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Whimsical Camarillo Ranch Wedding

When you have a lineup of vendors as sweet as onelove photographyCarly Rae Weddings and The Little Branch, the result is bound to be pure gorgeousness. Enter this al fresco fete at the beautiful Camarillo Ranch, filled to the brim with whimsy. It involves a vow coin toss, deliciously colorful florals and twinkling barn, and that’s just for starters. Don’t miss the happy film from Jennifer Ruiz!

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From the beautiful Bride… Neil grew up in Washington and Liz grew up in Colorado and we both love the outdoors, so we chose a more rustic venue that felt more appropriate for us. We held our reception in a barn and chose BBQ for our food. We met watching football at a friend’s apartment, and we have a lot of fun playing in fantasy football leagues together, so we thought it would be fun to incorporate a little bit of that into our ceremony. We’re doing a coin toss to determine who says their vows first, and we’re using music from Friday Night Lights for our processional.

We also both love watching Jeopardy and going to bars for bar trivia, so we thought about ways to bring a little friendly competition into the wedding. Liz’s dad actually had the idea to turn the Parent’s Dance into a kind of “Name That Tune” medley where guests will compete to see who can name the most songs/artists that are featured in the dance.

Our favors were one of our favorite parts—Neil’s mom made 3 kinds of homemade jam and shipped boxes and boxes of them to us all the way from Washington as she made them. We also have so many creative and talented friends who helped us make our day special and personal. One of our good friends is a graphic designer, so she designed our invites and the jam labels. Another close friend is famous for his baking, so he made 6 different kinds of homemade desserts (all sorts of amazing treats—salted caramel butter bars, mini carrot cake cupcakes, pumpkin bars with white chocolate chips, orange marshmallows) – plus he made our wedding cake and a birthday cake for the Maid of Honor, Liz’s sister, since we got married on her birthday!

Photography: Onelove Photography | Videography: Jennifer Ruiz | Coordinator: Carly Rae Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August, Ceremony Collection | Caterer: Wood Ranch | Hair: Trace Henningsen | DJ: RedShoe | Ceremony And Reception: Camarillo Ranch | Dress Designer: Robert Bullock Bride "Firra" | Floral: The Little Branch | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Rentals: Party Pleasers | Shoe Designer: Anthropologie

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McCormick Home Ranch Wedding

Somewhere beneath the California sun lives a charming colonial-style home at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains. It plays backdrop to many a lovely wedding, but perhaps none quite as lovely as this. Planned by a bride with impeccable tastes, and photographed by talented Jillian Rose, a visit to the gallery is an absolute must.

From the Bride… It was a true fairy tale…a day when all those we love and cherish most gathered together on a beautiful, warm Fall day in Camarillo, CA to celebrate with us as we took each other’s hand and vowed to be partners in life and love forever as Mr. and Mrs. Nenaber. As a destination wedding for most, Seth and I were eager to introduce our out-of-town friends and family to a different side of Southern California than the otherwise popular beaches and LA hot spots – the lovely agricultural community of Camarillo.

The McCormick Home Ranch, a Colonial-style home exuding exquisite character and history in its setting amidst stunning farmlands at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, has been home to the McCormick family for four generations. The venue took our breath away in its natural state upon our first visit, and set our imaginations wild with creative ways to create the “lace meets burlap” vintage rustic chic look we were aiming for. With both Seth and I working in the Marketing/Events industry, our top priority was providing a unique, charming affair for our guests to enjoy… something so special that they would feel like the event was truly designed for them.

And in what felt like an instant, it was time for the ceremony to begin. The bridal party made their way through the oohing and aaahing crowd, adding in a little touch of humor as they broke away from one another under the arch – a fist pump, a bridesmaid dipping her groomsman, a booty bump – the guests eating it up. Arm in arm with my beaming father, we walked down the aisle, overwhelmed and humbled by the beauty of the side yard garden filled with the excited faces and quick congratulatory comments of our guests under the canopy of lush trees and flowers. It was in that moment that I realized the day was going to be so much more than I could have imagined… and my heart ached with love for my soon-to-be husband, excitement for our 160 guests, and gratefulness for all those we had partnered with to make our vision a reality.

In a flash it was time for the reception on the front lawn. Guests visited the vintage window panes listing the seating assignments and found their tables, which boasted stunning arrangements by Unique Floral Design built into and around the smattering of vintage décor I had strategically collected for this day. Bird cages, watering cans, antique books, brassware and picture frames were brightened by purples, greens and soft white floral accents, and arranged to create a different vintage vignette for each table atop a burlap runner and lace doily accents.

The reception was kicked off by a bridal party entrance like none other, as we let each groomsman select their couple’s introduction song, dance moves, and props, if so desired. That being said, a full bunny head, Superman capes, Michael Jackson style hats/gloves, and an inflatable doll are just a few of the unexpected elements of these unforgettable introductions, which undoubtedly caught guests off-guard and set the tone for the fun that would be had that evening. After our first dance and speeches by our siblings, guests made their way through an unparalleled buffet line featuring a delicious array of gourmet barbeque foods, including tri-tip, brisket, grilled chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, and more. Merlin’s Kitchen [Westlake Village] wowed guests as they set a new standard for “wedding food,” and we were thrilled to see their staff getting praised throughout the evening.

The [homemade] vintage photo booth made for a fun stop as guests could pick props from the suitcase and take their own photos, sharing with us via social media. Making their way around the front yard, guests were excited to find a gourmet popcorn bar, featuring white cheddar, chocolate caramel, parmesan garlic, and of course the classic, kettle corn.

