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Rustic Summer Wedding in Marin County

Besides this darling duo’s great taste in music (they played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” twice at their wedding), they really know how to throw one fabulous party.  Together with a fab team of vendors (think Daisy Rose Floral Design and Paper Daisies Stationery) they created a day that was rich in organic-inspired details and rustic charm at every turn.  OneLove Photography captured every moment and, let me tell you loves, it’s worthy of some serious swoon time.  See it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I decided to get married in Bolinas, CA– a small town in West Marin that’s about an hour north of San Francisco, and near and dear to our hearts. We wanted a wedding that reflected the wonderful memories we have of spending time with friends and family in this special part of California. We also wanted a wedding that reflected the life we try to lead together: fun, unfussy, and filled with love, family, and good food.

I had the most difficult time choosing a palette for the wedding. Eventually, I just chose things I love from nature, all of which happen to be beautifully fragrant: French lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Every part of the day incorporated these elements. My bouquet of creamy tea roses and peonies was dotted with all three; our flower girls wore crowns of eucalyptus and lavender; our specialty cocktail was a French-inspired lavender lemonade; we gave our guests homemade rosemary-infused sea salt to take home with them; each dinner table had small floral arrangements that mirrored my bouquet, and each place setting had a sprig of fresh rosemary.

We decided to have a Catholic ceremony at the local church in town, which is a small mission chapel built in 1853 that has been the site of baptisms, weddings, and funerals in my husband’s family. Since I’m not religious, I decided to incorporate some secular elements into the ceremony: my brothers played a Hawaiian wedding song on ukulele, and a Carl Sagan quotation was inscribed on our program. And, both my husband and I were walked down the aisle by our parents!

Our reception was held at the Peace Barn, a private property in Bolinas that we were given permission to use. We enjoyed cocktails, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres on the meadow behind the barn, which is bordered by cypress and willows, and looks out on the Bolinas lagoon. At sunset, guests made their way back up the narrow, marsh-lined path to enjoy dinner, dancing, donuts and cake in the chandelier and candlelit barn. The groom and I had planned to exit the party early at 11, but we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the dance floor until the DJ stopped at midnight. The last song he played was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,’” which our string trio had played as our recessional. It was a perfect end to the celebration.

Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes | Stationery : Paper Daisies Stationery | Reception Venue: The Peace Barn | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | DJ: DJ St. Patrick, Golden State Productions | Wedding Favors: Bride & Groom | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Chapel: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church | Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oysters | String Trio: Corelli Strings

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Romantic Foggy After Wedding Portraits

One consensus I hear while planning my own nuptials is that the day goes by in a blur. So why not take note from this darling couple and their after wedding portraits - I mean, any excuse to slip on that Monique Lhuillier and a flower crown by Tango & Fox Trot again? Yes, please! Through the haze Coco Tran captured so many sweet moments they have me wishing for a post wedding session myself.

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From Coco TranKevin and Nancy wed in June in San Diego, working with Nancy in the past ( Her engagement session) she wanted to book a after session with me for a Bride and Groom portrait session. She wore her stunning Monique Lhullier wedding dress. The flowy dress on a foggy Marin afternoon alongside with Flowers by Tango and Foxtrot made this session truly fine art and one of a kind.

I love photographing my couples after their wedding. The wedding day seems to go by with a blink of an eye, and sometimes there isn’t enough time in the wedding day to include romantic bride and groom portraits. It’s a great opportunity to relive your wedding day and it gives me more time to creatively photograph my couples! It’s also nice that we get to pick any venue/location the couple would like. Sometimes, I’m booked for my couples wedding dates, so this is a great way for us to work together to create stunning wedding images without having to change your wedding date .

Nancy & Kevin brought some wedding day props to dress up their after session. The wooden sign, Nancy’s flower girl was holding that down the aisle before Kevin saw Nancy. The DIY letter box made by Nancy with their wedding colors. All little details that were a special part of Nancy and Kevin’s big day.

Photography: Coco Tran | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Venue: Marin | Flower Design: Tango & Fox Trot | Wedding Sign: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Romantic Headlands Shoot

Looking to be inspired? Thanks to the team of Kent Avenue Photography and Loop Flowers and Events, you can look no further! Berry toned blooms add a pop of color against the green hills of the Marin Headlands, creating a wildly romantic setting for this next photoshoot. Head to the gallery for more. Inspiration and beauty awaits.

