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Elegant Crossed Keys Inn Wedding

In all honesty, this feature took me far too long to put together. Why? Because it’s impossible not to be completely captivated by this gallery from CLY BY MATTHEW, it’s just soooo pretty. And can we talk about the Bride’s insanely gorgeous Sarah Seven dress from Lovely Bride? I need this dress in my life. Toss on a little seafoam, a little teal, one super adorable vintage red truck and it’s wedding perfection.


From the beautiful Bride…I have never been one to believe in romantic movies and ideas that are prevalent in them like…FATE. I slept through Love Actually to the horror of my now husband who has watched Love Actually more times than he can count and knows lines by heart. As corny as it sounds and even though it goes against every practical, non-romantic bone in my body, I have to say that marrying Ray was fate. We have never lived in the same area and yet kept crossing paths throughout our lives (starting from elementary school). Eventually, when we crossed paths as young adults, sparks flew on one side but not reciprocated by the other. We barely got to know each other before we went our separate ways again and I never expected us to ever cross paths again. But 2 years later, January 2010 somehow brought us to be in the same place at the same time and this time, sparks flew on BOTH sides. Or it could be that I just opened my eyes finally to what was meant to be. And so began a love story 21 years in the making.

3 years later, we were engaged and started to plan what we referred to as “the greatest party of our lives.” We wanted a wedding that would be have a comfortable and relaxing vibe that would allow our guests to mingle and just have a good time without being restricted to a stuffy ballroom. I had seen Crossed Keys Inn in a magazine a few years ago and fell in love with the big white tent and basically everything else it offered. So naturally, I convinced Ray to drive an hour in the middle of January, a few weeks after our engagement, to see the venue in person. We both fell in love and could see ourselves having the perfect wedding here, even when it was freezing and covered in snow everywhere. Without even seeing any other venues, we immediately signed with Crossed Keys and began our long 18 month journey of wedding planning. In search for inspiration for the perfect romantic, vintage wedding that I envisioned, I spent countless hours poring over SMP and Pinterest. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I spent almost every single free minute I had looking through these 2 amazing resources. Obviously, I ended up getting overwhelmed with the endless choices and if it weren’t for my sane, reasonable fiancé and friends bringing me back to reality, I would have ended up planning way more than I can handle. In the end, our wedding day was the perfect amount of detail which I owe to our awesome, talented vendors, bridesmaids who made an amazing team, and the most thoughtful and caring fiancé in the world. Ray and I made nearly every decision together no matter how small of a detail without a single fight. The fact that I could look back at the pictures and videos and see both of our special touches everywhere (like the candle he brought so the girls can get ready in a beautifully scented room) made the day that much more special. Throughout wedding planning, Ray would say he wanted me to be able to look back 10, 20 years down the road and say I had the wedding of my dreams. This alone made our wedding day the wedding of my dreams already and everything else was just icing on the cake.

Photography: Matthew And Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Event Designs By Katherine | Wedding Dress: Sarah Sevens From Lovely Bride | Wedding Bands: Love Rocks | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Ivy & Aster | Catering: Celso's Catering | Hair And Make Up: VickyC5 | DJ: Gemini Productions | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Photo Booth: Big Cheese Booth | Wedding Venue: Crossed Keys Inn

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Romantic Barnsley Gardens Engagement Session

These two? They’re pretty darn adorable. And their love for one another (proven by their sweet, sweet words below) is unmatchable. They teamed up with Gracie Blue Photography to capture that love at the beautiful Barnsley Gardens Resort, and the result is one of my fave love shoots to date. Have a peek for yourself right here in the gallery.

From Gracie Blue PhotographyLisa and Stephen wanted their engagement session to take place in a location that matched their relationship, which they describe as romantic, affectionate and private. They fell in love with the beautiful Barnsley Gardens and we all agreed that the setting matched them perfectly. What’s more romantic than a beautiful private garden with historic old ruins as a backdrop?

From the beautiful Bride-to-be…From the moment I met Stephen, I had this really good gut feeling about him. We hit it off right away. Stephen exceeded my expectations in every single way. During the 9 months of our long distance relationship, we flew to see each other as often as possible, and we talked on the phone and skyped all the time. We were addicted to talking with each other to the point where I was always tired at work. I always had to look out for how many minutes I was using on my phone every month because I went over the limit a couple of times. He worked really hard to get the job in Atlanta, which was extremely competitive, and there was a high possibility that he would not get that job. Despite all the obstacles and the distance between us, as cheesy as it sounds, he made me believe in love again. He gave me hope, and he made me feel a kind of happiness I never felt before. Usually there’s a lot of pressure to a relationship when someone moves for the other person, but I felt like with us, we didn’t have to try to make it work or force anything to happen. Instead, we fell in love and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

I want to remember how we never take each other for granted, and we are always grateful to be together. I want to remember all the inside jokes we have with each other. Our perfect Saturday together is hanging out at a park or hiking, and then, dinner and a movie. We like to keep it simple. It really doesn’t matter what we end up doing because we enjoy every minute we have with each other since he works a lot of weekends. We share a tradition to go on a yearly cabin trip. We bring food with us and grill for our meals. We hike around the nearby trails, and relax by the fireplace watching a movie and roasting marshmallows. I love how Stephen understands all my quirks and appreciates them. I love that he was raised with good morals, and I love his patience and compassion.

From the handsome Groom-to-be…I love that Lisa laughs at some of the strangest and littlest things, and I love that we have started to build an extensive list of inside jokes that no one else can understand. I love that she gives me a lot of support. She has made my life much more fulfilling and joyful.

Photography: Gracie Blue Photography | Resort: Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Rustic Glam Nipomo Wedding

This pretty little barn bash from Amanda McKinnon Photography is sure to put a pep in your step today my dears. It’s rustic. It’s glam. It’s adorable. A marrying of sparkles and lace, succulents and peonies, distressed wood and lovely lettering… and it’s oh-so-lovely. See even more here in the full gallery!


From the beautiful Bride…Richard and I are both from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago. When Richard proposed we both decided that we wanted to get married here in California where we started our life together and where we are building our future. We knew that it would mean some of the important people in our lives wouldn’t be able to make the trip, but from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be exactly what we wanted and not worry what other people thought. The moment I stepped into the Dana Powers barn I knew it was where I wanted to get married. It took my breath away. From there, everything fell together. My family owns a floral business in Chicago so of course I knew I was in good hands from the start. Our wedding was all about the fun, personalized details and enjoying the natural beauty of the California coast. We worked with the absolute best vendors and everything turned out exactly as I had imagined. Everything was truly “us” from the mac and cheese and root beer floats, to the beautiful peonies, to the sequined tablecloths. I loved every minute of it! My advice to brides planning would be to not be afraid to do what you think is fun and don’t worry about what others think or expect! Its your day!

Photography: Amanda McKinnon Photography | Florist: Ashland-Addison Florist | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Two Cooks Catering | Hair And Makeup: Rhyan Townsend | DJ: Joe LaBarbera | Groomsmen Attire: Beaux Neckwear | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Dana-Powers House

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