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Northern California Wedding by Delbarr Moradi Photography

Have you ever seen a more ethereal bride than this next gorgeous creature?  She looks absolutely angelic!  A great feat on your wedding day as many married folks can attest to!  Maybe it was the magnificent estate and grounds where this Northern California wedding took place that set the tone for this exquisite affair.  The serenity is enhanced by the romantic photography from Delbarr Moradi Photography.  Run to the full gallery if you want to see more from this cool, calm Autumn wedding!

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David and I knew we wanted the wedding to be an intimate yet simple event for our close friends and family members. To bring out that intimacy, we envisioned to have everyone gather at a homey location close by, with a beautiful view for our guests to enjoy as well as spacious and intriguing grounds for the little ones to play on. Remarkably, not too far from home, we stumbled upon a venue that satisfied all our needs. With the majestic décor of a Victorian house and vastly diverse grounds, the Rengstorff Estate presented a character that we were not able to find elsewhere. More importantly, the openness of the venue allowed us to be creative! We brought out the richness of fall with vibrant autumn colors and pumpkin centerpieces.  We also brought out the “starlight” with many hanging lights and lanterns.

Our photographers, Delbarr and her husband, were so warm and friendly; it was easy for me and David to display our adoration for each other. During our shoot, we even ventured off into the tall grass and leaf piles to explore the grounds beyond the estate. Watching us closely, our little flower girls did not hesitate to join in on the amusement.

Our vendors were all a great help and they constantly expressed their heartfelt excitement for me and David. Our flowers were done by a kind, friendly and accommodating lady, Sophia, who captured the richness of our theme with orange calla lilies and dark berries. More importantly, our biggest thanks go out to our friends who contributed their time and effort to set up and transform the site into a beautiful wedding. I don’t know how we could have pulled it off without them. The contribution and the blessings from all our guests made the wedding everything we could ask for and an experience that we will never forget.

Wedding Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rengstorff House / Wedding Cake: Bijan Bakery / Cake Toppers: Red Light Studio / Flowers: Flowers by Sophia / Chopsticks: Hanson Ellis / Pumpkin Centerpieces: La Rose / Rentals: Danny Thomas /Dress: Group USA / Make up + Hair: Michelle from Salon Finesse / Hair Accessory: Yacanna / Jewelry: Na Hoku / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jessica McClintock / Grooms suit: Versace / Grooms tie: Louis Vuitton

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From Inspiration to Reality: The Design, III

My favorite part of these inspiration shoots is knowing that the ideas that look so beautiful in the photographs, are actually REAL steal-able inspirations that you can incorporate into your own wedding. Even if you can’t set up pretty picnic tables outside, you can still collect vintage vases and fill them with pretty Spring hues. Even if you aren’t sure if the sun will be shining on your big day, you can still bring in elements you love and use them in unconventional ways to make your day even brighter. Thank you so much to Beth Helmstetter, Steve Steinhardt, Laura Hooper, Holly Flora and ALL of the vendors involved for inspiring us to no end…

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

From Beth Helmstetter Some DIY elements from the shoot included the lace overlay which was literally purchased directly from the fabric store, cut by the store clerk and thrown on the table. A material that beautiful didn’t need anything else to distract from it’s natural look and feel. While, Holly has an incredible ability to make flowers that have taken hours upon hours look incredibly effortless, don’t be intimidated to try to arrange a collection of your favorite vessels filled with simply cut flowers. I don’t advocate any bride working on her wedding day, but it could be a great project for your bridesmaid’s luncheon or any other entertaining you do in the future. Lastly, if you aren’t afraid of a handcrafted look, give a hand at baking. By putting what would appear to be common desserts into beautiful tea cups or on top of lovely trays, you can really make something so basic look delicious.

While, I hope it would be easy to see that anyone could recreate a simple style like this one on almost any budget, overall, what I would encourage most to the brides out there is to really take inventory of what they already own, love, can’t get enough of, etc. and find a way to incorporate it into their day. Start collecting vases and vessels that inspire you or prints that you love from the local fabric store. Take the thought of “Does this go with the other vase I bought?” right out of your little mind and just literally collect what you love. No limitations. For us, the brand spankin’ new lace that I couldn’t get enough of paired with stationery that felt more like an introduction to a lady’s tea party than a wedding, got my wheels a spinning. For you, it might be a favorite wallpaper or postcard you once received from a traveling friend. No matter what, trust your self and your sense of style and don’t dismiss any elements that draw you in when you are starting to design your big day.

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Designer: Beth Helmstetter / Florals, Rentals & Venue: Holly Flora / Photographer: Steve Steinhardt / Stationery: Laura Hooper / Custom Linens / Homemade Desserts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier / Shoes, accessories and men’s attire: J. Crew / Bridesmaid’s dress: Vintage / Hair & Makeup Stylists: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaid Model: Nina Fehren with Wilhelmina Models

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From Inspiration to Reality: The Design II

I hope that you guys have fallen as in love with our Inspiration Shoots as I have and are able to see the incredible ideas for your own wedding tucked inside each and every detail. Going into this shoot, I knew that it was going to be amazing. With Beth Helmstetter at the wheel, Laura Hooper doing her thing with the incredible paper goods, Holly Flora crafting the stems, Steve Steinhardt on photography, and Mariana’s inspiration board…it was a no brainer. But I’m not sure I knew JUST how gorgeous it would be…

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

From Beth Helmstetter…Working with raw wood tables, is always a treat of mine, but given the rustic trend that had made them all the rage, I wanted them to feel somewhat fresh but also still special enough for an intimate spring wedding dinner. We choose Alencon lace as an overlay and accented the tables with press vintage glass vessels effortlessly arranged with the season’s best florals in shades that remind me of the springtime. Pops of yellows and greens donned everything from the stationery to the china and we added just a couple of hanging lanterns to add a bit of interest but not so much that they take away from the pureness of the dinner table.

The dessert display was heavily inspired by an old refrigerator Holly had collected months ago. I had been dying to find a use for it and filling it with spring inspired desserts like citrus tarts and lemon sorbet felt just right. We were further inspired by the venue when we decided to moss the refrigerator just a bit to make it appear as if it had been there for years and it had almost started to become part of the land. Sweet touches of fresh lemons in the egg shelf of the refrigerator softened and completed the overall look.

The models were all so lovely. From touches like a floral head band for the bridesmaid to the hemp that was wrapped around the bouquet of happy peonies, the overall look we were going for was both approachable and charming.

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Designer: Beth Helmstetter / Florals, Rentals & Venue: Holly Flora / Photographer: Steve Steinhardt / Stationery: Laura Hooper / Custom Linens / Homemade Desserts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier / Shoes, accessories and men’s attire: J. Crew / Bridesmaid’s dress: Vintage / Hair & Makeup Stylists: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaid Model: Nina Fehren with Wilhelmina Models

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