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Rustic Elegance at Dos Pueblos Ranch

It never fails, when a wedding from Jose VillaLisa VorceMindy Rice and Joel Serrato lands in my lap, I get a tad bit nervous. And it’s all because I just know I am about to showcase a work of art worthy of the most exclusive gallery – and how can you possibly do that justice? Luckily their work speaks for itself, and boy does it have beautiful things to say about this rustic beauty (recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings). It’s overflowing with details that will make your heart sing, and you can see them all here.

All of that pretty is topped off with a film so beautiful it could only be from the super talented Joel Serrato….

See even more of this gorgeous day in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings


From Lisa VorceEmily and David’s wedding was pure magic! It was such a joy to be a part of their beautiful wedding.The bride’s bouquet was filled with wild bay leaf, astilbe, Fair Bianca rose and scabiosa pods and she wore a stunning head wreath of cream astilbe. The ceremony included hay bale seating covered in drop cloth and the ceremony program was printed on a kraft lunch bag and filled with popcorn for the “petal toss” at the end of the ceremony.

For reception design, we crafted tablescapes filled with paper sacks of cherries, amber glass vessels, garden rose floral arrangements, Queen Anne’s lace, ticking stripes as napkin holders for servers aprons, and hand-painted beer growlers as table numbers. Tables for cocktails and cards were placed near the fire pit, and chipboard pockets with grommets secured to two framed canvases held escort cards.

Emily and David’s guests enjoyed a variety of games and activities, including vintage pin the tail on the donkey, playing cards, dominoes, a photo booth, and a silhouette artist. Guests also went home with flask favors filled with tea and lemonade, stamped with their anchor monogram. It truly was a perfect day

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Cake: The Scootabaker | Catering: Food Matters | Hair: Colleen Conway | Calligraphy: PenGraphics | Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | Bride's Earrings: Dana Rebecca Designs | Ceremony Musicians: The Get Down Boys | Event Design/Planner: Lisa Vorce | Event Production: Lisa Vorce Event Design & Production | Filmmaker: Joel Serrato | Flowers + Event Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design | Makeup: Dawn Broussard | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Printing + Guest Book: Papel Paper & Press | Reception Music: Sheila Ford’s Harlem Review | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Dates: Scout’s Honor Co. | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch

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Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Tricia Fountaine + Caroline Tran + Winners!

If I could transport myself to anywhere in the world, it would probably be right here. Tucked away in this fairytale forest shoot with free flowing pretty for as far as the eye can see. It’s a total dream brought to life by Tricia Fountaine Design, and captured so beautifully by miss Caroline Tran. Let’s kick-start your weekend with a visit to the gallery, and as icing on the cake we’ve got winners down below. Happy weekend to you and yours! xoxo

From Caroline Tran… This was a styled shoot produced by Tricia Fountaine to inspire couples to let their personalities shine. A live eagle owl & civet joined us (from a local animal conversation) to represent the man & woman’s inner strength, respectively. They enter this relationship as strong individuals, but also with an open heart for each other, represented by their open heart alter. The reception was held under a gorgeous oak tree and the dessert table was suspended from another oak tree.

Photography: Caroline Tran | Dress: Robin Kaplin | Faerie Chair name card holders, heart lockets: Michelle Van Fleet | Florist, Event Design, + Production : Tricia Fountaine Design | Hair + Makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Hand blown glass stem ware: Saul Alcaraz | Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch

Discount reminders from…
Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events
Mugshots Photography
PF Films
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Unique Visions Studio
The Georgia Club
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Lauren Michelle

Giveaways still up for grabs…

Holiday prize package from Shutterfly
A wedding gown from Allure Bridals

And a drumroll for this week’s lucky winners….

Hooray for Alicia, Hannah and Robin! All three are the winners of $25 Gift Certificates to Garnish

G is headed home with a pair of tickets to the Vermont Wedding Affair!

Congrats to Jen who won 50 Thank You notecards + envelopes from Go Go Snap!

And last but not least, Heidi and Kathy are the winners of a NYC engagement sesh shot by de la Barra Photography and styled by the lovelies at Design*Sponge!

Santa Barbara Wedding from Davia Lee Events + Danielle Capito Photography

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a whole lot of “boho” in my day-to-day wardrobe. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t drool over those stylish brides and ‘maids who totally pull it off. The perfect example? This California wedding styled to T by Davia Lee Events. It’s full of that flowy, free-spirited soul that makes me want to trade in all my preppy stripes for a maxi skirt, stat! Danielle Capito captured one of the coolest galleries I’ve seen to date, and I recommend you pay it a pretty little visit!

From Davia Lee Events… Brad & Amanda came to me with one request for their beachside wedding-they wanted their to feel like them. Amanda wanted to feel the happiness pouring out of Brad’s heart when he saw her and sees our ceremony and reception site the day of the wedding. Amanda want to feel her grandparent’s happiness and love for each other and them. She wanted to feel all the love from their family and friends.

They are major nature lovers and wanted the space to reflect that along with their fun personalities. They wanted their wedding to be ‘the best day ever’ and a big party all day long! Through lawn games and a bridal party flip cup match, I think we hit the mark! Interactive food also helped to keep guests entertained, young and old.

As a reflection of the love Amanda & Brad share for each other we wanted to create a special and unique ceremony space for them. WE did this by using railroad ties to create a natural arch draped with ivy. We also built wood crate like boxes to cover the existing fire pits from the picnic sites. We than incorporated various flowers, succulents and a collection of containers that would make you feel as if they were all scavenged for. We went for an eclectic mix of items to feel as if you were at a fun beach party.

Amanda reminded us of the most important aspect of the day and that still brings a smile to our face. For her it was that she gets to marry her favorite person and be with all of their family and friends all at the same place, and same time for one big celebration.

Photographer: Danielle Capito Photography | Shoes: Chelsea Crew | Catering: The Hidden Dolphin | Groom's Suit: Paul Smith | Bridal Attire: La Sposa | Churros: Fernandos Churros | Design, Planning, Florals: Davia Lee Weddings & Events | Hair + Makeup: Shanna Spencer Style | Ice Cream: McConnells Ice Cream | La Tavola Linen: Creative Coverings (blue runners) | Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Ventura Party Rental | Venue: El Capitan State Beach