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Los Olivos Anniversary Session from Joel Serrato

You may know Joel Serrato as wedding film god extraordinaire but, my friends, you haven’t seen him like this. This that I speak of is gorgeous photographs of an anniversary session captured in the fields of Los Olivos. Yep, his talent knows no bounds. It runs from the most amazing super 8 films you’ll ever lay your eyes on to still images of  love in the golden glow of that California sun. And it’s beyond. See for yourself right here.

From the Mrs. … As our 2 year anniversary rolled around, my husband and I wanted to, in someway or another, document the moment as to remind ourselves of this special bond that we had made to one another. We weren’t quite sure how, where, or who would be the one to help us capture this moment in time but coincidentally I had seen some gorgeous stills that Joel had shot and thought to myself, he has to be the one. After all, he was the one who shot the most beautiful, honest, artistic, and candid super 8 film of our wedding day. Joel is truly an artist in every sense of the word. Having spent most of his time devoted to creating Super 8 film masterpieces, this has afforded him the ability to pay close attention to detail, understand the movement and use of natural light on his subjects, and moreover create a picture that bleeds nostalgia. He is professional in all that he does and demonstrates his love and passion for the art of photo making with every click of his camera. He has a way about him that just makes you feel comfortable when your around him and it makes for a much more relaxed environment when he’s shooting you. We are so grateful for Joel and all of the incredible talents that he has to offer. Whether it be behind his Super 8 film camera or behind his still film camera, he will undoubtedly create memories for you that will last a lifetime. Thank you Joel Serrato for documenting some of the most beautiful moments for us to cherish.

Photography: Joel Serrato

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Los Olivos Wedding from Braedon Photography

Every once in a while, a wedding comes along that’s the complete and total package. The dress, the design, the florals, and the couple — so madly in love they outshine everything with ease. When those kinds of perfect moments come our way, our blogger giddies hit whole new heights. Because it’s nuptials like this Los Olivos affair — a modern-day fairytale, if you ask me — that remind us of all the reasons we love weddings so, so much. And of course, a dreamy gallery from Braedon Photography doesn’t hurt either. Get lost in it all right here.

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From the Bride… I grew up in the Midwest and had lived in California for 6 years when I met Dennis. During those six years I developed a love/obsession with the Santa Ynez/Los Olivos area. The first time I went there I was in shock that something so serene was so close to LA. Dennis on the other hand is born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA and after we started dating he told me that he had never been to the Santa Yenz area. I about died so needless to say our first get away weekend was to Santa Barbara Wine Country.

At this time I had never been to Demetria, but had started to hear a buzz about it and told Dennis we had to go there. The day we went it ends up that Dennis grew up two block from the owners of Demetria in Manhattan Beach and he had no idea that they had opened a winery. About a year and a half later we got engaged and when we went up to Santa Ynez to look at locations we never left Demetria. We actually stayed past them time that they closed because they all knew Dennis’ father who passed away 14 years ago and the owners started telling stories about his Dad and I started crying and needless to say we never left and knew that this is where our wedding was going to be, no questions.

Once the location and dress was chosen my creative brain started churning right away. Pink has always been my favorite color so Dennis was a good sport to go along with it, and in the end he loved the gray and pink together. I also purchased a lot of custom made items off of Etsy, I became a little Etsy obsessed. We were also lucky that Dennis’ sister is a graphic designer and she made all of the printed materials for our wedding. I really wanted peonies, but given the time of year we got married they were not readily available so Nico at NLC productions worked with me to make sure I was happy, and l was very happy!

It was very important to Dennis and I that everyone coming have an amazing time, since this location was a destination for everyone we knew it was very important for us to make sure that our guests had an unforgettable experience. We both love food, wine, and cocktails so we hired Damien Windsor to do the cocktails, and Savior Faire for our family style dinner and our guests still talk about both. We also had a few special moments for our parents by having a surprise bag piper for our moms and my Dad and I pretended for about 10 seconds to do a normal father daughter dance, but then we threw on Dodger tshirts and hat and danced to “I love LA” by Randy Newman (My Dad has loved the Dodgers his whole life even though he lives in Omaha, NE). My favorite surprise of the night was that I put together a surprise bourbon bar/cigar lounge that I dedicated to Dennis in memory of his Dad and it was called “Bob Komick’s Bourbon Bar.”

