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Romantic California Wedding Filled With Laughter + Happy Tears

Someone recently asked me if I would have done anything different on my wedding day. The only thing? I would have hired a cinematographer. I love, love, love my wedding photos, don’t get me wrong—but there’s something so wonderful about having the laughter and happy tears in motion too, and this film from Reel Eyes Media hits it home. High School sweethearts surround by their friends and family (and bridal party of 16!)—what more could you ask for?

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From the Bride… Robbie and I went to the same high school in Fresno and had a few classes together. We engaged in playful banter, but outside of math class, we didn’t really hang out. Robbie was a year older (and cooler) and graduated before I did. We didn’t see each other for 12 years.

We “remet” in 2012 at a mutual friend’s party in San Francisco. We happened to both be with dates, but we basically just fell in love with each other and ended up leaving together! We had a long distance relationship for a year and half, before Robbie made the big move out of his hometown that he’d never left so we could be together.

Robbie and I fell for each other because of our adventurous personalities and zest for life, we think we’re a team of explorers. Holly Farm is beautifully overgrown with a jungle/garden feel with many nooks to get lost and wander in. It’s truly a magical experience. You step into another world. We chose Carmel as a location because that was our first weekend away and where Robbie first said I love you to me (we’d been dating three weeks!).

We’re both amazed by space exploration so we used table names such as “Rocket Man” and “Cosmic Rays”. We had a draw your own constellation chart as a “guest book”, a telescope, and globe. We used antique candelabras to go along the long tables with long garlands for a midnight summer’s dream feel.

On the bar we had a sign that read “What’s Your Spirit Animal?” to inspire conversation. And an Alice and Wonderland Quote on display that read “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” Colors were all over the place actually. Just all bright and uplifting (mainly blues, greens and yellows), which is what we were going for. The ceremony musicians played the theme song from Pride and Prejudice when I walked down the aisle. Overall, we were going for wild and beautiful!

We had our closest friends from childhood, high school, college and beyond. I had a bridal party of 10 with my little sister as my maid of honor. Robbie had six groomsmen with his little brother as the best man. They both gave hilarious killer speeches! My grandfather and I danced together, one of my favorite moments. Everyone had blast, drank and ate a lot, (the churro bar was out of this world!)

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Photography: Michelle Warren Photography | Videography: Reel Eyes Media | Coordination: Swoon California | Florist: Laughing Gal Floral | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes | Catering: La Creme | Hair and Makeup: Julissa Garcia & The Refinery | DJ: DJ Antonio | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Brian Lyke | Wedding Venue: Holly Farm | Hair/Makeup: Kim Larson | Paper Products : Lucky To Be In Love | Wedding Veil: Untamed Petals

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A Wedding in the Woods with Nods to the Bride’s Equestrian Roots

From a grand, magnolia tree lined entrance to the most delicious culinary delights, and special nods to the Bride’s equestrian roots, this wedding is one for the books. And when you peel back the beautiful layers, you’ll find a line-up of rockstar vendors that brought it all to fruition. With florals and design by Mindy Rice, planning by Laurie Arons, the prettiest images by Joel Serrato and all that beauty wrapped up with a film by Elysium Productions, this vault is a must-pore-through.

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From Laurie Arons Lauren & Brian’s wedding at the Santa Lucia Preserve was one of those special experiences that comes around every so often in this business. The couple and their families were so much fun and really wanted to create a memorable and personal wedding for their guests. The bride is an accomplished equestrian, so we incorporated nods to this special part of her life throughout the day – a horse shoe escort display, vintage trophies amidst the flowers and linen napkins with custom horse shoe embroidery. Lauren’s horse is named Magnolia, so Mindy Rice created beautiful magnolia trees at the entrance to the barn, while Perfect Endings adorned the deep green-blue cake with sugar magnolia blossoms. We made sure to incorporate the groom’s favorite things, like ice cream and a fine Scotch, in fun ways too. Passed gelato bon bons and dedicated Scotch bar were part of the after-dinner fun. The dinner itself was designed by acclaimed San Francisco chef Traci des Jardins, who worked with culinary team at the Preserve to execute it to perfection. Guests enjoyed a raw bar and caviar station at cocktails, then dined on gnocchi with lobster and filet mignon in the barn.

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Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Videography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning + Design: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Wedding Dress: jinwang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Traci Des Jardins | Hair + Makeup: Kenney Duy Of Fellini Salon | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Ceremony Music : Synchronicity Strings | Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Cocktail Hour Music: Al Marshall Trio | Custom Wood Decor: Rrivre Works | Horse Shoe Escort Cards: BB Paper And Ink | Printed Materials: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Reception Music: dj ryan lucero | Sound: Delicate Productions | Wedding Dress Tailoring: Heidi Johnson

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This Beaming Bride Is Giving Us Major #WeddingGoals

With her blue suede shoes, the best updo ever, and a smile that never stops, this Bride did it all right. Despite some little challenges (we’re talkin’ a wedding party of 18!), this spring celebration was smooth sailing, with the help of Hello Blue Photo who captured every blush and gold detail that we keep pinning and pinning. See all the goodness in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… Our inspiration for the wedding came from a combination of elements. I began to feel overwhelmed with the printed bridal magazines and found myself constantly on Style Me Pretty’s Vault. We wanted it to be so classic that when we are showing our grandchildren pictures from our wedding, it would be timeless. I also started to follow a lot of wedding vendor’s accounts on Instagram (Details Details, Bloom Box Designs, Revelry Event Designers, etc.) for daily inspiration.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club was the first venue we saw. We’ve always envisioned ourselves getting married in Palm Springs since it is our favorite weekend getaway spot, but the second we saw the beautiful hardwood floors, classic gold chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling French windows, we knew that we found THE venue. Our event coordinator, Nicole, was so accommodating and genuinely wanted to make our wedding day everything we’ve ever dreamed of. Decorations were fairly easy to select due to how classic the venue was. The gold chandeliers dictated the gold chiavari chairs, gold chargers and gold accents. The white French windows and walls created such a bright inviting feeling to the space and I wanted to accentuate that with white linens, candles, and floral arrangements. I wanted to incorporate the soft pink color that the bridesmaids’ wore by adding light pink flowers in the arrangements and tying the favors with blush pink ribbon.

I can not say enough about Christina, Hello Blue Photo. There were so many reasons why we chose her and we are so happy with the outcome. We met with quite a few photographers prior to meeting with Christina and did not really vibe with them. The second I met Christina, I felt like I’ve known her for years and we instantly clicked. I had no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what we were looking for in photography and completely understood where our vision was. My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera and didn’t want the wedding to feel too posed. We wanted a photographer who would capture genuine, natural, clear and candid pictures. We knew that we disliked photos that are too edited and cheesy poses. Christina captured exactly what we were looking for and more! We had a fairly large wedding party (eighteen total!), and Christina and her team took charge the day of the wedding! They made sure we had all the pictures we wanted taken and encouraged such natural interaction in the process. We plan on using Christina for all photography needs in the future!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Coordination: Nicole Manalo with Carmel Ranch Mountain Country Club | Floral Design: Design d’Fleur | Wedding Dress: Astrid & Mercedes | Cake: Edelweiss Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair + Makeup: At Your Side Planning | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club | Bridal Boutique: Love & Lace Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mary Me Bridal | Bride's Accessories: Nordstrom | Getting Ready Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veil: Love & Lace Bridal

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