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Knights Ferry Engagement Session from Delbarr Moradi Photography

Okay, it’s official. This is the prettiest engagement session I’ve ever laid eyes on! This adorable couple is so super photogenic and the lighting and setting are out of control beautiful. But I guess that’s just what we’ve come to expect from the oh-so-talented Delbarr Moradi Photography. See the entire session right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride-to-Be… We carefully selected the engagement shoot site as a way to relive a very special memory of what was then a budding romance and courtship. During the first year of our relationship, we dated long-distance, and for one of our monthly special visits we ventured into a magical place called Knights Ferry. It is one of the most picturesque places we’ve ever been to; the landscape was drenched in sunlight, wildflowers, trees, grassy hills, streams of water and fresh air. We had an amazing time picnicking, discovering a special spot by the river, walking through the covered drawbridge, and … sharing our first kiss! That day was absolutely ideal, and we were a bit nervous to go back because we didn’t want to distort such a picture-perfect memory. But we couldn’t think of a better place to have our engagement shoot, so just had to go back! Once we stepped foot into the grassy fields, we were immediately welcomed by the spring air and fluttering leaves — we felt like we had never left our romantic picnic from three years past.

We chose a theme of hearts because we love what the shape represents, and we like drawing them on love notes to one another. We kept the props minimal in order to highlight the focus of the photo shoot: love! Our photographer, Delbarr Moradi, did such a great job of balancing the beauty of the landscape while still focusing on us. We aren’t sure when we’ll go back to Knights Ferry, but I’m sure the third time around will be even more magical and memorable than ever.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Location: Knights Ferry, California / Event Design: Irene Cho (The Bride-to-Be)

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Turlock Wedding at Pageo Lavender Farm by Closer to Love Photography

I really can’t think of a more romantic place to get married than on a lavender farm. That’s a venue that has romance written ALL over it. The aroma alone would send me straight to my happy place, and that’s even before setting my sights on the gorgeous scenery or the oh-so in love new Mr. & Mrs and all their carefully curated details. When you put all of that in the mix, happy place wouldn’t even begin to describe what it would be like to be a guest at this gorgeous wedding. And although we weren’t all guests, Closer to Love Photography made sure to capture this day in such a way you can almost smell the sweet lavender when poring over all the lovely! See it all here!

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From the Bride… When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted an outdoor venue for both the ceremony and reception. We live in a farm town that has many nice outdoor wedding venues and many kind families who rent out their homes and properties for such occasions. Pageo Lavender farm is, in our opinion, the most beautiful venue in our area, so it was a no-brainer picking this spot for our wedding in April! Travis always encourages and supports the artist in me, so he pretty much let me take over and do whatever I wanted. He knew that I would come up with something unique to us both. With such a beautiful venue, we knew we wanted everything pretty simple. There was no need to take away from the already gorgeous scenery all around us! The basic theme of our wedding was rustic, vintage and romantic. With the help of my mom and a couple of girlfriends, we handmade all the decor for the wedding. I wanted lots of contrasting textures, which is why I went with a burlap and lace theme decor. My friend Marisa and I spent countless hours decorating a couple hundred mason jars with burlap, twine, and vintage lace that my mom had been collecting from her aunts and grandmas over the years. We used the mason jars as vases for the floral arrangements, which were done by my cousin Natalie at Oak Park Group Floral Designs. We knew we wanted peonies and ranunculus but pretty much let her do her thing, and I cannot even explain how completely in LOVE with the flowers I was. I was blown away by how gorgeous they were and what an amazing job she did on all of the bouquets and boutonnieres. She has got some serious talent! Over the ceremony/dance floor, we had paper flowers that I made using a Martha Stewart tutorial that you can find on her website — they are cute and simple to make using ordinary lunch bags! I am obsessed with burlap, so we decided to have white linens with burlap overlays. All of the bunting for the bar and guestbook table I made myself with burlap and twine and then stenciled with white acrylic paint.

Wedding Photography: Closer to Love Photography / Wedding Venue: Pageo Lavender Farm in Turlock, California (Owned George and Patty Kaper) / Floral Design: Natalie Souza, Cousin of the Bride, of Oak Park Group Floral Designs (209-499-1428) / Wedding Decor: DIY by the Bride + Friends / Officiant: Josh Garrett, A Friend of the Groom / Wedding Cinematography: The Uncle of the Groom / Catering: A Friend of the Bride’s Aunt / Wedding Cake: A Cousin of the Bride / Dessert Bar: Friends + Family of the Couple / Dessert Bar Signage: Summer Jimenez, Cousin of the Bride, of Block Party / Linens + Cutlery: Grand Events / DJ: Bobby Sanchez, A Friend of the Couple (djbobbysanchez@hotmail.com) / Photo Booth: The Platinum Photo Booth / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Collin Stewart / Bride’s Bracelet: Charming Charlie / Bride’s Necklace: Pier 1 Imports / Bride’s Garter Set + Tulle Headband: DIY / Makeup: Elizabeth Vasconcellos of Makeup for Me (elizbethmiller@sbcglobal.net) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their Choice / Maid of Honor’s Dress (Strapless Lace Dress with Ribbon Sash): Cache / Menswear: Camara’s Clothier (209-667-9022) / Bridesmaids’ Spa Gift Certificates: The Spa of Turlock / Groomsmen’s Personalized Mug Gifts: Things Remembered

Backyard Wedding by Gia Canali, II

I happen to be a HUGE fan of backyard weddings – they have such an intimate nature to them that always gives me those warm fuzzies!  (Granted, you and your family will be left with hundreds of tiny stiletto punctures in your lawn, but what a small price to pay, wouldn’t you agree?) And although I’ve never met this featured couple, photographed by Gia Canali, I believe I’d adore them; those inflatable swans, alone, likely speak volumes of the kind of people they are!  They carry with them an important lesson about wedding planning, too; don’t be afraid to make your wedding an extension of who you are.