Our favorite part of the night was when we stopped for 10 minutes before walking down to the reception and had one of our favorite cocktails just the two of us and looked down on all of our guests already having a great time and the party was just getting started. I am event obsessed and always planning something for my immediate group of friends and after being so happy with the way the wedding turned out I am thinking of branching out into doing something of my own. Really I could go on and on because we loved BRAEDON and the photos that we received a few weeks later and lucky for us we chose great vendors that worked well together and help make my fairy tale dream wedding come true.

Wedding Photography: Braedon Photography | Wedding Venue + Wine: Demetria Estate Winery | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Day-of Wedding Planning: Felici Events | Wedding Cinematopgraphy: Urbane Media Photo & Video | Wedding Catering: Savoir Faire | Wedding Cake: Decadence | Rentals: Town & Country | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Lighting: LBPS Events | Bag Pipe: Bill Boetticher | Singer: Ray Fortune |Transportation: Silverado Stages | Mixologist: Damien Windsor | DJ: Maxx Henry | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Hair: Kelly Scripps | Makeup: Julie Severt

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Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Wedding from Peony and Plum + Stephanie Williams Photography

A note to my future (still undetermined) groom-to-be: I want this wedding.  I want to be married at the always breathtaking Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse with gorgeous blooms from Peony and Plum dotting every inch of space.  I want to tie the knot amongst the natural beauty of the Los Olivos mountains, followed by a rustic meets elegant celebration styled to perfection by A Stunning Affair.  And I want the ever-talented Stephanie Williams on hand to capture every moment… because this wedding?  It’s my world.  And you can see every last glorious moment right here.

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From Peony and Plum… Surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of rustic mountain tops of Los Olivos, CA, Amelia and Skeet celebrated their nuptials in the company of 80 of their closest family and friends.

As they arrived at the unique and secluded 200-year-old Figueroa Farmhouse tucked away in the Santa Ynez Valley, guests were greeted by a refreshing beverage station offering Lavender Lemonade and Sweet Tea served in mini mason jars with striped straws. To memorialize the occasion, guests were asked to offer their best wishes and heartfelt sentiments to the bride and groom, which were hung on branches of a manzanita tree.

The ceremony area took place in an open, grassy field. Marking the entrance stood a wooden arbor that was hand made by the groom, complete with their names carved in the posts, and adorned by Peony and Plum with colorful blooms of peonies, garden roses, lilac, mint and seeded eucalyptus. Guests were invited to sit in seats which were arranged in a unique spiral seating pattern. The groom, looking dashing in a black suit and lavender tie, with his groomsmen, also wearing black suits and grass green ties, escorted seven bridesmaids wearing short lavender dresses and cowboy boots. The beautiful bride, wearing an exquisite vintage lace gown and tan cowboy boots, walked around the spiral aisle accompanied by her parents. At the conclusion of the intimate ceremony, guests showered the bridal couple with fragrant lavender sprigs.

Following the service, guests gathered for cocktail hour where they listened to live bluegrass musicians, sipped on rum punch and dined on delicious oysters on the half shell and bite sized English pasties, one of the many nods to Amelia’s British heritage. On their way to the reception which took place in the main house, guests picked up green apples inscribed with their names and table numbers by Calligraphy Katrina. The room was decorated with wooden rectangular and round tables and adorned with vintage lace hand-picked by the bride. Centerpieces were displayed in a variety of antique English silver tea pots and vases filled with gorgeous pastel peonies, fragrant garden roses, fresh lavender and herbs, delicate anemones and Little Lady apples, all surrounded by soft candlelight. Additional Bistro lighting added a warm glow to the room.

Guests danced the night away to the sounds of an entertaining DJ. When it came time to cut the cake, guests also feasted on a gorgeous dessert display featuring lavender macaroons, fruit tarts and lemon meringue pie: Amelia and Skeet’s favorite pie!  Each guest was also treated to a wedding favor which included a vintage tea cup and saucer complete with English Tea. We were all honored to be part of such a beautiful and touching wedding. Congratulations to Amelia and Skeet!

Photography: Stephanie Williams Photography | Floral Design: Peony and Plum | Event Design + Planning: A Stunning Affair | Cinematography: Frances & Soren (Friends of the Bride & Groom) | Ceremony + Reception Location: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Makeup + Hair: Mariah Nicole | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Honeysuckle Possums | Catering + Desserts: Duo Catering & Events | Cake: Helen Wirth Cakes | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Audiomoe | Officiant: Reverend Joel

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