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An Outdoor Wedding with an Oak Tree Altar

When it comes to couples that totally captivate Lindsay and Joe are as charming as can be, and their big day? It’s somehow even more enthralling. With the talented Anne-Claire Brun Photography behind the lens capturing every mesmerizing moment, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From Anne-Claire BrunLast Spring I have shot a wedding in Campovida. I already loved my couple, I had shot their engagement session in Northern California the previous year and it was a lot of fun! I thought it would be a good wedding but I had no idea…

First, the venue was incredible and Lindsay (+ her mom!) did an incredible work with the design! I loved everything about this wedding. The animated getting ready, the emotional first look between Lindsay and her dad, the friendships in the bridal party and with the siblings, the ceremony under the tree, the speeches and the four parents holding hands, how the couple had planned a cake for the groom’s brother as well, because it was also his birthday and finally, everyone having a blast on the dance floor.

I have rarely seen so much love between two families. Between all the guests. It was truly different, the way that everyone interacted with me, the way they talked, laughed and danced…

I always say that I shoot weddings because it’s wonderful to be surrounded by so much love and happiness but it’s rare for it to be this much. I feel honored to have been the witness of such a pure moment and I am grateful that I came across so much love. It was humbling and amazing.

From The Bride…Joe and I went to high school together, but were just friends back then. It wasn’t until many years later, when we both found ourselves living in San Francisco, when we reunited. A mutual friend was in town, which brought us together one night, and there was an undeniable chemistry between us. We hung out long after the rest of the group had left, talking for hours and learning about each other like it was the first time we were meeting. We were together from that moment on!

He completely surprised me by doing his proposal in a way that was actually not so surprising! He had always said he would do it in some very obscure, non-cliché way so that I never saw it coming. But he got down on one knee while we were at the beach at sunset on the first day of our Hawaiian vacation! I never thought he would have done it in such a “what you see in the movies” kind of way, so ironically enough, it ended up being the perfect way to completely catch me off guard!

We are so lucky to have so many amazing family members who were so supportive and helpful throughout the process. If it wasn’t for our amazing Moms and Dad’s, we would not have had the final product that we did! We spent what we thought at the time was way too long choosing each vendor, but it turns out that was the best thing we could have done! We ended up with an amazing group of wedding vendors who made the whole experience so enjoyable. Our wedding planner, Courtney Cargile, made us feel so at ease in the months leading up to the wedding. Since we had so many of our family members contributing in various ways, and so many little DIY projects throughout the process, our biggest concern had always been whether everything would come together in the end. She really took charge and went above and beyond to make it sure that it did!

Joe and I tend to have eclectic taste – we appreciate both a classic/refined, and a modern/funky aesthetic, so it made it hard to decide on which direction to go with our wedding look. We took our time brainstorming and exploring different ideas and venues, but once we found Campovida, our vision totally fell into place. Campovida is centered around sustainability and nature: “we are obsessed with all things rooted in real – not tinkered or changed for the sake of fitting in.” (in their own words from their Website). We kept this as our mantra to create a simple, yet elegant wedding that would accentuate the beautiful gardens and unique grounds there. We worked with an amazing local florist who uses only local and sustainable florals and materials. We accented the flowers and greenery with simple gold and natural wood touches, and kept the frills to a minimum, focusing on details that had real meaning and purpose. My Mom and Dad were amazing and surprised us with even more DIY touches that we didn’t know about – a custom “We Did!” sign for our dinner chairs, beautiful signs and hanging golden spheres to deck out our dessert table, and beautiful gold candlelit lanterns hanging above the head table. It all came together even better than I had imagined it!

My favorite moment of the day was the ceremony. We chose not to have a first look, so standing at the altar was the first time we had seen each other that day. I had been so nervous about being in front of so many people with everybody’s eyes on us. But it turned out to be an oddly serene and calming moment knowing we had so many loving friends and family members together in one place to support us. It was an amazing feeling to finally be saying our vows – something we had been looking forward to for so long! We couldn’t have imagined the ceremony being any more wonderful – it was the perfect, peaceful way to kick off the rest of the evening!

An advice for future brides and groom would be to try to simplify wherever possible. Wedding planning can spiral out of control if you let it. Don’t get caught up in what you ‘should’ do – stay true to yourselves and remember how you feel as a guest at a wedding and what you do and don’t notice. Another big piece of advice I’d give is to not focus as much on how you want things to look, as much as how you want to feel and how your guests to feel throughout each part of the wedding.

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Photography: Anne-Claire Brun Photography | Event Design: The Bride and the Bride’s Mother | Event Planning: Courtney Cargile | Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Schat's Bakery Cafe | Stationery: Minted | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Bay Area Beautiful | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Favors: Chocolate dipped cookies made by our Moms and Sisters | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Thomas Lengyel, Groom’s Cousin | Venue: Campovida | Napkins: The Knot | Signage: Bride's Sister

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Rustic Chic Tentend Vineyard Wedding in California

Hopland is officially my happy place, and today we’re totally going there thanks to Lynette Boyle Photography. Because really, it wouldn’t be fair if we were to deny you the distinguished beauty of this wedding. It’s the type of crackling good fun you just won’t want to miss, and now you won’t have to because we’ve got it in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Jake and I met in a little town known as Las Vegas. I was on an Arizona fishing trip with my family and last-minute asked them to drop me off in Vegas to stay for a night with my girlfriends. Jake was in town for his friend’s bachelor party. Our mutual friend Janine decided to take me at the stroke of midnight to meet up with her friends, one of whom was Jake. We met and hit it off immediately, danced all night, and that turned into a long distance relationship, me in LA and Jake in SF! I guess what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas…and can lead to an engagement right in front of the Golden Gate bridge, twinkling in the dark San Francisco night.