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From Kent Avenue PhotographyIt was such a treat to work with so many local Bay Area vendors on this recent bridal session led by Anna Hoffman’s Loop Event Arts! When Anna says jump, I say ‘how high??’ Her floral designs are pure magic. Garden spun arrangements infused with romance and an earthy sexiness beyond any other! Her ability to layer color and texture is just drool-worthy. There are no heirs about these flowers – just a pure, undone elegance that will make you weak in the knees.

Pair all this loveliness with the majestic, rugged beauty of the Marin Headlands and we were in heaven! Talk about being over stimulated. Magnificent, undulating hills appear to rise from the earth and hug the coastline. The earthy smell of eucalyptus lingers in the air. Crashing waves, windswept hills, hidden coves and isolated beaches make for a truly mind blowing experience. Gravel-lined paths wind their way through high grasses, against hills peppered with spring wildflowers and teeming with wildlife, down to the jagged coastline. Late afternoon fog swims through the peaks and valleys of the hills and settles over panorama ocean views.

This wildly romantic setting could not have been a more perfect location for our bridal session’s moody, rich, berry palette. A sweet bench (perfect for two) was topped with oversized, lilac-linen pillows. Lush, garden-inspired floral arrangements sat atop layered, natural linens and paired with crystal-cut glasses and vintage silver flatware. Gorgeous, hand drawn menus and place cards featured whimsical botanical elements. A chocolate naked cake was layered with rich buttercream and fresh berries. The bride was outfitted in an ivory leavers lace dress and delicate, handmade hair accessories – a vintage, lace bridal cap and a gold, intricate floral, swarovski crystal headpiece. Pure romance.

Photography: Kent Avenue Photography | Floral Design: Loop Flowers & Event Arts | Cake: Miette | Makeup: Naomi Berg | Hair: Alicia Mancuso | Venue: Marin Headlands | Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride | Furniture: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper/Graphics: Fig & Tulip | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane, Event Rental Studio

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Marin Wedding from Briana Marie Photography and Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events

I’m a total fool when it comes to a good love story. A bride in her mother’s gown (and veil), marrying her beau in the same church her parents did so many years ago, and then dancing the night away under the same stars as her parents? Well, Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events and Fleurs de France have just such a wedding for us. Briana Marie Photography captured a day so lovely, you simply must set aside a few moments to comb through the gallery (there are even some shots of Elaine Bell Catering’s work that will make your mouth water)!

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From the planner… The August wedding of Nancy and Peter in Northern California was simply amazing. The bride and groom are both in finance in NYC, and met in a cozy Upper West Side bar on a snowy evening in December. Since then, they have traveled the world together (engaged in Paris!) and made a sweet home in New York.

Nancy’s mother has passed away, and to honor her memory Nancy and Peter decided on a destination wedding in Northern California (Marin, close to Wine Country). The couple was married in the stunning Saint Raphael Church where her parents were married many years before. The reception was held at the ranch/winery of a dear family friend, and the same place where her parents’ wedding reception took place. The ranch has a special place in California history: the stately Italianite home – where Nancy and her friends prepared for the wedding – was built by the prominent Pacheco family in 1876 and remains in the same family today (the land was part of the original Land Grant for services to the Mexican Government in the 1800s). Nancy and Peter aimed to honor the rich history of the ranch but also infuse elegance, so a grand tent was designed at the winery site. The “ballroom” was created with flooring and carpeting, more than 35,000 lights and sheer draping to welcome the 100 guests, mostly traveling from New York. Ivory tones overlaid with burgundy, wine, dark brown and gold accents incorporated the natural landscape of the property, and Fleurs de France used exquisite roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and orchids throughout the wedding festivities.

In keeping with the sentimental touches of the wedding, Nancy wore her mother’s wedding dress and veil after it was re-imagined by Sorelle Firenze (NYC) for her figure and style. Other highlights of the wedding were specially mixed Spicy Ranch Margaritas (featuring jalapeno-infused tequila, cucumber and lime), scotch and cigars around the firepit, passed cans of cheap beer and petite mozzarella sticks, croque monsieur and ice cream sandwiches at midnight. The weekend also included a nautical rehearsal dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco (during the exciting America’s Cup races!), a post-wedding bloody-mary brunch, and the groom and his groomsmen walking across the Golden Gate Bridge the morning of the wedding. Truly a Bay Area affair!

