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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.



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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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Los Olivos Wedding from Chris Humphreys Photography

I have two words. Holy. Moly. The light in this Los Olivos wedding is phenomenal, and Chris Humphreys Photography captured it in a way that has sent all of the SMP offices into a swooning fit. The soft sunset peeking over the mountains in the distance has highlighted the gorgeous couple, and accentuated their stunning soiree, in a way that is beYOND. Beyond. And there is even more in the gallery, if you can believe it!

After an exciting, “Amazing Race” style scavenger hunt proposal, which had me solving riddles, visiting places where we fell in love and eventually hiking to the top of a mountain; we decided to have a wedding weekend that was true to us and our style.

Besides the amazing backdrop, we chose the venue because there were close to no rules that would impair our good time! Friends and family could stay on site with us in the house, or pitch a tent on the property.  We could be loud and use the space as we chose to, and serve whatever food or drink we wanted (including our best friend’s homebrew!) The venue gave us the freedom to design the day exactly as we wanted.

My brother officiated the ceremony and he instantly calmed our wedding day nerves with great jokes, thoughtful stories and audience participation. Our wedding guests did “the wave” to show us their support! Our ceremony was comfortable and full of love. We wanted to stay in that moment forever. My brother did a great job at setting the tone for the rest of the evening.

We planned everything ourselves and had a great time adding our own personalized touches. Some highlights were a rehearsal dinner water-balloon fight and other shenanigans, a Mad-libs style guest book and an impromptu costume party. We brought a chest of wigs, fake mustaches and other costumes and within seconds of opening it the entire party was decked out in flair.  Nothing was better than seeing my mom getting down on the dance floor in a blue beehive wig, or my dad with a fake mustache and sparkly barrettes in his hair. Everyone was beaming and had an absolute blast!  We sent our guests home (in a shuttle bus) with a homemade cookbook consisting of some of our favorite recipes as our favor. 

The night was full of laughter and love and everyone kept commenting on how our wedding was so distinctly “us.” It was truly the day of our dreams.

Photographer: Chris Humphreys Photography / Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse / Florist: Renae’s Bouquet / Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / Caterer: Pure Joy Catering / DJ: Santa Barbara DJ / Lighting: Bella Vista Design / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Makeup and Hair: Pink Diamond Artistry

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