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Romantic Mint + Blush Vineyard Wedding

Mint and blush will forever be a recipe for happiness here on SMP, and today’s version from Michael & Anna Costa Photography might just go down in the books as one of my fave. I’m enamored with the BCBG bridesmaid dresses that pair so perfectly with the Bride’s Lazaro dress from JLM Couture, I adore the hints of pink rose from Bloomers Floral Design scattered throughout and did you see those pink sweetheart table chairs?! Best part? There’s sooo much more in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… When Josh and I got engaged in the middle of winter we knew we wanted a summer wedding but didn’t want to wait over a year to get married so we decided to plan a wedding in just 7 months. Thanks to our hands-on families we were able to pull it off. I wanted a small romantic intimate wedding and Josh wanted a big classic party so we chose something in between and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

It was love at first site when we visited Lago Giuseppe Cellars. From the vineyard, to the beautiful natural reservoir, to the trees dripping in Spanish Moss, it was the perfect place to make the biggest promise of our lives in front of our family and friends. I knew with the help of my mom we could complement the natural beauty with the romantic touches I was envisioning. Once the venue was booked, myself, Josh, and both of our families hit the ground running to plan our version of an epic wedding!

Josh and I waited until the ceremony to see each other that day. The anticipation and nerves had been building all day, but the moment I saw him standing there with his eyes welled with tears all of it melted away and I wanted to sprint down the aisle into his arms (cheesy, I know!). It was such an overwhelmingly beautiful feeling. We wrote our own vows and Josh’s included a portion in French — mind you he doesn’t speak a word of the language! It was incredibly romantic and utterly shocking, it brought everyone to tears.

After the emotional ceremony, it was time to start celebrating! Josh and I spent hours curating a master list of songs for our guests to enjoy. One of his greatest joys in life is music, so this detail was one of the most important. We were fortunate to find a DJ that understood Josh’s passion in Malik. One of the most memorable events of the evening was Malik mixing Kaskade’s 2012 Coachella live set of Eyes with Ben E. Kings, Stand by Me for our first dance. This took a lot of convincing on my end but it turned out really special and our friends went crazy!

Later in the evening after a delicious dinner and epic speeches given by friends and family, we handed out glow in the dark foam sticks, light up glasses, and cute light up Minnie Mouse ears. The dance floor literally came alive! It was one of the best last minute decisions we made!

Speaking of last minute decisions, we decided two weeks before the wedding to book a videographer and photo booth. Josh went to Lake Tahoe for his bachelor party, and one night I got a phone call at 3 a.m. with him screaming into the phone, “I won money! We can get a videographer and a photo booth!!” I loved how at 3 a.m. he was thinking about how to make my dream come true. Swoon. We lucked out big time in booking Ryan from Satellite Video. We’re obsessed with the video!

Our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives. There is something so special about having everyone you love there to witness you starting your journey together. I am so happy we went with Josh’s desire for a big wedding. The day went off with out a hitch and I couldn’t be more thankful for our kind and generous families.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Videographer: Satellite Weddings | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: BFC Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG | Catering: La Donna Dolce Catering | DJ: Malik Miko Thorne | Grooms Attire: Armani | Photo Booth: Moore Photo Booth | Wedding Venue: Lago Giuseppe Cellars

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Templeton Wedding from MEF Photography

California is home to some of the prettiest weddings on the planet. That’s a fact. But when you have a bride with the most impeccable sense of style, it takes a California wedding from pretty to positively perfect. And as a talented graphic artist, this bride had her hand dipped into all aspects of the day’s design. Add in the peachy-perfect florals from Adornments Flowers plus the breathtaking photos from MEF Photography, and you’ve got a gallery that’s sure to inspire. But as if that weren’t enough, there’s a film by Rain Studios to tie to all together.


From MEF Photography…I am so excited to share this peach, feminine, loving wedding at Lago Giuseppe in Templeton, CA,  because remembering it brings me such joy. I tend to have strong relationships with my clients, but Katie + Danny, with their warmth and trueness of spirit, nuzzled themselves into a very special corner of my heart. And their wedding was such a perfect showcase of their love and lives. But I think my favorite part is not just how personal their wedding was, rather that it was made so personal by the bride herself. Katie is a super talented graphic designer who knew exactly what she wanted. She brought such elegant femininity to her details, all of which she personally designed, proofed, printed and assembled. She also honored Danny’s Hawaiian heritage (with his Maile Lei, the koa wood in his wedding ring, and by blowing a conch shell to start the ceremony) and included clever nods to his love of bass fishing (check out their escort card display!). Their engagement session was done mostly on his boat! A good wife, indeed.

And oh, the peach! From the invitations, programs, and pinwheels (care of the brides’s sister-in-law!), to the favors, flowers, and flags. Katie so beautifully wove her accent color in and through every possible detail of the day, without being overbearing in the least. I also can’t forget to mention that Katie’s grandfather serenaded Katie and her father during their dance—tear-jerker central! And the ceremony was officiated by Katie’s brother!

