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Colorful Lace-Detailed Vintage Garden Wedding

If I had to pick a top ten for fave wedding details, lace would most definitely make the cut. From classic affairs to vintage soirees, it’s a romantic touch that works across the board. And this beauty from Closer To Love Photography, is adorned in head to toe with the loveliest of lace detailing. From the Bride’s stunning dress and the DIY doily candles to the lace-edged invites and cake dressed in sugary lace. It’s all so swoon-worthy and it’s sitting pretty right here.


From Closer To Love Photography… Today we are sending over a beautifully quaint, romantic, and vintage-inspired SoCal Wedding that we had the honor of photographing at the Twin Oaks House and Garden Estate recently. The bride and groom’s hearts are beautiful, and that beauty radiated throughout their entire Wedding Day. From their emotional vows made to one another, to the warm support of close family and friends, Sasha and Jason’s Big Day was simply perfect. Accompanied by vibrant and colorful floral displays, and unique vintage decor throughout, we believe that you will fall in love with this timeless Wedding as much as we have! We will allow Sasha to describe the inspiration behind her Wedding Day… 

From the beautiful Bride… The inspiration behind our Wedding Day first stemmed from my love of Stars Hollow, the fictional small town in the TV show “Gilmore Girls.” I wanted something with a quaint, homey feel that was more reminiscent of the northeast rather than southern CA—gardens, trees, and flowers rather than beaches and Spanish architecture. I wanted a romantic garden fairytale full of twinkle lights. I combined the garden small town idea with my love of 40s music to come up with a vintage garden wedding. I saw an idea for candleholders made of lace doilies on Pinterest and my theme of lace and doilies was born. Most of my ideas came from wedding magazines (which is how we found the venue), Pinterest, and Etsy along with suggestions from my coordinator.

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | Wedding Gown: Dress By Allure Bridals, Couture Collection | Wedding Gown: Mary Me Bridal In Orange | Bride's Shoes: Blue By Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay | Makeup Artist: Christine Grimes At Skin Diva, Assisted By Carrie Cabral | Hair Stylist: Hair By Shelly Brouwers, Assisted By Emily Danaher | Band: The Lovestory Quartet | Groom's Attire: Hollywood Suits | Groomsmen's Attire: Hollywood Suits | Officiant: John McFarland | Bride's Engagement Ring And Wedding Band: Joni Hamilton At 23rd Street Jewelers | Bride's Jewelry: Etsy | Cake Stand Rentals: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Catering, And Cake: Twin Oaks House And Garden Estate | Event Design And Coordination: Jocelyn Girouard At 1703 Event Studios | Florals: 1703 Event Studios | Other Rentals (Mirror Trays, Vintage Bourbon Bottles): Archive Rentals | Stationary (Save The Dates, Invitations, Menus): Moment Prive | Veil: Mary Me Bridal In Orange | Venue: Twin Oaks House And Garden Estate

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Blush Twin Oaks Garden Estate Wedding

When it comes right down to it, blush tones always steal my heart. But this lovely garden soiree from Heidi-o-photo? The blush palette stands for sooo much more. From the bridesmaids dresses and the Bride’s brother donning a pink suit to the florals and linens, blush was a symbol of strength and hope for this Groom and his beautiful Bride, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer twice in the last two years. Not only is this garden soiree romantic-as-ever, but it shines with the most beautiful love.


From the beautiful Bride… Trevor and I first met when I was on vacation in Laguna Beach, California in March of 2009. Right away, I could tell he was sincere, and I knew he was an overall “good guy”. We hit it off from the first minute we met. I flew back to Austin, Texas with stars of hope in my eyes. We kept in contact and took turns traveling to see one another in a whirlwind romance. Five months later, I trusted my instincts and moved to southern California to be with him. Five years later, here we are happily married!

After getting engaged in April of 2012, I researched several different venues near and far that would best represent our partnership. We both enjoy being outdoors and our favorite seasons are spring and summer. I have always dreamed of getting married in an intimate garden filled with beautiful flowers. After being engaged for 2 months we stumbled upon Twin Oaks Garden Estate, and our springtime wedding was officially in the works. Both of our lucky numbers is 4, so it was a complete coincidence that the ONLY available date that fit both of our schedules was April 4, 2014. We both agreed it was meant to be!

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding. It was definitely a family affair! Many amazing details of the wedding were made possible by our family members. My talented mother created all the centerpieces and floral. My creative father is responsible for building some of the props, including our own customized corn-hole game. My brother helped assemble each centerpiece and was there for support in any way possible for my parents and me of course! Together, they created a magical scene! Yes, they drove an 18-foot trailer from San Marcos, Texas carrying most of the décor and supplies, not to mention the beautiful cake that was made by Simon Lee Bakery (The cake was still fresh and AMAZING…thanks to a special cooler made by my dad.).

Trevor’s charismatic uncle was our officiant and added some much needed comic relief when our nerves set in. He is the brother of Trevor’s late father, who passed when Trevor was a toddler. Having him take part in our special day meant the world to both of his family and us.

As for the details, my favorite was definitely the “memory table” in which we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. Some are no longer with us, but they all hold a very special place in our hearts. Our cake topper is another sentimental detail. It has been in my family for about 100 years and will continue to be passed down to future generations. Most of all, we enjoyed celebrating and sharing our special day with our closest friends and family.

We chose the main color to be blush as it holds a very special meaning to the both of us. In March 2012, and again in February 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. From the blush roses, to blush peonies, to the blush bridesmaid dresses. My brother even wore a custom made Gatsby-inspired pink suit in honor of my fight. For Trevor and I, this wedding was a symbol of strength, hope, and lifetime of good health for our wonderful families and dear friends.

Photography: Heidi-o-photo | Bakery: Simon Lee Bakery | Ceremony & Reception: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | Florals & Decor: Creative Inspirations | Hairstylist: Brides Amore

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Colorful Tulip Field Engagement

If tulips make you happy like they make me happy (that’s a lot of happiness), then this sweet engagement session is totally going to make your Monday morning.  It’s the breathtaking tulip fields of Washington meets a crazy cute duo meets the fabulous images of Alexandra Knight Photography and, well… that makes for one pretty amazing way to start the work week.  See every beautiful moment in the full gallery.

From Alexandra Knight Photography… This colorful spring engagement session at the tulip fields in Washington’s Skagit Valley was perfect! Thunderstorms threatened the entire day, but when it came time to shoot, the sun came out and was a gorgeous contrast against the rain clouds that pushed off into the distance. What an awesome backdrop!

Missy and Chris are such a sweet pair and this session was a great chance for their quiet, but loving personalities to come out. Missy wore an adorable dress from Nordstrom and switched out her planned shoes for rain boots since we’d be traipsing around in the mud. We shot at the Roozengaarde Tulip Fields in Mount Vernon, WA on the last weekend of the annual Tulip Festival and were the last group to leave the venue that evening! We were treated to a beautiful, warm sunset and fields still in beautiful bloom.

This session was photographed entirely on film and Missy and Chris’ upcoming wedding in July is sure to be a stunner!

Photographer: Alexandra Knight Photography | Dress: Nordstrom | Tulip Fields: Roozengaarde

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