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Charming + Romantic Maravilla Gardens Wedding

I could stare at this Bride’s bouquet all.day.long. I’m not joking, it’s so pretty, it’s perfect. The colors, the arrangement, the flowers selected. So major props to Enchanted Garden Floral Design because their creation is why I’m not leaving our Vault anytime soon. The bouquet is captured beautifully by Erin J Saldana, along with every other moment of this summer celebration – see it all this way!

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From the Bride… Seven months later, Travis and I still talk about how perfect our special day was. We wish we were in that moment again. The music that Aaron Massey, from VOX DJ’s, played made me dance all night while Travis was catching up with childhood friends he hadn’t seen in years. I even did the cupid shuffle and had fun doing it!! Aaron worked the crowd and was so professional.

Every time we look at our pictures Travis and I feel blessed to have had a day where we had all our loved ones in one place sharing our joy and love. My flowers were absolutely STUNNING!! Judy from Enchanted Garden, was so detailed from the bar to my bridal bouquet. I loved the soft peach dahlias with the antique lavender roses, the lush passion vine and cascading amaranthus. My wedding flowers were absolutely enchanting. With picture frames, lanterns, mirrors, candles and votives scattered, the flowers from Enchanted Garden looked like part of Maravilla Gardens’ landscape.

I loved how Maravilla Gardens was so easy to reach and how prompt they were to answer my never ending questions. The weather was perfect and they made sure our guests were comfortable. When it got cold Erin Boskovish asked us if we would like heaters because she noticed that some guests looked cold. She was considerate and conscious of our spending. We of course said yes. They wanted to make sure our day went smooth. They think of everything!! They recommended vendors and an after party. Although the reception ended at 10PM, with a fairy tale sparkle farewell, the party continued at Safire American Bistro. It was only 3 miles from the Maravilla Gardens. The Marriot Hotel, which most everyone stayed at, was across the parking lot from the after party. Safire stayed open just for us!! We had the private back room with a patio all to ourselves. We ordered 15 stonefire flat breads which went perfect with their delicious cocktails. The bartenders there and the staff were so awesome!! We even had our rehearsal dinner there.

The venue was beautiful from beginning to end and Erin J Saldana Photography was there to capture it all. My wedding party had nothing but great things to say about the team. I felt like a reality star because the team was so slick about getting the right angle. Erin was there every moment that was most important to me. She knew what I wanted and knew what and who I cared about. When I looked at the photographs I was in awe! I am the last of five girls and to see my daddy and I dancing together to Michael Buble’s “Daddy’s Girl” I melted. I still get teary eyed to see the emotions we went through in that moment. When Travis and I were in the fields with the sun setting behind us and wind letting off a little breeze, time stopped. We forgot Erin and her crew were there. We were taking it all in and Erin captured us enjoying that. In all the photographs our fun and passionate side are exposed. The photo booth was a hit too!! Everyone was having a blast!! Guests took a copy of their photo booth pic and pasted it to our guest book. It was so fun looking at them the next day and reading all the fun comments and beautiful wishes. Erin J Photography was professional and understood our theme and personality. We couldn’t have chosen a more talented, attentive, energetic and friendly company to have photograph our wedding day. We loved that we had a team of Erin/ Aaron!!

I wanted something simple, elegant and timeless for my dress. For the bridesmaid dresses, I wanted them to wear a black short dress of their choosing. My bridesmaids and Maid of Honor all have different personalities so I wanted them to feel free to choose something that they felt comfortable and beautiful in. My Maid of Honor wore a black short lace dress which made her stand out.

Enchanted Garden Floral Design was AMAZING!!! And Erin Boskovich from Maravilla Gardens was our Coordinator; Superwoman!! She made everything flow and was so attentive. She made sure we both were happy and had everything we needed. She knew our parents were important to us and that we wanted them to feel special too. She exceeded our expectations!!

Our DJ Aaron Massey from VOX DJ’s was AMAZING!! He was very personable, played everything we wanted, understood our personality and wants. He was very attentive to us and made the whole party dance all night.

We wanted our cake to have a simple design with a lace trim in the middle draped with flowers on a black stand and we got more than we ever dreamed of. The cake was ice cream inspired because we both love ice cream. We had layers of cookies-n- cream, lemon raspberry and chocolate and peanut butter cake. Everyone loved it!!!

Command Performance Catering was AMAZING!! The food was so delicious. The jalapeno mac-n-cheese was everyone’s favorite along with the almond stuffed date wrapped in bacon. Command Performance truly delivered exceptional food. Right when my husband and I finished walking out of our ceremony we had drinks and appetizers waiting for us and our families. Perfect timing for a celebratory drink right before pictures. Robert, Command Performance Chef, was super attentive and paid attention to detail. He came out to greet us and made sure everything was going the way we wanted it to go. Guest and family members still praise the food. That was exactly what Travis and I wanted; excellent food, music and atmosphere.

Our favors were spice jars filled with Susie Q’s Santa Maria Valley Style Seasoning. Travis and I met in Santa Maria so we wanted to spice our guests up with it.

