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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.


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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California Wine Country Wedding from onelove photography

What do you get when you mix the creative juices of onelove photography and Joy de Vivre and place them in an exquisite vineyard to plan and capture the wedding of an Amazing Race winner? Pure once-in-a-lifetime magic, that’s what. I adore every line of this science-loving couple’s story-like how they collected beakers to use for bud vases, how bride Kat Chang won the race of a lifetime, and finally how this dream team came together to make this day come to life for these sweet lovers. I really don’t have to tell you twice that this gallery is bursting at the seams with love and inspiration… it is beyond.


From Sara of onelove photography… A recent winner of Amazing Race, Kat Chang was married in Solvang this summer. Her partner from the show was one of her bridesmaids! This beautiful rustic event was styled by Joy Proctor of Joy de Vivre.

From the Bride… Our wedding weekend was a celebration of our marriage but also of our new little family. Our destination wedding was the first time most of our closest friends and family were meeting our one-month old daughter. It was important to us that our wedding reflected our style and individuality. We chose to get married in Santa Barbara Wine Country because it is one of our favorite weekend getaways from Los Angeles. The barn at the Coquelicot Estate Vineyards was the perfect choice for our reception venue as it provided an empty space to make our own. The design aimed to blend the rustic with the elegant.

Tradition and formality were abandoned in favor of a relaxed environment with the goal only to enjoy the company of our friends and family. We had our bridesmaids and groomsmen select their own attire which we did not see until the day of the wedding. Our ceremony was short yet personal and included a special acknowledgement of our baby girl. The reception was loosely structured providing more time for socializing and lots of dancing. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a dessert table with selections of our our favorite sweets. To reflect our love of science, we collected chemistry flasks, beakers and medicine jars to hold the goodies for our candy bar.

Wedding Photography: onelove photography / Wedding Venue: Coquelicot Estate Vineyard in Los Olivos, California / Wedding Coordination + Styling: Joy de Vivre / Officiant: Nancy Little Moon of Blessing in Paradise / Wedding Catering: Full of Life / DJ. Gavin Roy Presents /  Rentals: Town & Country / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Lighting: LBPS Events / Wedding Dress: Ulla Maija / Wedding Dress Alterations: Reene of In Stitches / Bride’s Earrings + Bracelet: Kendra Scott / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBGDiane Von Furstenberg + Banana Republic / Makeup: Elite Makeup Designs / Groom’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank / Wedding Rings: Vartan’s Fine Jewelers

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Los Olivos Wedding at Demetria Estate from onelove photography

People keep asking me what sort of wedding I would have if I could do it all over again. And I’m just not entirely sure what the answer is. There are so many beautiful ideas that we see here every day, it’s sort of eye candy overload. But one thing I do know is that I would approach the wedding exactly like this next bride did. Carefully choosing her guest list, letting the space inspire her style and opting for simple, gorgeous details with effortless grace and charm. And they couldn’t have chosen a better team, onelove photography, to capture every last bit of it. Click here to see the whole gallery.

From the Bride… We wanted to have a wedding that reflected our both our personalities and our respective heritages (the groom is Cuban and I am Greek and Irish). My husband worked closely with our officiant (the husband of my matron of honor and a close family friend) on our ceremony to make sure that it had the right blend of wit, humor and gravitas for our venue. We selected Demetria not only because of its beauty (and great wine) but because the owners are close relatives of mine.

Our favorite weddings have always been those where the guests really get to know each other over a period of time, giving the wedding weekend a relaxed and joyous environment. We invited a small group of very important people. Knowing this was important to us, we were lucky to have a couple’s shower thrown for us a few weeks prior to our wedding where we taught a large group of our guests how to do the traditional Greek dances that would be played during our wedding. Everyone had a blast figuring it out, and they were that much more eager to jump up and dance at the wedding. We also invited everyone to meet us for drinks at a local bar and restaurant the night before our wedding to kick the party off and get everyone having fun. The morning after our wedding, we invited everyone to a relaxed brunch, gave them a mimosa and showed the photos from the photo booth the evening before while everyone recovered.

Demetria is a sustainable and biodynamic winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and we selected local, seasonal, organically grown food to complement that. As big cooks and foodies, we spent significant time crafting our menu with our fabulous catering company, recreating some of our favorite dishes from our years together. We picked a great photo booth company to provide activities for those who didn’t want to dance and spent hours putting together the perfect blend of music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception with our amazing DJ. Because we were going for a rustic and relaxed design, we worked with our coordinator to create loose, tumbling centerpieces full of herbs, greens and white flowers in mahogany boxes and rustic stone urns. Knowing that it gets very dark in such a remote location, we brought in strings of Fellini lights above and lit the tables with votives and hurricane lanterns (which were also scattered throughout the property). We decorated the bar and sweetheart tables with flowing lemon leaf swag as a nod to the classical Grecian laurel wreaths.

It’s nice to have a beautiful wedding, but it’s even more important to create lasting memories with those you love. Be gracious hosts: pour good wine for your guests, serve them good food, play good music, and give them things to do! And invite those people who mean the most to you, no frenemies! Be fearless with your photographer. Stand in the dirt if they tell you to (we did), and have total faith in them. Pick professional vendors who do their jobs well; you can rely on your friends another time … they should be able to enjoy your wedding! Also remember that this won’t be the last party you ever throw as a couple so keep your vision focused, as hard as it may feel. There’s always time to incorporate globe balloons or mariachis at another time if it isn’t fitting in with this event. We also loved having little elements thrown in to reflect our humor. Did our best man wear the “Hand of the King” pin from Game of Thrones? Yes. Was there a Lord of the Rings joke in our ceremony? Yes. Did we play the Star Wars Cantina Song as the guests walked to the cocktail hour? We sure did! We loved catching our guests by surprise with little personal touches throughout the evening and enjoying each others’ company on the most fantastic night of our lives.

Wedding Photography: onelove photography / Wedding Venue: Demetria Estate in Los Olivos, California / Wedding Coordination, Floral + Event Design: Stephanie Grace Designs / Catering: New West / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Wedding Stationery: Smock via Urbanic Paper Boutique / DJ: Gianna Costa of Hey Mister DJ / Lighting + Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu / Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms + Etsy / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Amore Treasure / Hair + Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their Choice / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

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