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Elegant 4th of July Vineyard Wedding

This weekend is for celebrating, with friends and family, summer sips and sparklers. And what better way to get the party started than with a little love from Caroline Tran and one breathtakingly beautiful bash from the 4th last year. Sterling Engagements orchestrated it all with Shawna Yamamoto’s fabulous florals spread across every inch of Triunfo Creek Vineyards. Pour yourself a glass, settle in with all these pretty pics, and don’t miss Fiske Film’s video below – some good vibes are about to begin!

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From Caroline Tran… Ellie and Rob had a romantic vineyard wedding on the 4th of July. They had an elegant wedding where they exchanged vows under a huge oak tree. They had a few subtle nods to the 4th of July, but kept everything elegant and romantic, highlighting the beautiful vineyard and cute farmhouse. 

From Sterling EngagementsAmerica and us, this was the phrase Ellie and Rob used for their wedding website to detail their 4th of July wedding. It really was the perfect definition though of what this day truly was and their love story. Ellie and Rob met because their friends for months and month insisted that they must. Two brilliant like-minded financial professionals, with a knack for life, love, family and travel. When they finally connected, the spark was undeniable and their journey together began almost instantly. I was introduced to them by a client and from our first meeting their intentions were so clear. They wanted to plan a day that was elegant, whimsical, classic yet incredibly fun. They both have an extremely modern yet eclectic style but were practical, and it was such a pleasure to design their day together and infuse their taste with the beauty of their venue.

Triunfo Creek is one of my most favorite hidden gems in Los Angeles. This charming vineyard farmhouse tucked away in the Santa Monica mountains was truly the perfect venue for Ellie and Rob. Upon visiting they knew right away this was their place and 4th of July became the best date to pair with their wishes for a summer wedding. Ellie had an assortment of ideas right from the beginning, of her desired ambiance and setting that she wanted to create for their guests. Together from the invitations, to the menu, to the décor, every last detail was deliberately thought out and developed to capture their vision.

One of my favorite details from the day was being able to incorporate these sweet butterflies Ellie had collected and wanted to infuse somehow but wasn’t quite sure where. As we designed the components for the day, I assured her we would effortlessly land them in places to become what truly was the very best of natural fits. They were the perfect accent of golden elegance, whimsy and sweetness we could ever hope for. We also of course loved being able to bring in the big tassel adorned balloons for her adorable flower girls. Walking down the aisle with them in hand – was one of my most favorite moments to watch, they were so proud, so excited and also maybe a touch of nervous, but I told them to let the balloons lead the way to Ellie and they did so well!

Ellie and Rob’s day truly was one of the most special ways to spend the 4th of July. It was stunning, memorable and so fun. The sweetest of celebrations, Ellie said on multiple occasions, the adventure is just beginning and I’m so honored we were able to be a part of it.

Photography: Caroline Tran | Videography: Fiske Films | Event Planning: Sterling Engagements | Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Stationary: Prim And Pixie | Catering: Justine's Private Cuisine | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Stage Labs | Band: Jay Sterling Music | Officiant: Dream Day Weddings | Bar Catering: Cocktail Concierge | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Wedding Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards

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Classic Glam Triunfo Creek Vineyards Bridal Session

Sometimes it’s just the simple beauty of a bridal session that puts stars in my eyes. A classic BHLDN dress with detailed beading, a lush bouquet from Peony And Plum, a glamorous red lip and a majestic horse… ready to be captured by Krista Mason‘s lens. Triunfo Creek Vineyards served as the loveliest al fresco backdrop and this gallery is the pretty proof.

From Krista MasonThe inspiration behind this session was a glamorous bold look. Using a soft red lip, half up hair-do and the stunning Avalon dress from BHLDN the bride looked absolutely beautiful! Our groom in a grey suit with a blue velvet jacket and teal bow-tie just topped it all off. The exquisite white bouquet by Peony and Plum added to the classic look. And can we talk about the magnificent horse! What a great addition he was with the beautiful setting at Triunfo Creek Vineyards!

Photography: Krista Mason | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Hair Stylist: Jane Shu | Wedding Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Model: Barret | Stylist: Nunn Better Design

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Natural Santa Ynez Vineyard Engagement

No one – and I mean no one – captures the sheer bliss of a soon-to-be married couple like Joel Serrato. He’s got a way with photo storytelling, and Molly and Micheal’s stunning engagement session is certainly no exception. Find your Friday pick-me-up in the gallery right here.

