Lane Dittoe, you’ve done it again. You’ve photographed a wedding so impossibly chic, it’s hard to believe it’s actually real. You see, when this Bride and Groom traveled through France not only did they come home engaged, but completely inspired for the design of their Big Day. Believe me, your afternoon just got infinitely sweeter. More inside The Vault and don’t miss REB6studios‘ beautiful film below!
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From The Bride…Christophe proposed to me on a trip to France that he had planned as a birthday gift. I was looking forward to three weeks of food, wine and French country life, and had no idea that this would really be our engagement trip! We were staying in a small town in the south of France and he told me the hotel had a special bottle of champagne to give to us before dinner. It was a beautiful setting – a small balcony with room only for two chairs and a table overlooking the Mediterranean as the sun set. He gave me a photo book he had made of all of our travels together. I can’t imagine the anticipation he must have been feeling as I slowly looked through each page; the last page of the book asked me to marry him! When I got there, he got down on a knee with the ring and a violinist appeared and began to play. It was the most magical and happy moment of my life.
As we travelled through France, which included meeting some of Christophe’s family who live there, we began to think about what type of wedding we would have. We loved the villas we visited in Provence and Burgundy and we hoped to incorporate those memories into our wedding. We wanted a destination wedding, but a destination closer to home (San Diego) so that all of our family and friends would be able to come. We took several trips to northern California, looking for a venue that would feel like a private European villa where we could hold all of our events and host our family. When we found Stonepine estate, I knew it was perfect.
We spent many months planning ever detail of the wedding with our wedding coordinator Thomas and Bonnie. We wanted the wedding events to last several days and for it be a vacation for all of our guests to celebrate love and romance. We included an al fresco family-style dinner at a local restaurant, a day of wine-tasting at nearby vineyards in Carmel Valley, horseback riding and hiking. Instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner, we held a western-style welcome dinner at the estate’s equestrian center for all of our guests. It was so fun putting on our cowboy boots and hats! The morning of the wedding, I went on a hike with my girlfriends and Christophe and I each wrote letters to each other to read before I walked down the aisle.
Photography: lane Dittoe fine art wedding photographs | Cinematography: REB6studios | Event Planning + Design: Thomas Bui Lifestyle | Floral Design: Flower Divas | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Parker Lusseau | Stationery: Whimsique | Jewelry: Justine M Couture Accessory | Makeup Artist: James Overstreet | Hair Stylist: Brooke Hasslemann Of Studio Savvy | Entertainment: Monterey String Trio | Entertainment: Scott Cummings Music | Groom's Attire: Armani Custom | Venue: Stonepine | Bridal Salon: M Bride Salon | Linen Rentals: Concepts Event Design | Linen Rentals: Luxe Linen | Live Artist: Nataliya Tyaglo Live Artist | Macaron Tower: Parker Lusseau | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Luxe Linen
I’m a sucker for a pretty blush and white wedding, but this inspiration shoot from Carlie Statsky Photography and Engaged & Inspired is taking me over to the colorful side. The combination of the bright pink, dusty rose, and marigold yellow florals from Mandolin Floral against the neutral gray and white tablescape (complete with marble chargers) from Borrowed Blu and the natural beauty of Holman Ranch is simply stunning. See all the beauty in The Vault!
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From Carlie Statsky…This was a styled shoot for the first day of Reach, the workshop that Allison from Engaged and Inspired and I hosted at Holman Ranch for wedding photographers and wedding planners late last year. We wanted the first day’s inspiration shoot to be an elegant and romantic one with a touch of the unexpected and unique. Allison did an amazing job with the whole design, and I loved how she mixed grey linens, grey marble chargers, white plates and gold accents together with the daring and eclectic color palette seen in the organic floral arrangements from Mandolin Floral. Jane Kim, (the Glamourist) did and equally amazing job with the styling of our real life couple, (lifestyle blogger Natalie Dressed and her husband.) I think brides will be inspired by the idea of pairing an affordable lace top (like the For Love and Lemons one that Natalie wore) together with a big wrap skirt like this one from Lace and Bustle. I also loved the luxe details from Yonder Design’s letterpress menus and etched marble place cards at each setting. The whole shoot came together in the most beautiful and graceful way thanks to our team of talented vendors and the ever-inspiring grounds at Holman Ranch.
