!

Photographer: Jasmine Star | Videographer: Threaded Films | Floral Design: Trendy Trimmings | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: 24 Carrots | DJ: Tim Espinoza | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bouquets: Little Hill Floral Design | Event Design & Planning: Intertwined Events | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup And Hair: Kacee Geoffroy

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