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Rustic Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Miner’s Foundry

We’ve been chomping at the bit to get this gorgeous shoot on the SMP screens, and thank heavens today is the day because I don’t think I could wait a second longer. With styling and floral design from Thistle And Honey so incredibly gorgeous I could cry (if I could hug those bouquets, I would), all captured in a stunning fashion by Nicole Dianne - this gallery is simply beyond. See it all here.

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From Thistle and Honey FloralSimply put, this wedding inspiration shoot showcases how to balance a rustic feel while maintaining an understated elegance. So often I hear the word “rustic” thrown around to describe weddings, and it does not necessarily have to read mason jars and burlap.

I chose the Miner’s Foundry for our shoot location because of the beautiful texture of the stone in the appropriately named, “Stone Hall”. Nevada City is an absolutely charming little gold rush town about an hour and a half North-East of Sacramento. The facility dates back to 1855, but was destroyed in a fire in 1856, and promptly rebuilt in 1859 (is that rustic enough for ya!?). Some parts of the building have had to be retrofitted, and pieces such as the beautiful fireplace are a bit more modern (dating to 1974). In 1990 the Foundry was donated to the Nevada County Cultural Preservation Trust and renamed Miners Foundry Cultural Center; for cultural, historical, business, social and community events.

All that to say, the Stone Hall sure makes one heck of a beautiful location for a wedding. The stone makes the perfect textural, neutral backdrop and the fireplace is a stunning focal point. For the tables cape, I chose to use Dogwood’s beautiful mis-matched vintage chairs to bring an air of informality to an otherwise elegant table. The linen runner on the wooden farm table also serve the same purpose. Gold rimmed glassware and vintage cutlery pair perfectly with calligraphy menus and place cards to create an understated and classic elegance.

And of course, what table would be complete without a floating ivy chandelier!? When visiting the Foundry initially, I saw the tiniest bit of ivy creeping through the old wall from the outside. This sparked my brain and thus lead to the creation of the ivy chandelier, which is a whole lot of ivy cut from my yard and wired onto a fallen branch. It was then tied to clear wire and held by two lovely assistants (read: one of the lovely owners of Dogwood and Nicole (our photographer)’s husband!). If you watch closely, you can see him in the video!

A special thanks to our lovely “models” Stephanie and Rico and all of the vendors involved in making this shoot happen!

Photography: Nicole Dianne | Videography: Jonathan Joiner | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane | Cake: Whole Foods | Calligraphy: Asha Renew | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Cocktail Signage : Throne Invitations | Design, Styling, And Floral Design: Thistle And Honey | Hair Styist : Karen Hayes | Headpiece: Oliva Headpieces | Invitation Suite: Kindred | Linens: La Tavola | Make Up Arist: Cameron Alexis Artistry | Mixology: Whitney Waid | Rentals: Dogwood Party Rentals | Shoot Location: Miner's Foundry

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Classic Affair in San Francisco with a Modern Twist

A day filled with a Jose Villa wedding is kind of like Christmas in July. Now take away the snow and the ugly sweaters and swap them for a stunning gown and modern gilded details and you have this San Francisco gem. It’s simple, edited, laced with gold and captured in a way that only Jose Villa can do. We’re calling it wildly chic with a side of pure gilded magic. See even more right here along with a film of the day captured by Imaginale below.

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Fall
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Mansion

From The Bride…Darren and I got married on a cloudy day in the beautiful city of San Francisco, Ca. From the beginning we knew that our wedding had to have several key elements: classy, yet modern, meaningful, and topped with touches of gold (of course!). First things first, we prioritized several things, photographer, venue, and city. The rest just seemed to fall into place. We chose the fabulous Jose Villa to document our special day, James Leary Flood Mansion for our venue, and the beautiful city of San Francisco as our background. Since we chose such a stunning venue, we wanted our decorations to be simple so it would highlight the beautiful architecture of the mansion. Some of our decorations included mirrors with beautiful calligraphy, vintage frames containing photos from our years together and vintage cameras from local flea markets. Both Darren and I are photographers so we thought this would be a nice personal touch. We are also fans of crafts and design so we DIY’ed several things. We worked together to design a logo for our wedding. This would serve as a piece that we could include in other things to make our wedding cohesive. We designed and printed our own invitations, and added gold foil touches (which took several days to do, but totally worth it!) topped with a gold monogram wax seal. We also added gold foil to our table numbers along with some of our favorite quotes on the back side. Instead of a sign-in book for the guests, we had them sign a gold-painted globe which now nicely fits in our home as decor. Our venue wouldn’t allow us to have sparklers for our “get away” and had many other restrictions so we had to get creative and made gold frills so our guests could wave as we left, worked nicely! Since Darren and I have our own photo equipment, we decided to save some money and put up our own photo booth. Our backdrop was a continuous scroll with the words from the song I walked down the aisle during the ceremony in beautiful calligraphy by Jen Halverson. I had our flowers girls (who walked with balloons instead of flowers), bible boy, and ring bearer all dolled up with Ban.do accessories! I had to! The boys had colorful poms as boutonnieres and the girls had sparkly headbands! Lastly, we’re big IG fans so our wedding wouldn’t have been complete with our very own instagram hashtag, #YGDbestdayever!

