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Backyard Garden Wedding in Northern California

From the Valentinos to the perfect ballerina bun, this Bride has mad style and it rings true for her wedding day as well. It’s an affair wrapped in sunshine and a gorgeous backyard setting ripe with bright blooms by Molly Ryan Floral and the kind of photographs we could literally stare at all day long. See all those gems and more captured by Laura Gordon Photography right here.

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From The Bride…I always say “it all started” with the bright indigo J. Crew sweater that Bronzon wore on an auspicious day in May 2010 because it caught my eye from a mile away. We met during the summer before our last year of college and started dating almost immediately. As those days of languor ended, we parted ways to finish college – Bronzon at UC Berkeley and I at University of Southern California. Even during the first months of long-distance dating, our lives moved in serendipitous lock step, which made it so much easier for us (and our love) to grow and mature together. Long story short, we both found jobs in the Bay Area (that even started on the same day). Then, the very same thing happened with our next jobs! After some time of both living and working in the heart of downtown San Francisco, in October 2013, we got engaged during a horseback ride on a sunny day in the thick of the Marin woodlands.

A May 3, 2014 wedding date put us on a 6-month timeline, so the planning process quickly commenced. I discovered that the modern bride’s challenge is comprised largely of the limitless options she has to choose from. One choice that was easy to make for both of us, from the beginning, was the venue – Bronzon’s parents’ home. The Tudor–style house in Bronzon’s hometown of Chico, California, is nestled among lush greenery (meticulously groomed for the wedding by my father–in–law, who also strung lights, set up fountains, and handcrafted a tree swing, a wood block for our cake, and welcome banners for us), oak and willow trees, and best of all, a little lake with a dock – the perfect place to exchange our vows. Bronzon is the third of four siblings, the first two of whom had already been married at the house, but in different locations around the property; so, we were excited to follow this privilege of a family tradition.

The very first decision I made was that photography and videography would be priorities. I wanted to work with a fine art photographer who could express the natural beauty of our garden-like setting as well as direct romantic, editorial-style portraiture; as such, Laura Gordon was one of the first vendors we selected. Despite the fact that we did not meet until our engagement shoot days before our wedding, when she flew out from Virginia, her raw talent was evident and her infectious personality put us at ease immediately. From then on, it was like having an old friend as our photographer. Damon and Amy from Frontside Films were a dynamic duo of a husband-and-wife team whose sweet personalities and ability to work unobtrusively aligned well with our intimate family-only wedding. I fell in love with their ability to express the feeling of love through dreamy imagery.

Discovering and working with the most talented, caring, and competent vendors was one of the most rewarding components of planning the wedding, and we would emphatically recommend every single one of the vendors that are listed.

Our wedding aesthetic evolved naturally from the physical landscape and the spring flora that was to be in season. Bronzon and I are different in many ways but share an appreciation for that which is classic, and simple yet elegant. I was able to infuse my penchant for a little bit of luxe by adding in gold accents (and gemstones!) where I could. Our palette developed into an ethereal commingling of blush pink and rich, layered neutrals such as ivory and champagne. Two accent colors – the natural blue-green of dusty miller and gold from various decorative pieces – added interest. One decision I made early on was to keep the décor simple by anchoring it with the floral design. Molly was a fantastic partner and worked with me to create a vision that involved lots of the palest peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, cymbidium orchids, and importantly, greenery, for balance and texture.

Kara, my sister-in-law, was also my day-of coordinator, artist, and calligrapher – the individual responsible for all of the beautiful directional and table signage you see, including the dinner menu on the vintage mirror from the Leen’s home. Kara had this amazing ability take one look at my inspiration boards and make them come alive in a completely unique way. The watercolor style and “juicy” modern script that is repeated throughout the signage is wholly hers, and I could not have loved it any more!

Many of us would agree that mothers have a lifelong passion for nourishing us. Our mothers were no exception. When I mentioned to my mom that Bronzon and I wanted to serve a signature drink that reflected our combined tastes – a strawberry mojito mocktail – she promptly set up something like a chemistry lab in her kitchen and laboriously perfected the recipe with the help of my taste-testing dad in between the many weekly hour-and-a-half-long drives my dad and mom made to San Francisco for my dress fittings. My mother-in-law and legend of a baker, catered to every one of our dessert requests, which included not just homemade red velvet cake (complete with edible gold leaf detail) but also berry tarts, pecan tarts, and Bronzon’s childhood favorite – strawberry rollup. For our guest favors, she made miniature strawberry jams.

Admittedly, when I first started learning about planning my own wedding, I didn’t understand the prolific use of the phrase “labor of love.” Now, I do. I am moved to tears when I think of the role that each of our mothers, fathers, and siblings played to make our dream wedding possible. I cherish those simple moments that brought our families closer, like when our dads conducted a rigorous sweep of the lawn together and how my mom, mother-in-law, and sisters-in-law taught themselves and each other how to fold napkins a certain way, all on the morning of the big day. I am grateful to be spending the rest of my life with the best man I know, but I am also supremely grateful to have gained another set of devoted parents and a whole crew of siblings who I can love as my own. The most surprising thing that wedding planning accomplished was to play such a big role in redefining family, as I knew it.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: Frontside Films | Floral Design: Molly Ryan Floral | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Bacio's | Hair: Rachel Thayer Of The Hair Company | Bride's Dress: Paloma Blanca | Groom's Bowtie: Neiman Marcus | Groomsman Ties: Hugo Boss | Invitations : Smitten On Paper | Makeup : Makeup By Brittany | Venue: Private Residence

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Chico California Wedding at TJ Farms Estate from K Stone Photography

This wedding is gorgeous, no doubt about it.  And it’s literally bursting with beautifully crafted moments that are some of the prettiest you’ll ever see.  But when you peel back the layers upon layers of pretty (and there’s a lot of it), shining brighter than ever is the larger than life love between these two sweeties.  One that withstood the selfless sacrifice of deployment and an unexpected delayed wedding.  See every last moment of their amazing day captured by K Stone Photography in the full gallery.  It’s beyond heartwarming.

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From  K Stone PhotographyKaren called me in the Spring last year. Her voice was shaking as she told me that her wedding was going to have to be changed, postponed. Her fiance, JP was getting deployed and would be gone on their scheduled date. It was heartbreaking news, and to hear that this was not his first deployment, in a short span of time, made it that much harder. Yet they did it: They sacrificed their own wedding so that JP could serve our country.

And they are both so resilient. Their wedding day was rescheduled and happened this November, ten days after JP came home. The day was absolutely stunning and came together beautifully with the help of some amazing vendors.

JP and Karen were married on the lawn of TJ Farms Estate surrounded by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and hundreds of family and friends. It was a powerful ceremony, full of love and commitment and emotion. The details of the day, were beautifully placed. Cambray Rose Florist, designed perfect bouquets and centerpieces.

And we were honored to capture the many moments of the day. JP and Karen have a love and joy that is totally contagious. They can make a room full of people laugh and cry all at the same time. It’s not everyday that a couple will put their dreams on hold for our freedom, to serve our country. And so this day was especially powerful, the day that these two could finally be together made for a beautiful, beautiful event.

Photography: K Stone Photography | Flowers: Cambray Rose Florist | Event Planning: Mikayla Drews | Venue: TJ Farms Estate | Catering: Italian Guy Catering | Dessert: Upper Crust Bakery | Ceremony: United States Air Force Honor Guard | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal