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Organic Provencal Editorial + Get the Look Tips!

Cross the talents of Rylee HitchnerKelly Kaufman and Joy de Vivre, and gorgeous things will happen – I promise you that. Just take this dreamy Provence-inspired shoot infused with an organic sense of elegance all along the way. Click right here for the whole parade of pretty and don’t miss Joy’s simple “Get the Look” tips waiting down below!

From Joy Proctor… This look is a tribute to the organic elegance of Provence. We chose a neutral palate of ochre, blush and pale blue hues and paired them with textures of gilded gold, antique silver and natural linen. The table was set under an old oak tree for an elegant and romantic al fresco dinner. To continue the elegance but organic look, we chose handmade paper invitations with intricate calligraphy, and placed the apricot hued cake on an weathered iron table. The bride wore a delicate gown with subtle floral accents and dainty gold jewels. Her hair and makeup were another nod to the romantic look; a loose but elegant updo, rosy cheeks and pale pink lips.

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Love the look? Recreating this organic but elegant Provencal look is simple! There are a few key elements that help set the tone.

TABLESCAPE: For the table, find a great natural linen table drape to infuse that organic texture and Provencal feel. We used La Tavola Linens “Tuscany Natural,” but any neutral linen with an organic texture will work! If you cant find one that you like, try a rustic wooden table with some character. To add that hint of elegance, choose some antique gold elements like our antique gold candlesticks to pop off of the organic and neutral linen. We did this with both the fine rimmed god glassware from the Tent Merchant, as well as the candle holders. The contrast between the gold and the neutral linen will add that unexpected pop of elegance. Soften the look with some delicate bone china. We chose a pale blue patterned china with a gold rim.

STATIONERY: Keep the stationery elegant, yet simple. To really play up the elegance of the look, while keeping the look refined, we chose a neutral ink and handmade paper for the invitations. The incredibly elegant calligraphy by The Fozzy Book added the romance without being over done. To recreate the look, keep your colors simple and hire a great calligrapher. Adding a few vintage stamps in neutral tones will add detail.

FLORALS: Don’t be afraid to go wild with greenery! Adding vines and greenery to the florals help create this lush, garden look. When choosing blooms, look for high petal count florals such as garden roses and peonies to compliment and contrast the greenery. The blush and apricot garden roses sourced and arranged by Kelly Kaufman Design were the perfect delicate touch and again played up the organic but elegant look.

BEAUTY: Play up the elegant and feminine look when choosing your bridal style. A delicate gown, with soft details and dainty gold jewelry are the perfect way to give you that understated and timeless elegance. Choose a hairstyle that is romantic and soft, like a loose updo, or some sweet waves in an elegant half up, half down look. For makeup, keep it romantic and neutral. Rosy cheeks, a pale pink lip, and romantic defined eyes. To add that extra touch, wrap your bouquet in a soft hand-dyed silk ribbon, like those by Frou Frou Chic.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Flowers: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Nicole Yamaguchi of Scootabaker | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup/Hair:: Bella Luna | Model: Brittany | Paper Goods: The Fozzy Book | Private Home: Private Home | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Ribbons: FrouFrou Chic | Styling/Design:: Joy de Vivre

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Montecito, California Wedding from Stone Crandall

Here at SMP, there’s truly nothing that touches are hearts deeper than the stories. The heart behind the pretty weddings, and the meaning tucked between every detail. So when we heard this Montecito bride held her Big Day at the same venue her late best friend once worked for, it made us love this gorgeous wedding even more. She brought on top notch vendors like Stone CrandallJames Tull and XOXO Bride to help bring her dream day to life and the gallery is waiting with so much more.

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From the Bride… I decided to share the best day of my life with SMP for one reason – my amazing vendors deserve the recognition. They were the most hard-working, caring, wonderful people and I hope many of the readers choose to use them! Adam and I met during a beach volleyball tournament in Rosarito, Mexico at a romantic little establishment called Papas and Beer. Right next to the mechanical bull, we took tequila shots, danced to George Benson, and fell for each other.

For two years Adam and I long distance dated between Santa Barbara and San Diego. During that time I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called Alopecia Areata and for the next 2 years Adam stood by me as all of the hair on my head (including my eyebrows and eyelashes) fell out. He was the most supportive, loving, amazing boyfriend I could have ever dreamed of and no matter how many times I tried to push him away, he never gave up on me or on us.

Adam proposed on a sunny, winter day in February at the Santa Barbara Mission, where we had one of our first dates. We laughed, we cried, and on a blanket under that beautiful Spanish church, decided Santa Barbara was where we wanted to get married.

In the fall of 2007, my roommate and one of my best friends, Annie, was crossing the street in Santa Barbara when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver. She was the wedding coordinator at the Montecito Country Club so having our reception there was an easy decision. As we walked across the grounds and watched the sunset after the ceremony, Adam and I knew she was smiling down on us.

Saralee Franchi from XOXO Bride is a machine. Our wedding day went so smoothly, you would think she had a team of 10 working with her. Saralee really helped pull my vision of “1920’s Spanish meets clean and modern” together, and she also recommended most of my vendors, who I loved and saved us tons of money!