A fire pit, s’mores, a beautiful dessert bar, blankets for their guests, pre-ceremony beers for the guys, Katie’s mother’s wedding veil. I could talk for ages about this wedding, it left such a mark on my soul, and I believe the photos ooze Katie + Danny—their personalities, their happiness and their unique and splendid relationship. But I could do no better job in my description than the bride herself could, so I will let hers stand:

From the Bride…When it came to picking a location for our wedding, choosing the Central Coast was a no-brainer. Being really laid back ourselves, we loved the laid back feeling the towns in that area had. I actually found our venue, Lago Giuseppe, on Style Me Pretty when we were first searching for locations. If there was a spike in Internet traffic to “Templeton Wedding by Three Nails Photography”, it was probably all me. I fell in love with the location and once I met the family that owned the property, I fell in love with them too. I truly felt like they treated us like we were a part of their family and I can’t wait to visit their growing winery in the years to come.

Being a graphic designer, I appreciate when people put their trust in me when doing designs, so when I picked our vendors, that’s exactly what I did. I trusted their craft and let them take charge since they were the experts. And they certainly did not disappoint. I have to give a huge thanks to The Wedding Standard ( website. I utilized that as a starting point for choosing most of the vendors we used. The Wedding Standard has hand-selected a group of trusted wedding professionals in the Central Coast and it really made me feel comfortable that I picked reputable people.

I could go on and on with rave reviews about each of our vendors, but the best decision we made was choosing our photographer, Molly. She captured so much emotion and we are beyond in love with our photos. Your photographer will be with you more than any other person on your big day and having her around was such a joy. It was like having a good friend along for the ride all day. She may be tiny, but she flawlessly ran the show when getting all of our portraits done. Trying to herd the bride and groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and families from both sides is no easy task and I never knew how important having an organized photographer would be until that day. We can’t thank her enough for the memories she captured that will last a lifetime.

Wedding Photography: MEF Photography | Ceremony + Reception Location: Lago Giuseppe Cellars | Wedding + Graphic Design: The Bride, KT Designs | Wedding Cinematography: Rain Studios | Floral Design: Adornments Flowers | Paper Pinwheels: Paper Sky | Desserts: Two Little Birds Bakery | Hair + Makeup: The Queen’s Bees | Wedding Dress: Jasmine Bridal | Bride’s Shoes + Earrings: Macy’s | Bracelet: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ruche

Templeton, California Wedding from Sarah Kathleen Photography

On the opposite side of a traditional ballroom affair lies a little gem we like to call California classic. It’s a type of wedding that utilizes the clear blue skies as its backdrop, where the sunshine runs a plentith and a layer of casual elegance is woven into each and every detail. This Templeton wedding indeed checks every one of those boxes along with photographs by Sarah Kathleen that capture maybe the best detail of all; the Bride’s big, beaming smile. It’s totally infectious and you can see even more of it right here in the full gallery as well as in the film by Joel VanZ way too sweet to pass up.

From the Bride… John and I were extremely lucky and honored to be married at his family’s vineyard in Templeton, CA. The property is an incredibly special place for us and is where most of our big relationship milestones took place, so getting married there set the stage for a wedding that was very personal from start to finish. A good friend of ours officiated the ceremony, another good friend catered, the wine was made by John’s dad, the beer was made by John’s uncle, and my dad planned and manned the cigar and Scotch bar.

Our main goal in planning the wedding was for it to be romantic and warm and very us, but most of all, we wanted it to be an incredibly fun party for our friends and family who had traveled so far to be there. I think we succeeded! What started off as a nearly unbearably hot 100 degree day turned into one of most beautiful and warm nights we’ve ever experienced and eating dinner outside under the cafe lights with everyone we love was something we’ll never forget. Our first dance, our delicious rosemary lemonade fizz cocktails, the amazing food, the awesome music & extremely energetic dancing.

Everything was perfect from beginning to end. My advice for brides planning a wedding at a venue that is more or less bare bones like I did? Start planning early and don’t stop! There are a million things to think through that you wouldn’t ever need to think about at a real wedding venue: Power generators, porta potties, lighting… the list goes on and on! Also – do something uniquely you and a little unexpected: We surprised our guests with late night karaoke and, given the open bar, it was a big hit!

Wedding Photography: Sarah Kathleen Photography / Wedding Venue: Groom’s Family Vineyard in Templeton, California / Wedding Planning: Danae Grace Events / Floral Design: Brianne Arrastia / Wedding Cinematography: Joel VanZ Outdoor Wedding Films / Catering: Culinary Eye Catering & Events / Invitations: Brown Linen – Calligraphy & Fine Design / DJ: Kramer Events / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Embellish Vintage Rentals / Wedding Dress: Sarah Morgan Bridal / Bride’s Sandals: Vera Wang Lavender via Nordstrom / Bride’s Earrings: Borrowed / Bride’s Bracelet/Cuff: Forever 21 / Bride’s Hair Clip: Blue Brocade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Bridesmaids’ Own Shoes / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Mix of H&M, Forever 21 + Personal Collections / Hair: Hive Natural Beauty Collective / Makeup: Makeup by Bernadette