In the valley of Santa Ynez, upon a mesa at the Firestone Family Ranch, resonating with family love and history, photographer Joel Serrato captures an afternoon between Michael and Molly, a couple new in their partnership, yet deep in their love. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the vineyards and ranch life, Michael glances at Molly and winks, Molly clasps Michael’s hands tightly in hers, and their motions seem to be as one, fluid and knowing, caring and amorous. Joel’s intuition kicks in and he snaps each shot engrossed in Molly and Michael’s fleeting yet somehow lingering moments of adoration.

Although only one year has passed since the birth of this relationship, with busy lives split between school and work, both in Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara, Michael and Molly have found a pure balance and ease with which they have built their foundation; a balance and ease that Joel so seamlessly immortalizes within his frame.

Photography: Joel Serrato | Venue: Private Estate

Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Rustic Meets Romantic Vineyard Wedding

When it comes to weddings that completely wow, this wedding has IT.  Think seriously stunning details from the talents at Kristeen LaBrot Events (they’re brilliant) meets a super cute duo (Taylor Swift first date, anyone?) meets a breathtaking rustic setting.  Add in some yummy cuisine from Contemporary Catering and it’s soooo worthy of your entire Friday.  See it captured by William Innes right here.

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From the Bride… Kyle and I were neighbors our sophomore year of college at Loyola Marymount University. But we really didn’t know each other at all until one night we were hanging out in my apartment with our friends, and I saw that there was a Taylor Swift concert the following night. I was such a big fan, and yelled out asking if anyone wanted to go. Kyle raised his hand enthusiastically, but no one else did. I was nervous because I didn’t know Kyle at all, and thought more people would be on board. We ended up drunkenly buying the tickets that night, and going to the concert the next night, both nervous and unsure of each other. On the car ride to the Staples Center, we were talking nonstop and missed the beginning of the concert because we were so unaware of the time as we talked. From then on, we were really good friends, and over the next six months, started falling in love.

Right when we drove onto the Triunfo Creek Vineyards property, we knew we had found our venue. Kyle is from Washington state, and I am from Minnesota, so we were very clear that we wanted our wedding to look and feel like where we both grew up, and Triunfo just felt like home. We loved the farm house, as the inside reminded us a lot of the cabins we grew up going to, and we also loved how spacious the lawn was, which is an unusual find in the Los Angeles area.

The inspiration behind our style was summers in Minnesota and Seattle – a time where you are outside with your family and friends, enjoying fresh homemade food and drinks, playing outside, but most of all, feeling relaxed and at home. Kyle and I love the outdoors, and nature, so we wanted the vibe and style to feel rustic, and also simple yet elegant. We also wanted people to feel at home, and be able to less loose, but feel laid back at the same time. Having the yard games – like a bean bag toss and beer pong – helped to bring that vibe, as did the soft colors of blush and champagne mixed in through the wedding day.

I loved that on each of the bean toss boards, we had the state lines of Minnesota and Washington screen printed on. I also carried my Grandma’s small white bible, that both she and my aunt carried down the aisle on their wedding day. It was very special to have that in my hands as I walked down the aisle to Kyle – it helped me to feel grounded and supported by my family.

A woman that I very much look up to, told me that at least once during the worldwind of the day, stop, be quiet, and take a moment to take in every detail. I did this right after dinner as we were about to begin greeting tables, and I will never forget it. I stood holding Kyle’s hand, surveyed the crowd under the twinkling lights, right as the sun was going down, and the sky was this gorgeous indescribable blue, and I saw family friends who had flown in from China, my whole family and friends from Minnesota, all of Kyle’s high school friends from Seattle, my sorority sisters and his fraternity brothers – every person in the world who we love were all there for us, and also having so much fun, and it was just an amazing and overwhelming feeling of being loved and filled with happiness.

I have a few favorite wedding pictures, but one of them is a shot from the back of Kyle and I sitting with my maid of honor and his best man – they were fist bumping and we were holding hands. I also love the picture of Kyle kissing my forehead, where we are framed by the tree branch overhead. I think the lighting looks magical in that one. Another favorite was of the whole wedding party candidly walking toward the camera.

Don’t stress, it will all come together just right! Also, get a wedding planner if you don’t want to cry.

Photography: William Innes Photography | Event Design: Kristeen LaBrot Events | Wedding Planner: Kristeen LaBrot Events | Floral Design: Fujiko's Flowers | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: Paper Source | Church: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church | Catering: Contemporary Catering | Hair & Makeup: Design Visage | DJ: Luke From Premiere Events | Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | All Other Graphic Design: Kristeen LaBrot Events | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Lawn Games: Heartwood & Co. | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Trolley: Hop Aboard Trolley

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