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DIY Temecula Creek Inn Wedding

Oh, rustically awesome DIY wedding.  I sort of think you are the best thing ever, and I can’t wait to spend my Monday evening basking in your goodness.  From those perfectly imperfect florals to the crazy crafty details to a bride and groom who are the epitome of HAPPY, it’s a perfect Temecula party in every.which.way.  See every moment captured by Greg Hoskins right here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day is best described as personal and creative in an original way. From all of our friends and family being very involved, to the incredible attention to detail. We had a lot of DIY touches. We brought in all of the furniture and decor. I loved that we made the big and open space feel like an extension of our home. My mother and a few friends did all of the flower arrangements, garlands, centerpieces, and bouquets. I love this aspect because each and every one was different. We had a big outdoor wedding and we wanted the flowers to feel as natural to the space as possible. My aunt and I designed our invitations, name cards, table names, and personalized placemats. We also planted and grew every single succulent that was given as a favor in our own garden. The sign we used for the favors was a piece of wood that we found at a flea market and we added a chalkboard to the opening. The other chalkboards that were used were all bought separately over time and the wooden signs were all collected and painted on by us. The napkins were tied together by my aunt and cousin and each one had a flower tied in. Our cake forks were engraved and our cake topper was the same one my grandparents used, they have been married over 60 years. Each centerpiece was different, with a vintage/English/tea theme using all of my mother’s china, etc. Each table number was a name of a state that Don and I have been to together for our jobs.

For our aisle runner, I wanted to stretch that decor into our ceremony so we had oriental rugs lining the aisle. We wanted to incorporate volleyball in some classy way so we painted on them and used them for staging as well as pictures to send out as a thank you. For my something blue, I cut a piece of my dads blue jeans into the shape of a heart and had it sewn into my dress. I also had my sash made for me, I gave her some ideas of what I liked and wanted and she handmade it for my dress. Sticking with our vintage feel, all of my jewelry was either passed down from family or used as my something borrowed. A ring that I wore is from one of my best friends and in our group. Three other friends have worn it on their wedding day.

We are creative people and many of our guests are artists and share that creativity so we had a friend sit behind our ceremony and paint it while we got married. We also put up a blank canvas for people to contribute to throughout the night, this way we had something from everyone to put in our home. We love hardback books so I found a first edition of Romeo and Juliet and took the pages out and had blank pages sewn in to use as our guestbook. This way we can have it in our bookshelf and not packed away somewhere. We are competitive people so we wanted to have some games for activity. Instead of buying cornhole boards we got the wood and made them ourselves. I had a friend paint our profiles on them and we labeled them “mr. right” and “mrs. always right”. We also painted a gold and blue “K” on the gold and blue bags for the University that Don works at, Kent State. For our Thank You notes, I wrote a note and had my aunt print them on cards in Kent State’s colors and we hand tied bells on each card and placed them on the seats. When we were officially married, everyone rang their bells for us.

For dessert, we decided to do s’mores stations at each fire pit as well as a 4-tiered cake with three different flavors. I was inspired by the theme of our decor when I chose the design for our cake. I wanted it to be elegant, vintage, and keep with the creative vibe. We framed pictures of our engagement shots as well as wedding pictures of people in our family that have been married. We admire those marriages and wanted to honor them in a special way.

I love printed umbrellas and I had this idea to collect a bunch of umbrellas and hang them to make a ceiling over the dance floor. Due to logistics this didn’t workout as well as we planned so we ended up making a backdrop around the bar. I wanted to have a cheeseburger as one of our course options because, well, I am just that kind of girl. Since this was not an option I made sure they brought out sliders later in the evening as late night bites. They grilled them right in front of us and it added to our personal ambiance, not to mention they were so yummy! During cocktail hour we made a trail mix station, in addition to tray passed appetizers. We brought in a bunch of different containers and ingredients and let people make goodie bags that had a personalized stamp on it as a memento. My parents are big wine lovers, and so we purchased all of the wine for the dinner and reception. My dad hand selected each bottle, and it was appreciated by the many guests who also appreciate their wine.

