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How to Find That Perfect Wine Country Wedding Venue

Searching for that perfect wine country venue? We’ve got you totally covered. Because today we’re hosting a little meet ‘n’ greet with L’Relyea Events, aka, the experts at finding that seriously stunning locale of your dreams. Think a crazy cool Venue Scouting Package with a team of planners that knows everything about hosting an awesome wedding. Do yourself a favor and scroll for the deets.

Guys, we know finding “the one” – and we’re talking venue – isn’t always easy. We’ve been there done that. Which is why the Venue Scouting Package at L’Relyea Events is just. so. genius.  I’m talking an amazing day of venue tours, lunch AND wine tastings (yum), all with the help of a team of planners + designers that hosts some of the most breathtaking events you’ll ever lay your eyes upon. How does it work? First, the team at L’Relyea Events will meet with you + yours to discuss style, budget and “wish list” items, then they’ll coordinate a day of venue visits (typically 4-5) that totally fits your vision. It’s an amazing way to see just what your wedding day could be, sans the sales pitch. We are sooo on board.

Ready to find that locale of your dreams? Contact L’Relyea Events TODAY to begin the process. You’ll be meeting with some of the most talented planners in the biz AND getting a sneak peek into just what your wedding day could be with L’Relyea Events’ at the helm. It’s what we call a serious win-win.

Pacific Grove Engagement Session by Majesta Campbell Photography

Since we’re total suckers for romance around these SMP parts, we do jumps for joy when we see lovely little e-sessions full of sweet sentiments. And this shoot by Majesta Campbell Photography totally fits the bill. This adorable couple got engaged right on these same sandy shores and will say their I dos this month at a church around the corner. We love that! Click here for the rest!

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From Majesta Campbell PhotographyOn March 2nd, 2012, Brittany and Jordan accompanied me to the beautiful destination Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, California, for their engagement session.  It was a beautiful day — a lot of sunshine and a little bit of wind, and an extremely loving, beautiful couple to photograph. We had the best time photographing Brittany and Jordan, who are just so ridiculously cute. (My “SO CUTE”-ing was off the charts that day.) We were able to visit the exact spot that Jordan proposed to Brittany on the rocky coastline at Lover’s Point, which was really special to watch them reflect on the moment through my lens. This romantic little spot overlooks the Monterey coast line and happens to be right down the street from the church they’ll be married at in June. We decided to take a couple more shots down by the water, and we found a little dock right off the wharf with the Monterey harbor in the background. It was so incredible — the lighting and the views. These two are just so genuine with each other. There were many moments throughout the day where I would stop myself from saying anything because of how authentic they were in front of the camera. I’m so lucky to have photographed such a wonderful couple in love!

Photography: Majesta Campbell Photography / Location: Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, California

Monterey County Wedding by Danielle Capito Photography

The way this bride and groom transformed this barn along California’s central coast is outstanding.  They were lucky enough to have friends with such a spectacular space but wanted to add a little more to create their perfect venue.  By building a reclaimed wood wall to hang gilded frames and mirrors behind the head table, crafting an enormous chandelier with mason jars and bringing in loads of vintage pieces they were able to bring their rustic yet elegant dream to life.  Danielle Capito Photography magically captured this laid-back affair and each creatively crafted detail.  Click here to see even more!

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From the bride… Being a wedding photographer, I have seen lots and lots of weddings. I knew what I really really wanted for our wedding day, and I also knew what I didn’t want. Trevor and I decided we wanted something very pretty and classy, yet fun and laid back. I have always been drawn to that rustic, country, vintage style so I really wanted that to be the “theme” of the wedding. Our wedding was held at a private residence is San Ardo, CA. Their front lawn was the setting for the ceremony, and with the green hills in the background and beautiful landscaped yard, we really didn’t have to do much. I saw a picture of a wooden arbor in a magazine and begged Trevor and his groomsmen to recreate it for me!

The reception was held 2.5 miles up the road at one of their hay barns that we transformed into this amazing country, rustic, elegant beautiful party. It was exactly the way I had envisioned. I couldn’t breath the first time I saw it. It was absolutely magical.  As for the details of it all, we started collecting mason jars, twine, burlap, and the gold frames and mirrors that made up the back drop of the head table. Again, I had seen a picture of this in a magazine and fell in love! Trevor and I knocked down an old corral that was on the property and he and his groomsmen used the wood to create the awesome wood wall that held the frames and mirrors.

Considering the venue, we knew we didn’t want black tuxes and dress shoes. It had to be something a little bit more light, fresh, and laidback. So in came the tan suits and Sanuk walk shoes. For the girls, I have always loved the idea of bridesmaids in less formal dresses that are still cute. I loved the print on their dresses and having them add the belt tied it all together. I wanted to be more of a, it’s not perfect so it’s kinda perfect, feeling. Hence the same flower yet in 6 different colors for the bridesmaids bouquets. The girls then switched into their cowboy boots for the reception at the barn which had everyone ready to let their hair down and have a great time!

Trevor and I were very calm and cool the day of our wedding. We kept everything so laid back that we really didn’t have much to stress over. Our wedding was exactly the way we would could have ever wanted and it was so much fun. I look back on the day and just remember how happy we were. It was perfect.

Wedding Photography: Danielle Capito Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Aubrea K. Felch / Wedding Planning: Le Festin Events / Wedding Venue: Orradre Ranch / Wedding Invitations: Write This Way / Flowers: The Garden House / Rentals: Taylor Rental / DJ: DJ El Tone / Caterer: Bonnie Marie’s
/ Wedding Cake: Christine Gomes