From Engaged & Inspired…We knew we wanted something elegant and beautiful when designing this dinner for 30. We decided on neutrals for the place settings and fall floral with a brighter pop of pinks and purples than most fall floral inspiration. The white place settings offered a slight contrast to the grey linens while still feeling very modern and clean. The marble was a perfect touch to add the texture and the stone place cards completed the whole look. The floral and candle treatments offered a full table while still leaving enough room for a family style dinner.
Photography: Carlie Statsky | Event Planning + Design: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Mandolin Floral | Catering: Paradise Catering | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Holman Ranch | Bride's Sash + Skirt: Lace and Bustle Bridal | Bride's Top: For Love And Lemons | Hair, Makeup + Styling: The Glamourist | Jewelry + Watch: Fourtane | Model: Natalie Comstock | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery + Etched Marble Place Cards: Yonder Design | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU | Workshop: Reach
Hey there Holman Ranch, I have an idea for you: want to replicate yourself and come on over to the East Coast? I’m certain you’d book up within minutes. My love for this gorgeous venue continues to grow and Jasmine Lee’s pics of this pretty-as-can-be wedding has me going through our VAULT over and over again. Josh Harney got in on all the action and his film in a fantastic finishing touch on one sunny soiree.
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From the Bride… Holman Ranch is a truly magical wedding venue. Its picturesque golden hills etched with oak trees that overlook Carmel Valley could not be more romantic. Its location along with the way the sunlight illuminated the entire venue in the evening stole our hearts. The moment we stepped onto the property we knew it was going to be our venue. Our colors were antique and soft with touches of spring. Our theme was timeless and romantic. Every day up until the wedding was spent working on projects to make our vision a reality. On our wedding day I will never forget the smile on Ryan’s face as he watched it all unfold. Complete and utter happiness surrounded us and those we loved.
The wedding day was a reflection of the love that Ryan and I share. We wanted it to be filled with personal touches throughout that surrounded our guests with that same love. This gave the inspiration for the escort cards given to each guest in the form of a scroll, describing what we loved and cherished about them most. We also created personalized thank you place cards for our dinner place settings and scattered other personalized messages throughout Holman Ranch. For our favors, we compiled Ryan’s favorite recipes that he cooks at home, a CD of our love story and strawberry jam that my mother and I made that spring.
Music has been a beautiful part of our relationship and was reflected throughout our wedding. From small touches like Ryan’s boutonniere to even the Gibson guitar I gave Ryan as a wedding gift, music was present. We wrote our own vows along with letters that we placed in an engraved box to be opened on our 10th anniversary. It was important to Ryan and I that his grandfather and my father, those who were loved and lost, were remembered that day. Ryan’s cuff links had a picture of his grandfather along with his famous saying “mighty fine”, keeping him close to him the entire day. My father was a musician and on my bouquet I carried his guitar pick in a locket. In the front row during our ceremony was his guitar with a picture of him holding me. We released a dove in their honor and as we were pronounced husband and wife the dove circled back and flew directly behind us for our first kiss. It felt surreal and completely meant to be.
Our first look was full of tears, emotion and us holding one another. All my life I tried to imagine what it would be like to see my groom for the first time and when we saw each other it was more special than I ever could have imagined. Our wedding day could not have been more perfect. At the end of the night I remember Ryan and I looking at each other, smiling and saying that we wouldn’t change a thing. From our first look to our last dance, it was a dream and everything we had envisioned.
Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Cinematography: Josh Harney | Coordination: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Floral Theory | Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro | Catering: Paradise Catering | Makeup: Blush Makeup Studio Monterey | Hair: Jessica Lewis | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Officiant: Brian Lyke | Venue: Holman Ranch | Desserts + Cake: Freedom Bakery And Confections | Dove Release: Central Coast Doves | Signage: Brightroom Studio