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White-on-White Santa Monica Winter Wedding

Now that your Halloween sugar high is in full effect, we decided to round out this Friday with one of the prettiest white-on-white weddings we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when My Bride Story takes the style reigns for a day anchored in classic design + glam winter whites, and the captures from Erin Hearts Court? Well, they’re the kind of photos that’ll remain timeless forever.

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From The Bride…Jon and I met in Santa Monica on Carmageddon weekend when the 405 was closed and everyone stayed put and hung out in their neighborhoods. We met at a pizza parlor and spent the next year and a half living and enjoying life at the beach. Jon proposed on a sunny afternoon while we were walking on the beach. He had the whole thing planned out perfectly and we stayed the night at Casa del Mar, which is just down the street from our apartment. I knew right away that we should also get married there and he agreed. Step one of wedding planning was done.

The only thing I knew beyond the location was that I wanted a white wedding with no bridal party. We have five families between the two of us and we wanted each one of our family members to be a part of the wedding. We chose one of my brothers to be the wedding officiant and everyone else would walk down the aisle wearing whatever they chose.

While searching wedding websites for ideas I saw a wedding that I thought was beautiful. I contacted the planner, Esther Kim, we met and I knew she was perfect. The rest of the planning was fun and easy. Esther and I worked so well together and the finished product was better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.

Jon and I designed a wedding ceremony that matched our personalities and showed the tremendous amount of love we have for one another. The room for the ceremony was lit with candles and filled with white flowers. It was truly breathtaking and our favorite part of the day. It really was the best day of our lives, getting to celebrate with all our friends and family from near and far. We can’t thank our families enough for all their love and support. We look forward to working with Esther to help us celebrate future milestones.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Floral Design: Bloompia | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Arts And Letters Santa Monica | Hair: Decarra Salon | Lighting: G2 Lighting | Coordination: My Bride Story | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Makeup Mandy | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Wedding Planning: My Bride Story | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Intimate Sunstone Villa Wedding

The lovely Stephanie and I were chatting, and we’ve come to the conclusion (especially after seeing this gem prettied up by TOAST Santa Barbara!) that we absolutely must come up with an excuse to visit Sunstone Winery. It’s impeccably gorgeous. And it just so happened to be the change of course destination this beautiful couple chose after their first venue was sadly flooded. Captured by Khanh Hogland and Made U Look, this day is filled to the brim, darlings. Filled with pretty.

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From the Groom (yes, the Groom!)…After a perfect proposal on the beaches of Mexico, we thought we had found our wedding site in Lyons, Colorado. Weeks later, a historic flood washed through the area and completely demolished our wedding venue. We took this as a sign and decided to completely change our idea of our perfect wedding from a large wedding to an intimate, destination wedding at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez, California.

Emily’s first walk down the aisle was on the airplane from Denver to LAX, where she walked down the airplane aisle from row 5 to 24 with a pile of brightly colored trash as her bouquet, accompanied by family singing “here comes the bride.” Our 8 total wedding guests shared laughter (the kind that makes your stomach hurt) that would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

We arrived to Sunstone Villa and were immediately struck by the breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez mountains and the romantic ambiance. The Villa is built from imported limestone from a small village in France, and wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria. The Tuscan-inspired Villa boasts 8,500 square feet of luxury living space on the winery’s 55 acre estate. After settling into our new wedding getaway, we had a tasting at the winery and enjoyed the final product of the perfectly manicured vineyards surrounding the Villa.

On our wedding day, we awoke to the beautiful misty landscape of the Santa Ynez valley and hummingbirds peering through the window. For breakfast, Emily’s Mom made her famous Dutch pancakes. Our Event Planner Kim from “Toast Santa Barbara”, began setting up the ceremony and floral designs. We saw them setting up our Chuppah with Birchwood entangled in elegant peony and rose bouquets settled under a massive tree. The vintage lace Chuppah cover was made from Ben’s Grandma’s beautiful wedding veil, the same Chuppah cover Ben’s sister and brother-in-law were married under one month earlier. We knew the beginnings of the most beautiful wedding site we had ever seen was in full swing. The sun started to set as Emily walked down the aisle from the Villa to the Chuppah to the music of Chris Fossek playing acoustic guitar. Emily was very close with her ”nana,” who did not live to see her get married, but she was certainly there in spirit. We were reminded of this by Emily’s gorgeous wedding bouquet, which had a small picture of Emily’s nana pinned to it. We’re sure her nana was smiling with Emily when she walked down the aisle. Suffice it to say this was a much different scene than the airplane aisle walk! Our Ketubah, created by “Ink with Intent,” encompassed a blend between the outdoors of Colorado and Oregon. Chelsea, Ben’s sister, officiated our wedding with an amazing ceremony script and unique ring ceremony where each family member individually held our wedding rings and mentioned one thing they hoped for in our marriage.

We’re very grateful for making the choice to have an intimate ceremony and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a perfect day and we’ll remember it forever as we do our best to live by the words of our vows as we share the rest of our days together.

Photography: Khanh Hogland | Cinematography: Made U Look | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks's Briana From Emma & Grace Bridal | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Caterer: California Wood Fired Catering | Calligraphy: Janice Blair | Groom's Attire: Bar III | Design, Coordination And Floral: TOAST Santa Barbara | Guitarist: Chris Fossek | Ketubah: Ink With Intent | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery

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Romantic Foggy After Wedding Portraits

One consensus I hear while planning my own nuptials is that the day goes by in a blur. So why not take note from this darling couple and their after wedding portraits - I mean, any excuse to slip on that Monique Lhuillier and a flower crown by Tango & Fox Trot again? Yes, please! Through the haze Coco Tran captured so many sweet moments they have me wishing for a post wedding session myself.

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From Coco TranKevin and Nancy wed in June in San Diego, working with Nancy in the past ( Her engagement session) she wanted to book a after session with me for a Bride and Groom portrait session. She wore her stunning Monique Lhullier wedding dress. The flowy dress on a foggy Marin afternoon alongside with Flowers by Tango and Foxtrot made this session truly fine art and one of a kind.

I love photographing my couples after their wedding. The wedding day seems to go by with a blink of an eye, and sometimes there isn’t enough time in the wedding day to include romantic bride and groom portraits. It’s a great opportunity to relive your wedding day and it gives me more time to creatively photograph my couples! It’s also nice that we get to pick any venue/location the couple would like. Sometimes, I’m booked for my couples wedding dates, so this is a great way for us to work together to create stunning wedding images without having to change your wedding date .

Nancy & Kevin brought some wedding day props to dress up their after session. The wooden sign, Nancy’s flower girl was holding that down the aisle before Kevin saw Nancy. The DIY letter box made by Nancy with their wedding colors. All little details that were a special part of Nancy and Kevin’s big day.

Photography: Coco Tran | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Flower Design: Tango & Fox Trot | Venue: Marin