Adam and my number one priority was the music. We wanted to make sure everyone danced and had as much fun as we were planning to. My good friend Micah from the band Iration sang “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison for our first dance and then the Kevin Miso Band took over, which lucky for us, is THE BEST WEDDING BAND OF ALL TIME. They went so above and beyond our expectations in every aspect – from cocktail hour to “Don’t Stop Believing” bringing the house down at the end. Seriously – hire this band!

I met Patti Joyce when I finally lost all my hair to Alopecia. She has been my mentor, my inspiration, my guardian angel, and like a mother to me ever since. She chose, custom cut, and styled the wig for me that you see in the pictures. She is amazing!! My makeup artist Romina is just that – an artist. My makeup was flawless and Romina even stayed until after the ceremony to touch up my makeup before photos at MCC.

Flowers were one of the lowest priorities on my list and boy, did Cathy Bardos change my opinion on flower power. I gave her almost no budget and she created the most stunning centerpieces I could have hoped for. I think I got more compliments on the flowers than anything else. You can truly tell she loves what she does and it shows in her work.

Jennifer from Sweet Time Desserts blew me away with how delicious and inexpensive her cakes were. The gourmet funfetti and peanut butter chocolate cakes were so good, we ran out! No cake for us on our one-year anniversary, we will be drinking the giant bottle of wine that you see in the wedding video instead.

Our videographer and photographer are geniuses. Hands down.

My one piece of advice to all of you brides out there is to make sure and take lots of deep breaths, step back, and try to take as much in as you can… the day goes by so fast and every minute is magic!

Photography: Stone Crandall | Videography: James Tull | Wedding Coordinator: Saralee Franchi - XOXO Bride | Flowers: Cathy Bardos - An Elegant Affaire | Dress: PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com | Cake: Jennifer Renshaw - Sweet Time Desserts | Invitations: Sweet Paper | Ceremony Venue: All Saints-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Montecito Country Club | Hair: Patti Joyce - Patti's Pearls | Calligraphy: Wendy Ware | Lighting: Ideal Lighting and Sound | Band: Kevin Miso Band | Bridesmaid Photos: Santa Barbara Courthouse | Dress Alterations: Lulu Gallegos | Makeup: Romina Murillo | Photo Booth : Though Box Photo Booth | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: El Paseo | Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley | Wedding Hotel: Hyatt Santa Barbara

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San Ysidro Ranch Wedding from Patrick Moyer Photography

If a bounty of bridesmaids in a pretty, neutral palette, groomsmen in pink bow ties and festivities surrounded by the beauty of San Ysidro Ranch doesn’t peak your interest then surely church pews from Found Rentals decorating the ceremony spot will do the trick. This is one incredibly good looking wedding crafted by Twine Events and Bunch Studio, with the sweetest moments to match captured by Patrick Moyer. See all that combined into one lovely gallery right here.

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You can’t go wrong at San Ysidro Ranch. The setting and atmosphere the Ranch provides is organic, timeless, and romantic. Rebecca and David wanted to play off the natural elements with a birch canopy, garden style flowers, striped and neutral linens, market lighting for dancing, and acoustic music for the day.

The couple kept it summer fresh with the wedding party attire, light grey suits and pink bow ties for the gentlemen and champagne chiffon dresses for the ladies. The couple and wedding party belonged in a magazine, effortless and gorgeous!

The best part was the couple paid homage to both of their religious backgrounds in the ceremony. The church pews to signify her Catholic upbringing and chuppa to honor the groom’s Jewish background. During the ceremony, they incorporated both traditions as well with a giving of a rose to significant family members, wine ritual, and breaking of the glass. This is what a wedding is all about, honoring and celebrating one another and your families! Rebecca and David did it perfectly.

From the Bride… David and i had mutual friends from college, but we had never met in person. I stumbled across his profile on facebook (some would call it cyberstalking), thought he was cute, and knew we had to meet. We had a lot in common. We both were living in Venice and were originally from New Jersey. Eventually, he sent me a message asking me out. I had never met anyone off the internet before so was apprehensive, but agreed to it anyway. We met in front of a bar on Abbot Kinney and walked around the neighborhood talking all night. It was not awkward at all – in fact, it was as though we’d known each other for years. And it’s has been smooth sailing ever since that night!

I have always gone up to SB on day trips since moving to Los Angeles seven years ago. Santa Barbara reminded me of Europe but with better weather and only an hour and a half away! I had always wanted a small, outdoor wedding, and my heart was set on San Ysidro Ranch. Santa Barbara was such an accessible place for all of our guests – so many diverse hotel options and such a close proximity from LA. When I first went to SYR I thought I had died and gone to heaven, but never thought I’d be able to get married there. When we figured out a way to make it happen, I was thrilled and knew it was the right place.

The whole wedding was a highlight! Everything was so meticulously smooth and the food and music were really special. I was particularly enamored with the vintage church pews, the flowers, David’s speech, and of course the great and emotionally supportive photographers. People say your wedding day is a big blur, and it definitely is. I can hardly remember small details, but i do know it was one big love fest.

Photography: Patrick Moyer | Stationery: Mr. Boddington's Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Beauty : Team Hair and Makeup | Décor Rentals: Found Rentals | Florist : Bunch Studio | Hotel: San Ysidro Ranch | Linens : La Tavola Linens | Reception Band: Wine & Roses Band | Stationary Designer: Mr. Boddington Studio | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Wedding Coordination : Twine Events

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