From the Bride… I had always dreamed of getting married at my Grandparents Ranch in Lodi, CA but my fiancé wanted to get married near our home in San Diego. When we first saw the Darlington House we knew it was the perfect compromise .. a beautiful white house that resembled my grandparents and was also near the beach.
We wanted our wedding day to be unique and a day that resembled who we are. I had been following Plenty of Petals work and fell in love with her gorgeous arrangements and organic style. The Darlington House has so much natural beauty that the rose garden inspired us to go with a secret garden theme .. simple, romantic, and just a touch of vintage. Carmen & Kasia at Meadowsweet Events were able to create and flawlessly execute our dream wedding.
My Dad is an amazing craftsman and I wanted to include a few personal elements at our wedding. My dad built an awesome dessert wall to display our favorite sweets and cut log slices for each place setting. Twinkle & Toast brought both elements to life with her lovely hand calligraphy.
Our wedding day wouldn’t have been possible without all of our amazing vendors! :)
From the Bride… From the beginning, Rich and I both established that our guests having a good time was our #1 wedding priority! For him, that meant a top-shelf open bar all night and an abundance of tasty food. For me, it meant good music and an awesome space that really allowed our guests to move around, mingle, dance, and enjoy each other and the night.
Visually, I wanted grandeur that wasn’t overstated; glamorous and elegant, but not over the top. My vision was lots of golds and creams with pops of color. I love jade and mint, but also wanted to add a softness and femininity with light pinks. I looked at LOTS of pictures (many from SMP) and tried to identify what the ones I loved had in common. I took inspiration from a lot of different places, and accumulated various ideas before I was even engaged…
I saw the flipbook booth at a corporate event I attended and knew I wanted it at our wedding.
Rich and I saw a cigar roller on a “Four Weddings” episode when we first dating, and I promised him then it would be in our wedding if we made it that far. I am always starving by the end of the night at weddings, so I knew I wanted late night snacks for our guests. I have an insatiable sweet tooth so the dessert bar was a no-brainer. (This was an obvious priority as we ended up using three different vendors just for desserts!) And Paper- I LOVE PAPER so that was literally the first vendor we met with and it was a match from the get-go. Every little detail was discussed, colors compared and it was so important to me to have coordinating paper goods throughout the entire process from Save the Dates to the Wedding Day.
We wanted an amazing experience for our guests that hit all the important small details we had hoped for and it was definitely achieved. The color palette we had which was guided a lot by our Coordinator, Paige, still gets me excited!
Joel Serrato, TEAM Hair And Makeup and Laurie Arons Special Events are three people I truly adore. So when they send a sweet as ever engagement session like this one our way? I hop up outta my chair and shake it a little. OK, maybe a lot. Point is, they never cease to deliver the pretty, and this stunning love sesh is just a little taste of what’s to come for this beautiful bride and groom-to-be.
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From the beautiful Bride… Jeff and I met in college in 2008, where we actually became friends first. However, friendship didn’t last long when it became apparent to both of us that we wanted more. Over the last seven years, our relationship has endured quite a bit – we dated for about 2 weeks before I left for a summer abroad in London, said “I Love You” for the first time with 5,000 miles between us, finished our degrees (undergraduate for me, graduate degree for Jeff), Jeff moving to Taiwan to pursue basketball & like most people in their early 20s stumbled to establish our careers. However, after all of that we have settled our roots in my home town San Diego, and are extremely excited to get married in this beautiful city. Luckily for us, we have an amazing team working together to make this day more perfect than we could probably imagine. A major thank you to Laurie Arons Special Events, Joel Serrato Photography, Flower Wild, Founders Chapel at University of San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, Team Hair and Makeup, Monique Lhuillier, West Coast Music, Elysium Productions, Curlicue Designs Calligraphy, Pitbulls and Posies, Zephyr Tents, Casa de Perrin and many, many more talented vendors!
Date nights are the best. I still get that same spark of excitement to get all dressed up for a romantic evening out with my fiancé. So when Ashley Kelemen sent this e-sesh our way based on that idea? I could help but fall head over heels in love with this picnic-style beach date, complete with a red dress from Lulu’s and lush bouquet by Plenty Of Petals. Dig your toes into this sweet, sandy gallery for more!
From Ashley Kelemen…Maria & Chris wanted their engagement session to feel like date night, with a gorgeous picnic on the beach and a perfect excuse to dress up! We met up for a lovely stroll through Torrey Pines, wrapping up on the beach at sunset, and had an absolutely incredible evening.
There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.
Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.
Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).
To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!
To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.
The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).