Photography: Briana Marie Photography | Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | Flowers: Fleurs de France | Catering/Bar: Elaine Bell Catering | Church: Saint Raphael Church | Reception & After-Party Location: Pacheco Ranch Winery | Hair + Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room | Detailer + Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi Email: sewheidi@earthlink.net | Cinema: Video BASICO | Cake: Perfect Endings | Equipment/Lighting/Tenting: Hartmann Studios | Music: Wine Country Entertainment (Keith Johnson’s All Stars and DJ Tony Sparks) | Transportation: Pure Luxury And Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Stationery: Dauphine Press Web | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carol Web | Favors: Socola Chocolatier | Bride’s Dress and Veil: Mother’s dress and veil, recreated for bride by Sorelle Firenze | Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s Tie: Ralph Lauren | Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Betteridge of Greenwich, CT

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Fairfax Wedding at Deer Park Villa from Minted

This lush, fall-hued wedding held among the California redwoods at Deer Park Villa is simply the definition of lovely. The couple crafted an old-world, enchanted forest feel with gorgeous flowers from Village Green Floral, a handmade burlap + lace runner and (my favorite) paper hearts cut from the pages of vintage romance novels! The gallery is overflowing with pretty pictures by Art Soul Photo-see them all here!

From the Bride… We happened upon Grandpa Joe’s Redwood Grove and knew we had found our very own enchanted forest for our wedding day. Chris and I are both old souls, so it was fitting to be married among redwoods that live to be 1,000 years old. We were married in the fall when bright, seasonal flowers and lush foliage were in full bloom. My wedding gown was all lace. I love this timeless fabric. It has an old-world feel, yet the silhouette of my gown felt fresh, modern and flowing. My dressmaker completed the look with a satin sash and a gorgeous pearl broach. I wanted to take Chris’s breath away when he saw me for the first time in my dress. I sneaked up from behind and surprised him. We both had tears in our eyes.

There were so many meaningful and heartfelt memories from the day. Chris’s grandfather had recently passed away, and Chris wore his grandfather’s cufflinks to honor his memory. In the days leading up to the wedding, we considered having them cleaned and polished. Instead, we decided to leave them tarnished and worn, just as his grandfather had left them. Chris said it made him feel closer to him, as if his grandfather had taken them off and handed them to Chris to wear. We had Chris’s wedding band custom-designed to match his grandfather’s hand-hammered, silver cuff links.Instead of traditional flower petals adorning our aisle made of burlap and lace (which I stayed up ironing in the hallway of our hotel until 2 in the morning the night before with my beloved bridesmaids), I cut out paper hearts from classic romance novels. I longed to have a bit of Jane Austen at my wedding. My mom was incredibly helpful in helping us create our enchanted forest.  She even taught herself how to use a wood-burning tool and personalized our wedding favors. We found burlap bags, filled them with wildflower seeds and hand-carved our initials onto a small round of redwood — inspiration from our save-the-dates cards.

Our favorite part of the whole evening was an elegant, candlelit dinner under the moonlight — deep in our enchanted forest. It was an unbelievable feeling to look out over our guests eating, laughing and enjoying themselves, knowing that every person was there because they loved us. I just kept saying to Chris, “Can you believe all of this is for us?” It was so special and humbling to be surrounded by the love and support of those we loved most. It honestly felt like the loveliest dream ever, and I never wanted to wake up. That moment will stay with us, in our hearts and minds, for the rest of our lives. One of our most cherished wedding guests left us a wedding wish written on a rock. It said, “Wealth is family and family is wealth.” Chris and I were thrilled to share such a magical day with family and friends.

Wedding Photography: Sarah Metz of Art Soul Photo / Wedding Venue + Catering: Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California / Floral Design: Karen Rossi of Village Green Floral / Wedding Cake: Shannon Stapel of Fat Angel Bakery / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Minted / Transportation: Sausalito Limousines / Wedding Dress: Clarissa Bridal