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Whimsical + Romantic Wente Vineyards Wedding

This, my friends, is a photo of one very happy couple. Amid all the hustle and bustle of their wedding day, their joy and love for one another is far from lost and this is exactly why I’ll never grow sick of looking through wedding photos on a daily basis. Onelove Photography and Motionscope captured that excitement and thanks to them, I’m catching some of those much needed good vibes on this dreary day.

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From The Bride… Our vision for the big day was for it to be fun, heartfelt, whimsy and most importantly for all of our guests to be relaxed and enjoy themselves thoroughly! Wente Vineyards provided the perfect wedding backdrop due to its lush, beautiful yet intimate grounds and of course, the award winning wines and food. It was perfect for vinos and foodies like us! Khoa and I love to travel and explore destinations together, it was always a priority for us as we were a long distance couple for the first several years of dating and the only time we were able to reconnect and spend quality couple time was our trips. We decided to go with vintage travel themed elements for the day in my favorite colors, mint blue, gold and blush. All the planning and late night DIY sessions really paid off during the big day. My crafty dad handmade the marquee J&K sign that was the primary focal point for our sweetheart table. My army of bridesmaids, powered by pizza and wine mostly, helped me snip, cut and trim the travel tag escort cards and hand-letter all the chalkboard signage for the ceremony. I picked up calligraphy and hand wrote the table names which were named after our favorite locations we visited together (all aside from Endor, which is a fictional planet from Star Wars – Khoa’s a bit of a fanboy). We also decided to DIY the floral table centerpieces and diligently scoured the SF Flower Mart days before the wedding for stock up on roses, hydrangeas and greens, which ended up saving us a good chunk of money (much appreciated for a bride on a budget).

It was very important for my family to have a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on our wedding day. Traditionally, the groom and bride kneel before their elders and pour tea as an offering as a sign of respect, in turn the elders exchange red envelopes called “hung bao” with money or jade jewelry for the Bride stuffed inside. I was hesitant at first to do the ceremony due to limited time constraints but it turned out to be one of the most sentimental parts of the day. I actually cried the most during this time and was so afraid to ruin the painstaking efforts of my MUA before the western ceremony! My mother bought me a beautiful, custom fitted silk “qi pao” in a traditional, auspicious red color to wear. My parents, grandparents and my ancestors before them have all taken part in the tea ceremony on their wedding days and it felt so good and humbling to honor them and keep the tradition alive.

Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, which had a lot of meaning for us since our first concert together was to see Jason Mraz perform! We had his groomsman play guitar while my bridesmaid sang. It was an amazing moment swaying together and surrounded by our biggest supporters! We both love music and we are big Beatles fans, so it was a no brainer that our string quartet play music from the Beatles (I walked down the aisle with my dad to “Here Comes the Sun”, the bridal processional was to “All You Need is Love”) and our cake topper followed suite with that theme. Khoa even surprised me with a slow and heartfelt performance of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli, complete with his groomsmen dancing and crooning back up! I was in tears and laughing at the same time! It’s really true what other brides say, the day zooms by so fast before even having time to enjoy your dinner, drinks and guests. By the end of it, our hearts were brimming with so much love, laughter and felt the fullest we’ve ever had. It was truly the best day of our lives and an unforgettable kick-off soiree to the spending the rest of our lives together as husband and wife!

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Motionscope | Wedding Coordinator: Georgie Saucedo | Floral Design: The Flower House | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Wente Vineyards | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Wente Vineyards | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Tiglio | Groomsmen's Attire: Bar III | Beauty: A-List | Bridal Comb: Best Day Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Nadri | Bridesmaid Robes: Just Cottons | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rental: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Winery: Wente Vineyards

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Whimsical Autumn Wedding at Murrieta’s Well

Since I’m wearing a yellow bridesmaid dress this summer, I’m starting to pay special attention to this hue, and this whimsical wedding stood out from the crowd. Full of personal DIY touches and bright florals by Laura Miller, I’ve only just begun soaking up this sunshine-filled beauty. Jasmine Lee worked her magic behind the lens and you can see every colorful moment right here.

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From The Bride… When it came down to planning our wedding, amidst the chaos and excitement, the most important thing was that this wedding represent the personalities of me and my husband. In knowing we were having a small, 70 guest wedding at a vintage winery, I wanted to ensure our guests (close family and friends) felt like they were at OUR wedding. The theme of our wedding was whimsical, vintage love and we made sure to feature little details to express ourselves on the best day of our lives. I found that with a little patience and with the help of Etsy, Yelp and some amazing vendors, you really can have everything personalized to be exactly what you want on your big day!