When I walked down the aisle we had a friend sing a song and play his guitar, he also sang and played our first dance song. When that was over, him and I surprised Don with a remix of a song that Don and I sing and dance to at home. Our officiant is a very dear friend and he wrote the ceremony himself, based on our meetings together. Don and I also wrote our own vows in addition to vows that our officiant wrote himself. Our flower girls are nieces and my Matron of Honor’s little girl. Our Ring bearer is a nephew and he held a special sign that was a surprise for Don. Our amazing photographer is someone we flew down from Idaho. He has also done two of my closest friend’s weddings, including my Matron of Honor. His style and the way he creates an atmosphere between the couple is personal and unique….so naturally he was perfect for our wedding!

Photography: Greg Hoskins Photography | Cinematography: Luke St. Hilaire Of Dlux Entertainment | Dress: Shelley Ann Design, The Ivory Suite In Pasadena | Floral Design: DIY | Cake: Cakes To Celebrate | Bride's Shoes: Toms | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Flaherty Jewelers, Arlington Heights IL | Make-up: Sierra Buchanan Of Flirt Beauty Bar | DJ: Ron Canzano Of Dlux Entertainment | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Ceremony & Reception Location: Temecula Creek Inn, Stone House | Event Coordination : Laura Kressig | Event Planning & Design: DIY | Groomsmen: Carson's | Musician: Brad Seidenfeld

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Wine Country Inspiration Shoot from Ashley Kelemen Photography

Inspired by the Italian countryside, and the idea of a beautiful dinner al fresco, this group of talents set out to recreate that magic and showcase just the right details for incorporating the same look and feel into your wedding day. Those talents include picture perfect images by Ashley Kelemen and design and florals by one of our favorites Sweet Emilia Jane. It’s dusty pastels set against the lush greenery of wine country and topped off with the prettiest of cakes by Stevi AubleSee even more here.

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Al Fresco

With this shoot, we really wanted to pay homage to the beautiful wine country in Temecula but with an Italian flair picking a muted palette of dusty purples, blues and grays, and full of lush, elegant details. Rather than using more traditional autumn colors, we wanted the shoot to feel timeless and clean for year round inspiration.

We shot at a private venue with breathtaking views of the gorgeous surrounding vineyards which set the mood for the entire shoot. Under the shade of a lush old pepper tree, Emilia created a tablescape rich with texture and our moody palette, pulling in subtle, classic touches through crystal votives and vases filled with organically modern floral arrangements. The same luxurious florals from the table were mirrored in the incredible bridal bouquet and the rich greens over our wedding arch, all of which complemented the gardens around the estate perfectly. The selection of vintage chairs and benches from Pow Wow really created a cozy, elegant vibe around the table. The artfully creative food from roomforty made the table setup feel extra special, and, of course, a stunning cake rounded out the meal perfectly! The venue has so many unique spaces to use for cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and we loved the lounge areas Pow Wow created in each where our bride and groom could relax and spend time enjoying their day.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Cake: Stevi Auble | Catering: roomforty | Hair and Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Grooms Attire: H&M | Bridal Gowns: Kirstie Kelly | Design, Florals + Paper Goods: Sweet Emilia Jane | Furniture Rental & Set Styling: Pow Wow | Glassware, Flatware, China: The Vintage Table Co. | Model: Bride: Christina Riddell | Model: Groom: Ian Riggs | Photo Assistant: Captured by Aimee | Venue: Private Estate

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Southern California Wedding from Closer to Love Photography

This wedding is a little vintage, a little Italian, a little bohemian… and I’m obsessed with it. It’s absolutely stunning and filled to bursting with so many heartfelt details the likes of which I’ve never seen before. But the thing I love most is the way Closer to Love Photography was able to capture the absolute love between these two.