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I’ll let Gia Canali take it away with the oh so delightful details…

We loved the unique design touches — the chandelier in the tree in the front yard, the antique car, and the inflatable swans that floated in the pool.  The design was really simple and elegant, but didn’t take itself too seriously (I mean: how can you take yourself too seriously when you’re willing to float giant inflatable swans in the pool at your elegant backyard wedding?).

This wedding had great lighting — they planned the events of the day around natural lighting, but also lit the dining and dancing areas with clusters of paper lanterns and string lights.  Paper lanterns are actually a really good source of bright, even light (that doesn’t kill the mood!).

The very subtle color palette was especially lovely. Not every wedding needs to scream “these are my wedding colors!!!” — Though Nada’s wedding design has lots of whites, neutrals, and little bits of gold in it, there were touches of green and pink echoed in the florals and in the attendants’ attire.  The little bit of pink in Nada’s bouquet is reflected in her sister’s gown; the greens in the florals, moss, and other decor were reflected also in Paul’s friends’ ties.

Thanks, Gia, for bringing this amazing wedding to our eyes! xoxo, Alison of The Knotty Bride

Photography: Gia Canali / Venue: Bride’s parents’ home in Modesto, CA / Dress & Necklace: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s shoes: Bally / Hair: Joseph from Joseph’s Salon / Makeup: Intimo Skincare Spa / Florals: Michael from Simple Flowers / Tables & Chairs: Classic Party Rentals / Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens / Band: Hot Pocket / Chinese lanterns – Cultural Intrigue / Belly Dancers: Jodette’s Belly Dancing Acadamy, Sacramento, CA / Cake: Suzie Grover – 209-543-6777 / Overall Decor, Event Planning & Table Decor (Vases, chandelier, votives, mercury glass birds) – Lino Bella (Leila & Nada Bibi) / Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Pitts

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Backyard Wedding by Gia Canali

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been slowly introducing a few fabulous new voices to our blog with the hopes that each blogger will bring you a new and excited perspective in wedding design. Well, I’m thrilled to tell you that our latest stylista is none other than Alison of The Knotty Bride!

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Hello, everyone! My name is Alison, and I’m beyond excited – beyond – to start bringing you the pretty here on SMP.  Quick note about me: I’m a sucker for weddings in general.  Truly, I don’t discriminate – I’m an equal opportunity enjoyer.  Why, you ask? Because, while palettes, design, styling and setting can and do vary immensely, there seem to be a few things present at nearly all nuptials – there’s the chance to devote an entire day in our lives to celebrating true love, the excuse to bask in our deepest happiness, and the rare opportunity to revel in family togetherness.

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However… if I was forced to cherry pick, I’d say my favorite kind of wedding marries the chic with the unique, is classic with a healthy dose of whimsy and, above all… is an expression of who you are as individuals and as a couple.   And I do believe I have one such celebration in store for you, today!  I’m seriously swooning over this wedding, sent to me by one of my absolute favorite photographers, Gia Canali.  By employing an extremely simple palette of neutrals and naturals – plus a few perfectly placed touches of gold, to really make things pop – Nada proves that you really don’t need a whole lot of color to make your celebration shine bright, not to mention photograph PHENOMENALLY.

Here are some words from our gorgeous bride, Nada:

My parent’s home in Modesto, CA, was the perfect backdrop for our intimate, mid-September wedding.  The house is on a hill and the backyard has a pool and an acre of lush green grass bordered by a winding creek and century-old pecan trees.  With that in mind, my mother and I set out to create a feeling of drama, whimsy, and magic.  We wanted some unique design touches.  So, we “upholstered” French chairs in moss.  Guests could be photographed on these chairs as they arrived.  The florals for the reception tables were predominately green in color with pops of white.  We had mist colored table linens and mercury glass decorations to add some sparkle.

Ok, I’ve got so much more to show you from this wedding, it’s not even funny.   Just wait until you see Part II!  Here’s a hint: huge, inflatable swans are involved…

xoxo, Alison of The Knotty Bride

Photography: Gia Canali / Venue: Bride’s parents’ home in Modesto, CA / Dress & Necklace: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s shoes: Bally / Hair: Joseph from Joseph’s Salon / Makeup: Intimo Skincare Spa / Florals: Michael from Simple Flowers / Tables & Chairs: Classic Party Rentals / Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens / Band: Hot Pocket / Chinese lanterns – Cultural Intrigue / Belly Dancers: Jodette’s Belly Dancing Acadamy, Sacramento, CA / Cake: Suzie Grover – 209-543-6777 / Overall Decor, Event Planning & Table Decor (Vases, chandelier, votives, mercury glass birds) – Lino Bella (Leila & Nada Bibi) / Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Pitts

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