Ever since I was a little girl and watched “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, I dreamed of having my future wedding reception under a big white tent. When the time came to look at venues, we looked at many but when we stumbled upon Contento Vineyard, our jaws dropped and we were absolutely in love with the site. It’s on a private vineyard in Mendocino wine country, on top of a plateau overlooking picturesque rolling vineyards, with a rustic barn and a big white tent! It’s also a DIY-lover’s paradise and acted as a blank palette to design as we wished with the most amazing vendors. Throwing in Jake’s love of country everything and the outdoors, and my love for all things French, we decided on a theme of French Festival, which was the inspiration for many elements of our wedding: our French balloon monogram (which we put on everything!), lavender bridal bouquets and succulent boutonnieres, chandeliers and candelabras, a vintage rooster gift box, and gilded touches. I also taught myself calligraphy, which proved to be quite useful in order to add wistful accents. Jake’s favorite sports team is Michigan football, whose colors are blue and “maize”, so we decided on a light blue and gold color palette to be in the same color family, and I threw in my favorite color of mint.

After the church ceremony, guests were transported to the vineyard by shuttle, and it was wonderful to see all the guests exploring the gorgeous property and into the vineyards as well. I decided to surprise Jake with a Michigan sports cake, and he surprised me at the same time by wearing an “ao dai”, a Vietnamese gown during the cake-cutting. Our dear friend, a DJ by the name of TRAVISWILD, put on an upbeat music performance to get our grooves on. By the end of the night, my beautiful Jim Hjelm dress was completely ripped and covered with dirt, but that to me was a sign of a great night. We are so grateful to our incredible vendors for working so tirelessly with us through the Mendocino heat and long nights to make the day so unforgettable.

From Lynette Boyle PhotographyOne of the nicest things about working with couples like Christine and Jake is that they care about everyone involved in their wedding day. They want everyone to have an incredible time, even their vendors. They spent so much time preparing things to make all of their guests from near and far feel welcome and at home. They spent hours hand-making welcome bags, escort cards and cornhole boards, hunting at flea markets, choosing signature cocktails, and picking out thank you gifts. It meant so much to their guests that they did everything themselves. I also loved how they managed to surprise each other throughout the day with thoughtful gifts and gestures. Most importantly though, they did all these things because they wanted to, not because they felt like they had to. What a privilege it was to photograph this beautiful couple on their wedding day!

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Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography | Cinematography: Two Spoons Productions | Coordination: Lake Event and Design | Floral Design: Sweetness And Light | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Hadassah Calligraphy | Invitations: Ragan House Lettering | Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary Of The Angels | Reception Venue: Brutocao Contento Vineyards | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Kieu Hahn Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shoshanna | Catering: An Affair to Remember | Hair And Makeup: Krissy From The Parlour Ukiah | DJ: Weddings By Sunnyside | Groom's Attire: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Attire: Own Only | Bride's Earrings: Bloomingdales | Bridesmaid Gifts: Elizabeth's Embellishments | C+J Lighted Sign: Bed Bath & Beyond | CJK Chair Sign: Mattie V | Cake Topper: Red Light Studio | Dress Hanger: BHLDN | Escort Card Favors: Kate Aspen | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Groom's Pocket Watch: Paperonly | Menu Chalkboards: Mintage Designs | Ring Bearer Airplane Sign: DJ Hush - Dan Haddad | Robes: Silk And More | Table Numbers: OAKYdesigns | Veil: IHeartBride

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Organic + Traditional Outdoor Wedding in Mendocino County

This next Hopland celebration is what we like to call B-A-N-A-N-A-S beautiful (it’s just that good). Marrying unreal views of the valley and vineyards, it’s a hillside ceremony that is beauteous beyond measure (and we’re not just talking about that Pronovias gown)! So get that Pinterest board ready for a dose of Danielle Poff Photography goodness because we’ve got it all waiting in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…When Brian and I saw our wedding venue for the first time– the open air barn, trees hanging with Spanish moss and unreal views of the valley and vineyards– we knew we had to be married here. On top of the hill, so secluded and serene, it felt like the perfect place to bring family and friends away from the rest of the world to have an intimate gathering. The space really shows off the beauty of Northern California, which was great to show our guests who were traveling so far to the tiny town of Hopland to celebrate with us.

Our style at home is really a mix of vintage and modern, so naturally we knew those elements would be blended in our wedding style choices; we scoured Alameda’s Antique Faire and flea markets for vintage bottles and copper for our tables, and used vintage metal frames for the numbers, but kept almost everything else simple, white, and fresh. We wanted wood tables rather than linen covered ones, and floral arrangements composed of leafy greens rather than heavily packed flowers to keep it loose and informal. Honestly, the setting was so gorgeous, we wanted to the details to be really natural and neutral (rather than rustic), and just to get out of the way for people to enjoy.

It was a priority to us to create a space for our guests to feel lost in a moment, relaxed, and to enjoy great food, wine and music. We had more than a good time in the run up before the wedding, tasting different wines with the family to make our final selection! When I saw the aisle leading to a beautiful, hazy panoramic view, our smiling guests, and Brian under the arbor, I couldn’t have been a happier bride!

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Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Event Planning: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Gina's Floral Enchantment | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: By Invitation Only On Etsy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | DJ: Elite Sound | Venue: Brutocao Contento Vineyards | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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