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Garden-Inspired Spring Wedding at Bakersfield Country Club

Not only did this Groom propose with the help of a “Beauty & the Beast” melody but the florals at this garden-inspired celebration are straight out of a fairytale, making him officially our Prince Charming. And so naturally, this Bride takes on the role of a perfect princess, shining brightly in all of Marial Hannah’s pics. Start dreaming of your happily ever after with all this pretty in our VAULT right this way!


From the Bride… As many other young girls in the world, I had always dreamed of what my wedding day would be like. It was truly a blessing when Mickey entered my life and allowed for my dream of true love to come true. I had always imagined to share this special day with my closest family and friends but most importantly with my best friend, my soon to be husband. I remember the day Mickey proposed to me as if it was yesterday. Our love story began as I had volunteered to work as an intern at a small private school that I attended as a child. Mickey had just started working at the school as a new teacher and to my surprise that is where our love story began. I remember the first day we saw each other, we both described it as a true blessing of attraction and deep interest within the heart. God is and has always been the foundation within our meeting and it truly was a blessing that we were both placed in a little school that would bring us more than just a career or college credits, but the gift of a soul mate.

As the weeks went by from our first meeting, to our first date, to the moment we both knew this was meant to be forever, it truly was a fairytale. We were each other’s first true love and we knew that our time together was a gift from God. The day that Mickey got down on one knee in the Library, where he first asked me on a date, with the candles in the bookshelves and our pictures surrounding everywhere within the books was the day my life changed forever. It was the most intimate, special time of my life as just he and I danced to “Tale As Old As Time” from Beauty and the Beast and I cried as he put my beautiful engagement ring on my finger. I exclaimed “Yes!” that I “accepted with all my heart.” As a little girl I always loved the classic fairytale stories and as we danced in the library to the tune of one of my favorite songs, I truly understood that I was going to spend the rest of my life with an incredible man.

As soon as the engagement began the wedding planning commenced. My parents were incredible and my dad had hired a phenomenal wedding planner as every detail of our soon to be magical day was discussed and planned. The overall inspiration for our wedding was based upon sophisticated classic elements and whimsical romantic touches. I wanted the day to feel soft with nostalgic flair. Our wedding was in June, as any classic bride dreams of being a ‘June Bride’ and with much planning and preparation we decided upon a classic Country Club wedding. The colors I chose were all in the ranges of different shades of blush, whites, creams, and accents of gold with rustic wood touches. I wanted a Grace Kelly meets Audrey Hepburn atmosphere that also merged whimsical elements of nature within the floral décor and centerpieces. There were many traditional elements that were maintained within my classic theme, however we also added fun touches such as a photo booth, lemonade bar, cookie stand and lounge area that guests very much enjoyed. Truly my wedding day was an absolute dream, from the grand water fountain with dripping petals to the great ballroom with large windows that showcased the city lights from on top of the hills.

From getting ready with my beautiful bridesmaids in the morning to sharing special moments with my mother putting on jewelry, I started my day as a single young lady and ended my day with a new last name as a married woman. The entire day went by so quickly but one of the most memorable moments within the day was when my husband and I took communion alongside our parents. It was the realization that even within the grandeur of the day the love that we shared with one another was the only thing that mattered most within that single moment.

Our advice for future brides and grooms would be to cherish every moment within the journey, to not allow the little things to get in the way of happiness, to be flexible as schedules and times change, and to most importantly enjoy every second of the wedding day as it goes by so quickly.

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Photography: Mariel Hannah | Event Planning + Design: Shannon Hough Events | Floral Design: House Of Flowers | Stationery: Matinae Design Studio | Venue: Bakersfield Country Club | Decor: Custom Creations | Desserts: De Coeur Bake Shop | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents

Organic + Luminous Ranch Wedding Inspiration

It’s photos like these that remind me why I love California weddings so much. Against the beautiful vineyard setting of Hathaway Ranch, stunning details, like the gorgeous gown from Gemy Maalouf and beautiful blooms from The Blooming Bud, really shine. And with Lucy Munoz capturing it all, you’re left with the loveliest wedding inspiration session. See it all in THE VAULT!