DJ Lee Dyson [Owner, Hey Mister DJ] kept the dance floor packed all night, which was definitely the highlight of the evening. We loved seeing all generations, dancing the night away, breaking only to hydrate or quickly munch on some popcorn. We interrupted the dancing momentarily to cut our decadent cake, which despite multiple conversations before the wedding still managed to end up on my nose thanks to my loving, playful husband. I was blown away to see the cake before us, more perfect than I had hoped for, knowing the example design I was going for was especially challenging to do in a butter cream. Jana at Jana’s Creative Cakes made it happen, and the soft, simple, textured design looked downright elegant.

I had been warned that the wedding day would fly by, and I can remember taking pause a couple times throughout the night wishing I could just make it stop so I could soak it in and relish in the incredible dream we were living. Everyone was smiling and having a blast, everything went exactly as planned, the stars were shining above us on a surprisingly warm Fall night, the dance floor was still packed. Our worlds had come together, family and friends alike, and the merge was so seamless you would have thought everyone had known each other for years.

As the clock hit 10pm, our guests lit their sparklers and lined up along the circular drive. We could feel them buzzing with excitement and joy. Seth and I looked at each other, took one another’s hand, and were elated as we made our way through the radiant grand exit. As we climbed up on the back of our “getaway car,” a vintage Pontiac GTO convertible, we waved back at all those who had shared this most incredible day with us and kissed. I could almost make out that final The End cursive print forming in the space that separated us as we drove away, and I was speechless. Overwhelmed with love and gratitude, and speechless.

And now, as our perfect day is behind us, we cannot find the words to express how much we appreciated having the greatest partners in producing the ultimate fairy tale wedding. Our guests were catered to by the pros thanks to Beverlee’s Bartending, and spoiled with gourmet fare and superior service thanks to Merlin’s Kitchen. Those perfect moments were captured with skill and grace by our talented photographer, Jillian Rose Kling of Jillian Rose Photography. The energy, excitement and emotion live on through the incredible footage so artfully obtained by our videographer, Rich Brand of Rich Brand Videography. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate to express our sincerest gratitude.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Wedding Dress: Somsi Couture | Cake: Jana's Creative Cakes | Catering: Merlins Kitchen | DJ: Lee Dyson - Hey Mr DJ | Favors: California Kettle Corn | Bartending: Beverlee Bartending | Brides Hair: Brittney Brodsly, Guy Matthews Salon | Bridesmaids hair: Brianne Dodd, Euodia Salon | Floral: Unique Floral Designs | Makeup: Crystal Robinson | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Video: Brand Videography

Fiesta Wedding at Maravilla Gardens

This Maravilla Gardens wedding is fiesta gone fabulous. Vibrant, fun, and captured beautifully by Marianne Wilson Photography, it’s the type of wedding that will put some serious va va voom into your day. From the bright, happy florals by The Little Branch to the gorgeous couple (the groom just so happens to be Chris Mann of The Voice fame and the Bride is a talented actress) – every little thing sitting in this gallery is smile-inducing to say the least. See it all here.

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From the Bride…We wanted our wedding to be a rustic and romantic Mexican fiesta. We aimed to blend the natural, glowing, beauty of our California venue with a vibrant and fun fiesta. We incorporated an eclectic mix of fiesta colors in magenta, coral, orange, and red for the flowers and balanced it with a champagne, blush, and gold backdrop for the linens and bridesmaids dresses. We used the long toscana wood tables with burlap runners with a mix of succulents potted in El Pato cans, lanterns, gold mercury glass votives, and smaller bright flower arrangements in colorful vintage glass bottles and vases as the centerpieces. My bouquet was made up of peonies, garden roses, dahlias, poppies, and succulents tied with an antique gold ribbon (the little branch- meg) and pinned with my Grandma Helen’s broach in memory of her.

Chris and I were both working at Mexican restaurants in Manhattan when we met, so we knew we wanted to have a fiesta, specifically modeled after out favorite restaurant El Centro, in Hell’s Kitchen, which was where we met. The restaurant had an entire wall covered in Milagros, hand painted Mexican ornaments, and we used those ornaments as our inspiration and placed them throughout as a way to bless the space and a token of where we met. We also had a place where guests could make a wish for us by pinning a small various shaped gold milagro onto a cloth, that we now have hanging in out home. We had delicious upscale Mexican food (Robert- Command Performance) and even churro and margarita cupcakes (Heather Memarian www.lapastelbakeshop.com/). Obviously there was plenty of red sangria and margaritas (tequila provided by Bonita)! We wanted a beautiful ceremony with lots of music, followed by an incredible party. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people on a dance floor, it was packed: thanks mainly to Jason Jones who played the perfect mix of fiesta and contemporary music (elegant event entertainment). We closed the night with an epic mega mix that we created of all of our guests favorite dance songs, which we collected on the RSVP cards. Other highlights were the guest made flips books.

Photography: Marianne + Joe At Marianne Wilson Photography | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Coordinator: Erin Boskovich | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Lazaro StyleLZ3251 In Buttercup | Cake: Pastel Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Catering: Robert Yamada - Command Performance Catering | Make-up: Rebecca At Unveiled Makeup | Hair: Katie Lee | DJ: Jason Jones - Elegant Event Entertainment | Celebrant: Maryetta Anschutz | Flipbook: Action Flipbooks

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