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Ruby + Pink Chalk Hill Estate Winery Wedding

I’m starting to think that we need to see a little more ruby red in weddings. Don’t you think? Red has always been a toughie, but when it’s done right—it’s sooo good. This fete from onelove photography? It’s a prime example that ruby + wineries = wedding color perfection. From the sweet pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses to the rich posies from Michael Daigian Design, you can see it all here.

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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…Jordan and I wanted our wedding to incorporate elements that highlighted our shared love of food, wine and travel. When we saw Chalk Hill for the first time, we fell in love with the property. The quaint chapel and equestrian center with sweeping views of the vineyards made us feel like we were in the hills of Tuscany. During cocktail hour, we had an accordionist play as our guests enjoyed light appetizers and wine that we handpicked for the day. Jordan and a friend have their own wine label, Lyons-Wells, so each guest got a bottle of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon as a favor. When it came to dinner, we worked with Park Avenue to create a family style Italian meal with suggested wine pairings, and each table was named after a city that we have lived in or traveled to together.

Jordan and I wanted the decor to complement the wine country location and to incorporate elements of fall with a classic, romantic and elegant feel. To do this, we kept the color palette neutral (blush, cream and gold) with a burgundy-wine accent. Many of the details were homemade, including all of the paper goods and wooden welcome signs in the shape of pumpkins outside of the chapel. My mom and I went to antique fairs and stores to collect books, teacups and votives for our florist to incorporate into the romantic centerpieces for the dinner tables. The cake table was decorated with wedding photographs of our parents and grandparents and our Nana’s antique wedding cake topper.

My advice to other brides is to enjoy this time, it goes by fast! The list of to-do items can get overwhelming, but try to remember what really makes your wedding special, which is the love that you and your fiance share and all of the people that are there to celebrate with you. Try to pick one or two things that are most important to you, whether that be the food or music or flowers, and focus on that. If you are planning on doing any DIY projects, try to do them at least a month before the wedding date, so that you aren’t rushing to do them at the last minute! We originally did not budget for a videographer, but decided to hire someone to film the wedding last minute. This was the best decision ever! We had so much fun watching the video clips on our honeymoon, and are working on making our own version of a wedding highlights video.

We planned events leading up to the wedding day, so that it we could spend the entire weekend with our family and friends. It was so nice to spend quality time with our families before the wedding, since the actual day is so busy! On the wedding day, we decided not to do a “first look,” so that the first time Jordan saw me in my dress, it was when I was walking down the aisle. Seeing Jordan’s face when the chapel doors opened was priceless. My dad calmed my nerves by singing “Here Comes the Bride” as he walked me down the aisle. Highlights of the reception include the heartfelt speeches and dancing the night away with our guests.

Photography: onelove photography | Coordinator: Pilar Mustafa, So-Eventful | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Moustache Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: Brush Salon | Lighting: Encore Events Rentals | DJ: Randy Harris, Pacific Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony And Reception: Chalk Hill Estates And Winery | Shoe Designer: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Modern + Masculine Summer Wedding at Barndiva

I fell more and more in love with this wedding – and this couple – with every photo I went through. From their adorable pups at the ceremony (escorted by their best men no less) to the dapper suits and macaroon cake at the reception, this California celebration captured by heart. Abi Q didn’t miss a second of this stylish soiree planned by Going Lovely, and you can see the whole fantastic day right here.

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From Going Lovely… When Rich and Kiko first reached out to us and gave us a glimpse into their style along with the lowdown on their love story, we knew their big day was going to be epic. Then we met them in person and the love and energy between them was so evident as they finished each other’s sentences and were just oh so fun. Oh, and they had an impeccable sense of style in addition to being downright darling. They had already booked the modern and playful Barndiva for their big day and wanted our help organizing a festive and fun 4th of July weekend for all of their closest friends and family. They kicked off the weekend with a welcome dinner at the Hotel Healdsburg complete with a traditional Filipino pig roast, custom cocktails, lawn games and fireworks with all of their family and friends (including their sweet dogs Lucy and RJ).

We enlisted the oh so talented Abi Q Photography to capture their big day and she did so without a hitch. The theme was masculine and modern, and we used Succulence to incorporate their love of succulents throughout the decor.

Their ceremony was incredibly intimate and heartfelt. They were each walked down the aisle by their parents and even included their sweet Yorkies as well that were carried by their best men. As a homage to Kiko’s Filipino culture, the two wore the Barong Tagalog – the formal and traditional attire made from pineapple fibers. They both wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!

Following the ceremony, they changed into incredibly stylish suits and were as handsome as can be. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the modern art gallery sipping on custom cocktails while taking Polaroids for the grooms to keep as an alternative wedding guest book.

We incorporated a masculine vintage lounge from One True Love Rentals- complete with a leather chesterfield sofa, which was well utilized throughout the night.

Dinner took place outdoors in an intimate garden setting under a canopy of string lights. To keep with the rustic and masculine theme, we incorporated lots of leafy greens amongst the succulent centerpieces, copper accents, amber medicine bottle bud vases and rustic antlers along with custom menus and navy linens. The ‘head’ table was in the center of the action on a large rustic farm table that we filled with extra large copper candle lanterns, which added the perfect amount of romantic and rustic lighting.

The fun continued throughout the night with a macaron tower ‘cake’, lots and lots of dancing, a photobooth and a late night delivery of In-n-Out burgers! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of love, laughter and a great time had by all.

Photography: Abi Q Photography | DJ: John Piazza | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Shoes: Magnanni | Catering And Mini Desserts: Barndiva | Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva | Event Planning & Design: Going Lovely | Florals: Succulence | Getting Ready: Healdsburg Modern Cottages | Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Macaron Tower: Tout Sweet | Paper Goods: Hen & Co. | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wood Ceremony Pedestal Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals

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Rustic Chic Sonoma County Winery Wedding

If I were to attend this alfresco affair, I would never leave. For starters, it’s at Arista Winery (hello dream venue) and with birchwood and mercury glass accents, I’m bound to pin every. single. image. With vendors like Off the Beaten Path WeddingsNicollette MollettNEVE BROS. INC. and onelove photography the entire day is downright dreamy.

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From the beautiful Bride… I loved our combination of birchwood, mercury glass and soft pink and peach tones. It created a warm and chic atmosphere. I also wanted to incorporate something from Australia where Simon is from, so I especially loved the eucalyptus leaves.

I wanted our wedding to focus on everything Simon and I have shared with our friends and family for the past 7 years: warmth and love of an intimate and fun dinner party, great food, great wine, and wonderful company.

Mary Ellen’s Pinterest account and Style Me Pretty definitely gave me inspiration. I’ve always had a vision of how I wanted my wedding to look and I know Mary Ellen understood the “look and feel” I wanted and created it spectacularly!

The highlight of our wedding day was experiencing the overwhelming feeling of all of our friends and family gathered to celebrate the love and commitment Simon and I have for one other. My advice is don’t sweat the small things! Have a vision of what you’re after, but not an exact replica. It will save you time and stress and everything will look beautiful regardless.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Nicollette Mollett | Event Designer: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Floral Design: NEVE BROS. INC.-a Farm In Petaluma, CA | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Cake: Sweetie Pies | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sue Wong | Catering: Off The Beaten Path Weddings Chef – Cheyenne Simpkins | DJ: AMS Wine Country | Groom's Attire: Isaia | Belt: Romona Keveza | Paper Goods: The Stationery Company | Rentals: Wine Country Party and Rentals | Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman | Wedding Venue: Arista Winery

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