When it came down to floral arrangements and table decor, we worked with the amazingly talented, Laura Miller, from Oakland. Laura created some of the most beautiful and unique floral arrangements we had ever seen and was excited to collaborate and lead the way on fun DIY projects! To tell the vintage love story, we used arrows as our wedding symbol – they showed up on everything from the invitations, to the bridesmaids’ necklaces, to the place settings on the table. And yes, you guessed it, those place setting arrows were the DIY child of my and Laura’s dreams. We wrapped different colors of embroidery thread around 70 (plus a few for good measure) wooden dowels, added feathers and painted the tips rose gold. They were beautiful and are sitting in my living room to this day! I worked with several Etsy vendors as well, however, one in particular really stole the spotlight. I collaborated with Etsy designer, Arrow and Ink Designs (perfect name for our theme – complete coincidence!) on the design and layout of our invitations, response cards and ceremony programs. Daily email communication took place with this helpful vendor and the end product was unique, custom wedding stationery that illustrated us… literally! Those silhouettes you see on our invitations are actually custom drawings of us!

Our wedding rings and the necklace I wore, were custom designed by an amazing local East Bay jewelry designer. We repurposed a ring that belonged to my Great-Grandma (who I am named after) for the diamonds and gold for my ring and necklace, and my Grandpa’s wedding band for part of my husband’s ring. Having something that belonged to my family and repurposed in such a special way made our wedding rings that much more meaningful. Everyday, I get to look down at my wedding ring and think of not only my amazing husband, but of my Great-Grandma and family history. We also added some personal touches to our ceremony, such as writing and reciting our own vows and walking down the aisle to Arcade Fire and Beach House. Lastly, one of the most memorable parts of our reception was a video that my Dad created for us. In ten minutes, he was able to tell the story of our lives, from birth through college, to the day we met and through present day. I get chills when I picture showing this video to our Grandchildren someday.

All in all, the planning process was made easy with help from supportive vendors who genuinely cared about us and our wedding day was filled with love, happiness and fun. And that’s all you can ask for!

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (custom Dyed By Local SF Shoe Shop) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fleet Collection | DJ: DJ Greg Gioia | Officiant: Bob Hanson (family Friend) | Belt: Blue Willow | Bridal Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Catering/cake: Wente Vineyards | Clip: BHLDN | Floral & Styling: Laura Miller Design | Grooms Clothing: J. Crew | Hair/Makeup: Triple Twist Makeup & Hair Design | Invitation/RSVP, Programs: Arrow And Ink Designs | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rings & My Necklace: Custom Made At Higgins Jewelry Center | Veil: Twigs And Honey | Venue: Murrieta's Well

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Blush and Sequin Wedding at Murrietas Well

When Danielle Poff  sent over this stunner  of a soiree at Murrietas Well, I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s pure prettiness from start to finish, and simply screams SMP. The blush tones, the touch of sparkle, the sweet little details scattered about – every single image sitting pretty in this gallery makes my heart flutter, and you can see why here.

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From The Bride…I met Jonmichael when I moved to Boulder, Colorado from California in the fall of 2005. I could tell, and I was told, that Jonmichael was interested in me but the timing just wasn’t right for us yet. However, we became instant friends. We would spend lots of time together in Boulder and would go snowboarding in the mountains as much as we could. Snowboarding was a common passion and allowed us the time to have fun and bond.

In 2009, I moved to Denver for school and we did not see each other as much as we previously had, we lost touch a bit. In September 2010, on a whim, I called Jonmichael and invited him to come have dinner with me in Denver. I honestly cannot tell you what changed but the timing was right and during that dinner we both realized that our bond was stronger than previously thought and we wanted to pursue a relationship. We began seeing each other all the time and realized that it just worked between us. That following summer we moved to California for Jonmichael’s new job and we have been living together in Folsom ever since with our kitty Moxie.

Jonmichael’s mom, sister, and brother-in-law were visiting us in California and his family members were also meeting my parents for the first time. We had planned for a day of wine tasting in Livermore and unbeknownst to me, but known by everyone else, Jonmichael had plans of his own. We arrived at our first destination, Murietta’s Well. We were tasting the fabulous wine and I remember commenting on how quickly Jonmichael was drinking his first few tastings, I know now that it was for liquid courage! Shortly after, Jonmichael pulled me aside on to the winery’s balcony which over looks the vineyard. We were taking in the view and next thing I know, Jonmichael is down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Tears of happiness filled my eyes and I shouted, ‘YES!’ It was an amazing memory that I am so happy our family was there to witness and share with us.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Videography: Travis Ellston | Flowers: Wild Iris Designs | Wedding Dress: J'aime Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Wente | Makeup: Jennifer Hicks | Hair: Paige Jeluso | Lighting: Magical Lighting | DJ: DJ Matteo | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: Murrietas Well | Film Processing & Scans: Photovision | Harpist/Flutist: Elegance Harp | Linen: La Tavola

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