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Vintage

From the stunning bride… Brian and I had an amazing time planning our wedding together over the year and three months before ‘I Do.’ Our inspiration was romantic, vintage Italian. We really strived to make our wedding a reflection of us as a couple. When looking for a venue, we were focused on finding something unique and romantic with a beautiful view. If I had my way I would have dragged everyone to Italy, but knowing that was not a possibility, the next best thing was a gorgeous vineyard. It really helped set the tone for the wedding of our dreams!

We chose to incorporate a lot of DIY details. We printed our save the dates with the Florentine symbol map of Italy painted in watercolor by our good friend and artist, Holly Bliss Rogers. We handmade and wax sealed envelopes for our Italian inspired invitations – design elements hand drawn by groomsman and talented artist, Nicolas Gibson. It was so important to have the hands of our family and friends in our wedding. We are so grateful for them using their incredible talent to enrich our big day!

The invitations were just the beginning. I insisted on making just about every detail, big and small, in the wedding. We made several trips to flea markets, craft stores and the hardware store over the course of our planning. It started with the table numbers, which was a big project – wood was cut, stained, hand painted and drilled to add vintage key plates and crystal doorknobs. The vintage romance look was enhanced by the work of our incredible florist. The mercury glass and vintage inspired vases we collected was enhanced by the beautiful floral arrangements with all their color and texture. I was completely blown away by the creative beauty Cachet Fiore came up with. They even arranged all the DIY elements in a beautiful display that really show cased all our hard work!

Beyond table décor, my biggest vision for the wedding was incorporating cork art. With the help of friends and family to collect, paint and cut corks, we were able to create three beautiful and large cork art pieces. They turned out even better than I had imagined. Corks were also incorporated in the Mr. and Mrs. Signs hung in front of the sweetheart table and served as nametag holders. As guests walked into the reception space, they could see the escort displays, which we painted and added lace to for a romantic touch. The attached escort keys served a dual purpose – guests were to write their “Key to a Happy Marriage” and return them to the guestbook box. We wanted to keep the skeleton keys from Brian’s family, and it is so meaningful to have a guestbook we can display in our house. The Irish handfasting knot was another very important piece made by our good friend, Eric Anderson. It had lace from both of our mom’s dresses attached and the Celtic knot to symbolize eternity along with the two lover’s knot which is the strongest for joining two lines together or “tying the knot.”

Some of the most important DIY projects to us were the little details. I had the most fun creating all the boutonnieres, with berries from our front yard and feathers, for my favorite guys. I learned a new wire wrapping skill to make the earrings for my bridesmaids as well. My garter was likely the most challenging – there were a lot of layers and I didn’t realize how difficult it was to work with elastic, but it turned out just how I envisioned. It has my signature feather attached – I had to be able to add a little bohemian, hippie (which I am known for) element to the wedding. I also created my cuff and hairpiece to add a little shimmer.

Something Old: Lace from my mom’s dress wrapped around my bouquet

Something New: My Maggie Sottero Bernadette gown and sheer lace booties

Something Borrowed: My Matron of Honor, Megan’s crystal hair pins

Something Blue: My great grandmother’s ring passed down to me by my mom

And a sixpence in my shoe…

The most important element of our wedding was love. We were surrounded by love from family and friends, which we hoped was evident in all the details of our special day. Most importantly, the deep, unending love expressed to one another through our written vows was the moment we will forever celebrate and cherish.

Photography: Closer to Love Photography | Venue: Ponte Winery | Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Dresser | Bride’s Rings: Affinity & CO Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dress: Wtoo by Watters from The White Dress | Groom’s Suit: Indochino | Groom’s Ring: Minter and Richter | Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Cufflinks: Kristin Victoria | Groom’s Tie Clip: Royal Countess | Groomsmen Suits: Alfani from Macy’s | Flowers: Cachet Fiore | Cake: Cakes-to-Celebrate | DJ: Chris Paul

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