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Organic Dinner Party Wedding Inspiration

If I could bottle up this gorgeous wedding inspiration and use it for my own wedding? I would in a heartbeat. It’s everything I love about the cozy, intimate, semi-rustic elegant style that I return to every time. A quaint ceremony, followed by an al fresco family-style dinner sounds like complete heaven to me. And that table? The chairs from Found Vintage Rentals are perfection. Top it off with wild florals from Sweet Marie Designs and call it a day. With Bryan N. Miller Photography behind all the pretty shots, and To La Lune designing and coordinating the event, swooning is welcomed right over here.

From Alise of Sweet Marie DesignsAs Bryan and I discussed our inspiration for this shoot, the idea of basics continued to resonate with us. We thought back to simpler times such as those cherished moments from childhood when people weren’t distracted by technology and rather the focus was on others. A time where meeting at the dinner table and facilitating deep relationships between family and friends was a priority.

Having both traveled separately to Europe, Bryan and I reflected on moments we found those priorities within the European culture, despite technological advances. Basic is life, clean and simple is important, and the true artistry, is ideal. From then on we knew every aspect of this shoot had to reflect such ideals, the kind of life we seek when we are forced into stillness.

We were all set to go… our idea was European life: back to the basics. What better way to show communal interaction between family and friend over dinner with a marriage? We dressed our bride in a beautiful Jenny Packham gown and suited up our groom in a clean navy suit. All colors were to reflect the neutral tones we see every day. Natural linens, wood chargers, white china. All the way to dipping our own bee’s wax candles with Mr. B’s Luminaries, every part of this elopement had all of our hands in it, embracing the idea of community and artistry.

Following this theme of real life situations, we wanted to make sure that the table scape wasn’t just this pristinely pretty yet detached image. The day was to be lived and celebrated. Glasses are to be used not just filled to the perfect oz., cheese isn’t cut perfectly and honey overflows from our charcuterie board.

Life is to be celebrated! Lets all take part!

Photography: Bryan N. Miller Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Bliss Bride | Invitations: Lovely Paper Things | Catering: Cucina Coronado | Make-Up: Beach Bridal Beauty | Candles: Mr. B's Luminaries | Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune | Macarons: Sweet Marie Designs | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop: The Hostess Haven

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Elegant Montecito Estate Wedding

Sometimes ‘simple’ takes the cake. An intimate affair set at a family estate, sprinkled with creams, touches of gold and single calla lilies for the bridesmaids. It just works. And then, there’s the stunning Bride who had her sweet mother walk her down the aisle in a gorgeous twenties-inspired gown. With a gallery as gorgeous as this one from Maya Myers, I think you’ll agree, ‘simple’ is lovely-as-ever.

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Fall
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Elegant

About the couple… Sibyl leads the Marketing team for Whole Foods Market in Redondo Beach, CA. Her father, Hugh H. Fenwick, was mayor of Bernardsville, NJ until his death in 2002. Her grandmother is the late Millicent Hammond Fenwick, four-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey and 1st United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Wixon is a freelance film and television editor in Los Angeles.

From the beautiful Bride… We met in high school. It was a small school and we had a lot of classes together, but ran in different circles. While we blew it in high school, God gave us a second chance a few years ago when I moved to LA for my job as a chef. When times are tough Wix puts things in perspective and comforts me. We push each other, support each other, but most important we laugh a lot.

We both knew we wanted an intimate ceremony. Our families are from the east coast, so a destination wedding kept it to our closest friends and family. My uncle Peter is bi-coastal, with a home in Santa Barbara. He was gracious enough to allow us to host our wedding at his beautiful estate. It was one of the places that helped bring us together as we spent many wonderful weekends there when we needed to escape LA. We know it had to be the place where we would join our families and our new life together.

I hate shopping! So when the time came to find my dress, traditional wedding dress shops failed to capture my dreams. Luckily, a friend knew a designer who makes custom dresses inspired by different decades. I always loved the roaring 20′s, so when I met with Maria, I knew she was the one. She was able to incorporate my grandmother’s family lace into my dress and wedding veil. My bridesmaids chose a simple over the shoulder, draped dress that beautifully complimented my own.

We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel warm and welcoming. The natural beauty of my uncle’s property allowed us to keep the decorations simple. We emphasized the verdant landscape, lighting the lush gardens and towering trees from beneath to create our own cathedral ceiling under the stars.

Reinforcing our organic, sustainable ethos, we chose neutral colors and natural fabrics. Silk and burlap, cream and beige. My favorite color is navy blue, so that became an accent color. Navy blue and grey also happened to be our high school colors. Since that’s where we first met and some of our best friends and wedding party members (including Maya, our wedding photographer) attended the Millbrook School with us, it was great to incorporate that motif in our design. We even named the tables after each of our old dormitories!

Instead of a traditional layered wedding cake, we opted to get several cakes from our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara: Jane. We presented them on staggered rustic wine crates we collected over the months leading up to the wedding, and had enough crates left over to fill with the floral centerpieces for each table. The centerpieces emphasized the our location and shared love of food. Desert succulents mixed with Bay branches, Sage, and Rosemary picked fresh from the property.

I brought my passions and experience in working with the best healthy chefs to fill the tables with a bounty worthy of kings while Wixon used his background in media to arrange the music and lighting. The groom and groomsmen strung vintage Edison bulbs across the yards to create a warm glow, there were heat lamps to warm the guests, and copious alcohol to keep the warmth growing. With friends and family helping in wherever they could, from arranging flowers to moving chairs (even the dogs chipped in, cleaning up all the scraps!), it all came together perfectly.

Overall, it was the wedding of our dreams. We had such an amazing time, we’re thinking about doing it again next year!

From the handsome Groom… It took Sibyl about six months to convince me that we were meant to be, even though everyone else knew we were. When she’s in the room, my eyes were always on her, and now I can’t imagine our lives apart.

Photography: Maya Myers Photography | Floral Design: S.R. Hogue | Wedding Dress: Maria Diaz - Bride Boutique | Cake: Jane Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Attire: J Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Make Up And Hair: Carlyle Salon And Style Bar

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Love Shoot at Enchanted Rock State National Area

One of the best treats we get around here from time to time? When two of our LBB members get together for an afternoon of straight up love. Meet the cutest couple ever, Scott and Ashlee. And behind the lens? The lovely Kayla Barker. Put the two together and it makes for one crazy good gallery to peruse!

From Kayla Barker Fine Art PhotographyI met up with fellow fine art film photographers, Scott and Ashlee, while they were visiting our great state of Texas! We headed out to Enchanted Rock State National Area near Fredericksburg, Texas and we had a fun time hiking, exploring and taking lots of photo of each other and the beautiful landscape during our session swap. This stunning national area was the perfect backdrop to document their time in Texas and the two of them in love!

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | National Park: Enchanted Rock State National Area

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