From Lucy MunozFor our inspired wedding we took to Hathaway Ranch in Bakersfield, CA, as it provided every single detail we we looking for–vineyards, breathtaking mountain views, and gorgeous landscapes throughout. We decided on a romantic and soft feel for the shoot. Our model Kori Agee wore beautiful gowns by Gemy Maalouf and Jason Charchan combined to match with a dark navy suit. Sarah 4 Beauty created a flowing loose bun with soft muted tones for Kor’s makeup. Our gorgeous invites and stationary were created by Megan Kelso. She always delights us with her stunning work. All the magnificent florals were done by The Blooming Bud. There isn’t anything that The Blooming Bud can’t do. They always create lush floral work. Our whimsical cake was created by Sweet Layers Cakes and Pasteries. We asked for them to create a cake with texture that had movement in it. Of course, Sweet Layers never disappoints! The end result was pure magic and delight!

Photography: Lucy Munoz | Floral Design: The Blooming Bud | Wedding Dress: Gemy Maalouf | Cake: Sweet Layers Cakes | Hair And Makeup: Sarah 4 Beauty | Venue: Hathaway Ranch | Invitations And Stationery: Megan Kelso

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Flower-Filled Garden Party Bridal Shower

It’s not at all surprising that this bridal shower is completely stunning, after all, the bride-to-be is a wedding planner: Lotta Alexandersson of  Mint Design! With a beautiful eye for details—the Champagne drink station, dreamy flower arrangements, and adorable cookies—this bride’s shower, captured by Mariel Hannah, has us dying to see the wedding! See all the pretty here.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… This bridal shower was a very special one to me, as it was my very own bridal shower. Being a wedding planner and planning your own wedding is an incredible feeling. I was finally a bride and was able to go through all the same feelings and emotions that my brides go through leading up to their big day.

Nestled in a private residence, my mother-in-law hosted the most beautiful garden party bridal shower for my closest family and friends.  A long table seating 40 women lined the back yard patio. A flower filled water fountain and the vast greenery of the back yard served as the perfect backdrop for this fabulous afternoon. Guests were greeted by our “drink pretty” drink station with a gold sugar rimmed champagne flute that had their name written on a beautiful piece of Silk and Willow ribbon. Rose petal infused water was served in large carafes for easy access for guests to self serve. The bridal party received a custom cookie with their title in the wedding, which was placed at on top of their piece of cake! Such a sweet touch by Bord A Petit Catering!

I was drawn to neutral tones with touches of bright pink and coral hues, which were seen throughout the loose floral arrangements. Wooden and glass candleholders danced on the tables with taupe and peach colored candlesticks. Cream colored plates, gold flatware, linen napkins and a shapely champagne flute was presented at each seat. Guests were served a plate with various hors d’oeuvres as a light lunch to accompany the overflow of champagne. At the end of the long table, I created a three fold wooden backdrop with a simple greenery laurel wreath garland that was the perfect touch to finish the backyard and distinguish the table to frame it in the vast backyard. I incorporated cream-colored yarn in various design elements as it is soft and feminine and blows so subtly in the wind. The yarn chandelier hung above the cake off centered, not to take away from the cakes’ simple beauty. The party favor was a little clay pot that I spray painted a cream color, which held soap in the shape of a rose. They were so sweet and simple.

The florals included some of my favorite blooms. Peonies, dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips and spray roses to name a few. The greenery springs consisted of smilax, jasmine vine and Italian ruscus. They were a perfect pop to the simple elegance of the candles.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Event Planning & Design: Mint Design | Floral Design: Mint Design | Cake: De Coeur Bake Shop | Catering: Bord A Petit | Venue: Private Residence | Cookies: Imperial Sweets | Paper Goods: Matinae Design Studio | Rentals: All Celebration Rental | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Ribbon: Silk & Willow