Invitations and dessert labels were just perfect. Jen knew exactly what we were looking for! Not going to lie, it was difficult to choose because there are soo many amazing unique choices. We didn’t want traditional and she did an amazing job with black invitations!

Our hair was done by Tony Pineda at Pin Up Girl Boutique. He was so amazing and fast! He came to my hotel and worked his magic.

Makeup was done by Mattie at Meowglam. This team was great and so were the prices. Mattie was so down to earth and one of a kind. She seemed to always care that I was comfortable and pleased with my makeup. She also did my church makeup the week before. Our makeup lasted all night! She even gave us all a personable and customized kit to use throughout the night if we needed to retouch.

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Photography: Erin J Saldana Photography | Coordination: Maravilla Gardens | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Invitations: Prim and Pixie | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Catering: Command Performance Catering | DJ: Vox DJs (Aaron Massey) | Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Cake + Desserts: Cake Goodness

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Whimsical SoCal Wedding at the McCormick Ranch

This next SoCal affair from Anne-Claire Brun is giving me LIFE! For not only did this darling duo plan a serverly stylish ranch affair, but the Bride also rocked one seriously chic hairstyle. It’s the type of day that’ll make you whoa with wonder and we’ve got it all one click away in THE VAULT!

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From Anne-Claire BrunWhen Katherine emailed me about her wedding, she sent me tons of information about the stuff her and her fiancé Kyle liked. She described how they saw their wedding: simple, fun, picnic-like with a s’mores station, food trucks (including an ice cream truck – I kinda stop reading after that and started responding)… I loved their vision and how sweet and creative they were. I also loved the video of the proposal! (https://vimeo.com/69094675)

The wedding itself was exactly like they wanted: fun and beautiful, with emotions and not a single awkward moment :)

From The Bride…Kyle and I met in college through mutual friends. We really got to know each other when Kyle and his roommates moved into the apartment that was literally right next door to my own. One day he came over and was hanging out with my roommate. He was looking through my DVD collection and when he saw my copy of one of my favorite films he said, “Love & Death! That’s my favorite Woody Allen film.” At that moment, I turned to my roommate and said, “Well if you don’t marry him, I will.” It’s funny that actually turned out to be true.

One day, he took me on a picnic on this little hill in Elysian Park that had an awesome view of Downtown Los Angeles. He told me to take a video on my phone as he stood up with the skyline in the background. When I started recording, he got down on one knee and proposed. I said yes, obviously, and started crying. Our friends had been hiding in the bushes near by and filmed everything. One of our friends came out playing “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music on his guitar. It was wonderful. And it’s so fun to have the whole thing filmed. (Link to proposal video: https://vimeo.com/69094675)

It was really fun planning everything for the wedding! We had a really tight budget so almost everything was DIY- but that’s what made it so great. It was so fun having all my friends and family chipping in to help in some way. Having a tight budget forced us to be creative and think outside the box.

I really like handmade details and wanted everything to be a reflection of who Kyle and I are. Almost everything at the wedding was hand-made or carefully curated: the programs, photobooth backdrop, hand-drawn chalk lettering, hand-painted wooden signs. There really wasn’t a set theme or even a color palette. All the details were just things that Kyle and I really liked. It was very eclectic but it all came together beautifully.

There was a brief moment during the reception when we walked over and sat down by the fire pit and just looked out at everyone dancing and having fun. After so many months of planning, it was so great seeing all of the details come together and to see all of our family and friends in one place. The day goes by so fast and it can all just be a blur, so it was nice to just pause for a moment and take it all in.

Having had a tight budget, you learn what to cut back on and what is essential. The most essential thing is having a good wedding coordinator. Ours were amazing and honestly don’t know what we would have done without them. The last thing you want is to be stressed out on your wedding day. It’s so nice to be able to hand the reigns over to someone else and have them worry about everything so you don’t have to. Also, don’t stress about the little details. People remember an experience, not the details. So just try to relax and have fun.

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Photography: Anne-Claire Brun | Cinematography: Garrett Shannon | Event Planning: Mandy Sellick & Christa Lenk | Floral Design: Hagen Flora | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Lark Cake Shop | Stationery: The Nu Creative | Bride's Shoes: B.A.I.T | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Makeup: Luminous Skincare And Makeup Studio | Hair: DryBar | DJ: Dart DJ | Groom's Attire: Scotch & Soda | Groomsmen Attire: Scotch & Soda | Officiant: Ken Baugh | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Cake Topper: Lovebird Goods | Food Truck: Kogi | Food Truck: Cool Haus | Food Truck: In And Out | Hair Accessories: Hagen Flora | Paper Goods: The Nu Creative | Photo Booth: The Awesome Booth

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Colorful Camarillo Private Estate Wedding

A wedding filled to the gills with blooms is a wedding after my own heart. And today, my heart belongs to this beauty from Michael Radford. The folks at Heirloom Design House made sure that petals were tucked in every corner of this at-home soiree for this wedding photographer Bride, and her Groom in the film industry. Every inch of this boho romance story is sitting pretty right here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… For over six years, Caleb and I barely missed each other. We ran in the same circles, knew all of the same people, went to the same events, and never knew the other existed until March of 2014. Caleb moved out to LA in 2009 to work in the film industry, and started going to my (large) church at that time. Even if we had met, the timing wouldn’t have been right. I went through three years of chemotherapy at UCLA, and when I felt strong enough, was pursuing my photography career. We’d go to the same coffee shops and restaurants but just barely miss each other; he’d be in town most of the times when I was an inpatient, and I’d be out when he was out of town for work.

