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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 Photography | 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: Chante Cutter | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Cake Topper: Lovebirds Goods | Food Truck: Kogi Truck | Food Truck: Coolhaus | Food Truck: In-N-Out Burger | 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 Photography | Videography: Forestry Films | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Red's BBQ | Makeup: The Halcyon Agency | Hair: Hello, Darling Hairstyling | DJ: Dart DJ | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Bridesmaids Gifts: Swedish 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: A1 Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Sweet And Tender Event Rentals

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Rustic Glamour Camarillo Ranch Wedding

Here at SMP, we’re all about the love story, and this celebration of gorgeousness? Well, it’s a total blueprint for what a true love looks like. Mariel Hannah was behind the lens and shared snaps highlighting the laughter and love radiating throughout. From the Bride’s Maggie Sottero gown, to the gorg Camarillo Ranch backdrop, we can’t get enough of this darling day. More here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I couldn’t believe how fast the planning of our wedding went, after 16 months it was here! I was about to marry my best friend and love of my life and I had my girls by my side. It was the perfect morning and the perfect day. We had spend 4.5 years together and now we were going to vow to spend the rest of our lives together, to love each other unconditionally forever. It was the perfect day, every little detail in place. Without a cloud in the sky the gorgeous weather was just waiting to be enjoyed by all who chose to share this special day with us. As all my girls and I are getting ready, all I could think about was seeing my prince at the end of that aisle waiting for me. Then it was time, I walked out and I saw him. Waiting there, smiling and he even had those sweet little tears in his eyes. It was the best day and I wouldn’t change a thing.

A BIG thank you to our families, your love and support is truly inspiring. I want to thank everyone who helped us with our wedding. A special thanks to Delightful by Rochelle Wall. Her vision of all the small details (down to our amazing flowers and my beautiful bouquet) was everything I envisioned and more. We couldn’t have done it without her help planning, she was truly amazing.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Coordination: Delightful! By Rochelle Leigh Wall | Floral Design: Delightful! By Rochelle Leigh Wall | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Laurie Steinfeld Cake Designs | Jewelry: D.W Henderson Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: DJ's Catering | Suit: J. Ferrar | Wedding Venue: Camarillo Ranch | Dessert: Bake U Happy | Rentals: DJ's Catering

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