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Windsor Wedding at the Homestead Estate by Brandon Chesbro, Wedding Photographer

Closing up shop for the evening with a totally serene, breathtakingly gorgeous wedding is just how we like to end a day. It’s simplicity at its best as seen through the lens of Brandon Chesbro. And you wouldn’t think that rustic outdoor details could work so well with a dash of art deco but they do. Oh how they do. See it all right here.

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From the Bride… When Zach and I got engaged, we were living in San Francisco and knew wherever we got married, we wanted it to be a serene. outdoor location. With our families scattered across the country and our future place of residence uncertain, we decided that no matter what the future held, getting married in wine country would be the perfect spot as we’d spent many weekends there as a couple. We came across Homestead Estate, owned by Jim and Janet Sampietro. Not only was their vineyard property breathtaking, the couple was a joy to be around and they also owned a great catering company. We were sold.

Once the location was picked, we began developing our vision: an intimate, Art Deco-inspired garden party. This was a challenge as Art Deco can get kitschy fast, so we focused our inspiration to make sure it still felt classic and timeless. Since we had the garden part down with our vineyard location, we chose we black, ivory, and champagne as our color palette. Zach and I designed all the printed elements together. Centerpieces were made by me and my sister, Kyle, with sculptural succulents planted inside matte gold planters. Since we loved the area so much and most our guests were from out of town, we paid homage to the region by selecting food that was sourced from local vendors, as well as wines picked from Sonoma County.

In the end, we wanted our wedding to an intimate celebration that would also be a true reflection of us as a couple. In writing our vows, Zach and I dug deep into what marriage means to us, and standing up there next to him reciting those words was most definitely my favorite part of the day.  It’s truly overwhelming to be surrounded by those who you love so much and who have been a part of your life for so long. They’ve come together in one spot, on one day, to support you — and that is an amazing feeling!

Wedding Photography: Brandon Chesbro, Wedding Photographer / Wedding Venue: Homestead Estate in Windsor, California (Owned by Jim and Janet Sampietro) / Day-Of Coordination: Sugar Pop Events / Ceremony Flowers + Cocktail Table Centerpieces: Bonnie Black / Dinner Table Centerpieces + Wedding Decor: DIY / Other Floral Design: Studio Choo / Catering: St. Peter’s Fare (Owned by Jim and Janet Sampietro — 707-838-6847) / Wedding Cake: Your Sweet Expectations / Groom’s Cake: Nancy Anderson / Graphic Design: Lindsay Calev / Printing: La Bonne Vie Studio / Speaker Rentals: Breeze Party / Guitarist: Chris Chesbro / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Jewelry: From Family / Hair: Stella Stevens Hair Designs / Makeup: Meagan Milano

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Pasadena Wedding by Christina Dely Photography

If this isn’t the sweetest, most romantic, prettiest pink fete, than I’m not sure what is. I’m literally obsessed with all these drop dead gorgeous images by Christina Dely Photography. The setting is beyond beautiful and the flowers are all kinds of amazing, so it’s no wonder that this wedding is becoming a fast favorite around here. See even more right here!

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From Christina of Christina Dely PhotographyMarina and Dani’s Pasadena wedding was actually a destination wedding for this gorgeous pair, who reside in the state of Texas. We started off the day at the beautiful Bissell House Bed & Breakfast. This cultural landmark was built in the 1800s and provided a stunning backdrop for Marina’s getting ready photos and the couple’s first look. The ceremony and reception were held at the elegant Castle Green. Once a lavish resort and also built in the 1800s, Castle Green provided a lush garden for the couple’s traditional Catholic ceremony. A pianist and violinist played while the wedding party strode down the aisle, which was adorned with lovely white rose petals. Pastel pinks, greens & lavenders were incorporated through out the ceremony and reception.