In the last couple years before we met, we traveled to many of the same places at the same times, me shooting weddings and Caleb shooting TV shows — and still never met! Providentially, the timing was right and we both were in town at the same time. I had just recently met a random group of new people (that Caleb just so happened to join that day), and they invited me to grab lunch at the farmers market in Montrose. I barely knew them, but spontaneously decided to go out of my comfort zone.

When I got there, I was wandering by myself looking for an ATM. Caleb just walked straight up to me and introduced himself, and we hit it off right away. We couldn’t believe that we knew so many of the same people and had never met! We spent the rest of the day together and it felt like we had known each other for years. From that point on we kept finding excuses to see each other, and have been inseparable ever since! One year later, even down to the weekend, we said our vows in the front yard of my childhood home.

I swore to my friends just a few weeks before we met that there was no way I’d marry someone quickly or even meet anyone any time soon. Well, never say never! I couldn’t be more thankful that I was wrong!

When deciding our style inspiration, I wanted to keep it as close to “us” as possible. Growing up, I watched my mom tend to her garden tirelessly. She worked so hard to make everything beautiful, and as you can see, that work paid off. With my mother’s innate love of flowers, I knew the biggest form of “decor” that I cared about was nature. It helped to keep a few adjectives in the back of my mind while making design related decisions: romantic, relaxed, uncontrived, elegant, soft, and cheerful (to name a few!). The easiest vendor decision that we made was hiring my dear friend (and incredibly talented florist) Crystal of Heirloom Design House. Crystal was a godsend in the planning process. Not only is she an incredibly talented florist, but that girl has an impeccable eye for taste and quality. I gave her my “inspiration adjectives”, color palette, a few flower requests (but only blooms that were in season, to keep it practical and cost effective!) and let her play. She went above and beyond!

As a film wedding photographer myself, picking a photographer was by far the most difficult — and the most important — decision to us. My one huge make-or-break was that they needed to shoot medium format film. From there, I picked my favorite options and Caleb and I narrowed them down together. We had the best connection with Mike and his wife Brittany, they became instant friends and we knew they were the perfect fit for us!

I have some pretty talented friends who are in the industry, and we felt so blessed to see them come together and work such an incredible job on our wedding day. Lindee Daniel custom made my gown, with layers upon layers of gorgeous flowy silk gauze, with french eyelash lace peeking out of the bodice. I wanted the dress to be feminine and delicate, soft and flowy, and comfortable! Caleb and I are big coffee people, so we hired our friends over at Context Coffee to serve pour over coffee during the cocktail hour and reception. And our friends at Sweet & Tender Rentals made the tabletops look so dreamy, they helped my “inspiration adjectives” come alive at our reception so perfectly! With our eclectic music taste and love of vinyl records, we had Dart DJ’s work their magic at our wedding, mixing on their vinyl spinning turntable. Because of our love of music, we made mixed CD’s with a compilation of our favorites, and tucked them in each folded napkin at each guest’s place setting. We thought that’d be fun for them to keep the wedding experience, even after our wedding! It was hands down my favorite part of the whole day to have all ages on the dance floor, from two to ninety two! One of my most treasured memories was during Caleb and I’s first dance, when all of the kids at our wedding came around us and blew bubbles. We’re so close to our five little nieces and nephews, and it wouldn’t have been the same without them involved all throughout the day!

And the logo design / invitations… Victoria of Kesoma Design is a visionary! All I knew is that I wanted them to be very simple, delicate and minimal. I gave her my “style adjectives”, a few inspiration images, and she created that perfect logo and invites with her own hand written calligraphy that I’m obsessed with! But over everything else, my favorite detail was the personal setting. My dad wanted to make the evening extravagant, and went above and beyond to do so… He spent the few months leading up to our wedding putting up those gorgeous patio bulb lights up – by hand! It was so emotional and beautiful to say our vows in the same place that I grew up… We are so grateful for every detail of our wedding, and most importantly — grateful to be married. It was the most beautiful and wonderful day, and it’s just gotten better. Marriage is filled with real life and moments that are much less glamorous, but we love living that together. This was the perfect way to start out our lives together.

Photography: Michael Radford | Videography: Forestry Films | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Reds BBQ | Makeup: Piper Of The Halcyon Agency | Hair: Hello, Darling Hairstyling | DJ: Dart DJs | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Bridesmaids Gifts: Sweedish Hasbeens | Coffee Cart: Context Coffee | Day Of Coordinator: Tasteful Tatters | Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes | Invitation Suite: Kesoma Design | Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs: Ink And Linen Shop | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booth | Rentals: A-1 Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Sweet & Tender Rentals

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