Some over my favorite parts of our wedding included all the music during the ceremony. We had some of our dear friends perform songs that are meaningful in our relationship. I walked down to “Most Uncommon Thing” by Five Times August (sung by Kevin Straine on the wedding day), Darren learned this song on the guitar and sang it to me on our first dating anniversary 6 years ago. “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder (sung by Fidi Mwero on the wedding day) was sung while Darren and I tied ribbons for our unity symbol. Towards the end of the ceremony, our pastor asked our family to form a circle around Darren and I while he prayed a blessing prayer. I can’t even describe the amount of support and love we felt while being surrounded by our most loved ones. Kevin Straine returned to sing “What A Difference A Day Makes” as we were announced and walked down the aisle. Truly a difference and beyond the happiest day of my life.

I especially feel thankful and couldn’t have asked for better vendors to work with! Jin Wang personally helped me chose my gown and altered it to fit like a glove! Mar from Team Hair & Make-up is seriously one of my favorite persons…ever! If you ever get the chance to work with her she is amazing and will make you laugh tons! Kristi Herrmann coordinated the wedding, she is so easy to work with and chop full of amazing ideas! Lastly, I can’t image what I would do without Jose Villa (photography) and Alejandra of Imaginale (videographer) on our wedding day! They made us feel completely natural and allowed us to be ourselves throughout the day. There were times when I didn’t even know they were there. And the final products they produced are exquisite! I’m so thankful I have these images and video to relive my wedding with!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Videography: Imaginale | Wedding Coordinator: Kristi Herrmann | Floral Design: Cambria Wheeler | Wedding Dress: Olivia Couture | Catering: Melons Catering | Calligraphy: Jennifer Halverson | Favors: Lette Macarons | Grooms Attire: J Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Hair And Makeup : TEAM Hair And Makeup | Kids Accessories: Ban Do | Mother Of Brides Dress: Ann Taylor Loft | Pianist: Jed De La Paz | Reception Jazz Vocalist: Ellie Gunn | Wedding Alterations: Jin Wang | Wedding Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion

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Whimsical Hollywood Engagement Session

I feel like I could float on the tails of one of those balloons straight up to the moon! This LA engagement session simply has everything: love, confetti and, thanks to Sugarfix, delectable cookies. Also, have to give props to the bride-to-be for the super chic Parker and Alice and Olivia frocks. So feel free to wander through the wonderland-inspired shoot with Christine Farah‘s lovely photographs from the day.


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Summer
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HotelPark
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Whimsical

From the Bride… Since our wedding was going to take place at The London West Hollywood, we wanted to create two different themes using this modern and chic venue. The theme of our engagement session took place in the garden area of the hotel which resembles an Alice in Wonderland charm. We recreated the tea party scene by having a luscious dessert table filled with “eat me” and “i do” cookies, white frosted cupcakes with mini hearts, confetti, and a splash of red and white flowers. We also wanted to incorporate the black and white chess board with the enormous chess pieces and have some playful shots. From there, we wanted to share the place we call home- and photograph ourselves on the Los Angeles 4th Street Bridge in the Arts District which is a mere 1,000 feet away from our backdoor. For this look, we wanted to create an elegant and more formal wear with a longer pale pink dress and a blazer and bow tie. As the sun was setting, we took a quick little jaunt over to the state historic park and continued capturing the warm sun setting while throwing confetti and being surrounded by love…

Photography: Christine Farah Photography | Arts District: Los Angeles 4th street bridge | Black Lace Dress: Alice and Olivia | Dessert: Sugarfix Desserts | Dessert Stands: Martha Stewart | Hotel: The London West Hollywood | Park: Los Angeles State Historic Park | Pink Dress: Parker | Saucers and Cups: Kate Spade New York Larabee Road Platinum | Statement Necklace: Jcrew

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