Wedding Photography: Christina Dely Photography / Wedding Venue: Castle Green in Pasadena, California / Wedding Planning: Carol Roleder of Craig’s Crew / Florist: Flowers by Leah (lhorrigan1@earthlink.com) / Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto / Full-Length Bridesmaid Dress: Windsor / Other Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Limited / Getting Ready Location: The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast / Catering: Martha Ramos of Sofrito Fusion Catering / Pianist: Jeremy Weinglass / Vocalists: Noreen Valdes + George Komsky (noreenav@yahoo.com) / Wedding Invitations: Especially For You Designs (818-345-2988)

California Wedding by Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography

You know what happens to be a show stopping combination? A really cute, crafty couple and an all out DIY extravaganza like this California wedding shot by Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography. It is a big ol’ family shindig and happens to be mucho adorbs to boot. The bride is breakin it down for you in the description so be sure to read all about it then get your gallery on here.

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From the Bride… “Do it yourself” was the heartbeat of the work that went into our big day. Wil and my dad even built the barn for the reception themselves! Just kidding. But really, I think many people miss out on adding personality and tightening their budgets by not fully digging into resources around them. We found that a little blog-searching and creative thinking go a long way, and that people really want to help! We also found that hunting in unexpected places turned up our favorite treasures. Old quilts covered the soundboards in the reception hall, lanterns hung from the branches of the tree above with twine made our arbor, and mason jars and doilies we collected from our house and from friends made up the centerpieces for the tables. I’ll admit, I was skeptical going into some of the places we looked, thinking that I would never find anything worth my while. But keeping my vision and an open mind together, I ended up with a wedding that exceeded our expectations without too far exceeding our budget.

Our favor table is a good example of this. One of my favorite parts of the decor, it was made up of things we had. A buffet table, step stool, a couple crates and a galvanized bucket or two held the favors (which we did ourselves). It was dimensional, a little eclectic, and visually a focal point of the outdoor decor. I was delightfully surprised when pieces from our own home became my favorite touches!  We thought it would be fun to do several different favors for guests to choose from. Honey jars, wildflower mix seed boxes, sunflower bulbs, and candy buckets for the kids comprised our favor choices. We designed our tags and printed them at home, and most of our supplies came from online bulk supply companies. Clearance sections and dollar stores were great unexpected resources too.

DIY invitations are surprisingly doable and a good place to shrink the budget. We found simple invitation kits that fit with our color scheme on sale at a party supply store, and figured for the price, we could definitely work with it. A few extra hours designing on my computer, inspiration from printed materials that I liked, and my local printing store turned a cheap, basic kit from “eh” to exactly what we wanted!

We used old fence boards a friend was getting rid of for signs all over the grounds of the venue. They had a vintage look, and with phrases like “wedding this way” and “thank you,” they made the guests feel welcomed. Start with old fenceboard, cut to any size (we tapered the ends), and mark out the phrase first with white chalk, that way you can fix mistakes. Then all it takes is white craft paint and foam brush to trace over, and you have decor you can put anywhere and add a lot visually.

Wil and I are a down-to-earth, laid-back pair of musicians, and our greatest desires for our day were to make it organic, comfortable, and full of life. We wanted our guests to have fun, enjoy themselves, and really celebrate – big ol’ happy family style – what God had woven together. We kept the traditions that were special to us, tossed the ones that didn’t matter, and worked hard to imagine a day that truly expressed our hearts. That’s why we wanted to have the ceremony outdoors (the oak tree was a big plus!). Wil even surprised me with a song he wrote for our wedding day! Moments like that, planned and unplanned, made the day perfect for us.

My favorite memories are made up of every time Wil stopped me, held me, and said, “Close your eyes, take it in.” Everybody tells you, “it goes by so fast!” He purposed to really grab onto the moments, from beginning to end, and because of that, I didn’t feel like the day went by me; instead, we settled into and enjoyed every part of it and now have vivid memories of so many parts of the wedding.

Wedding Photography: Lukas VanDyke Fine Art Photography / Wedding Venue: The Flower Farm Inn / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Danielle Parker / Shoes: Payless / Bridesmaid Dresses: Windsor / Groom’s Attire: JCPenney + Gap / Groom’s Shoes: Vans / Wedding Cinematography: Rory Delmue, Cousin of the Bride / Event Design & Decor: Sherri Roy, Mother of the Bride + Amber Burns + The Bride / Wedding Invitations: The Bride / Calligraphy: Tammi Brimer / Catering & Wedding Cake: Karen’s Bakery, Cafe and Catering / Ceremony Flowers: Bonnie Flory of b. floral / Reception Flowers: Kim Collins of Buds for Life