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This Spanish-Inspired Wedding Editorial is Straight Out of a Dream

This inspiration session from Stephanie Ponce Photography is the very definition of pretty. The Claire Pettibone x Trumpet & Horn engagement ring. TheYolan Cris lace wedding dress. The gilded invitations from Seniman Calligraphy. The florals from Carla Kayes Floral Design. And all the pretty details from Just Wenderful. In short, we’re in love, and after one glance in The Vault, you will be, too.


From Stephanie Ponce PhotographyThe long drive into Rancho Valencia Resort is lined with lush, green vegetation. This theme is present throughout all forty-five secluded acres, covering the grounds with bougainvillea’s, oversized succulents, palm, olive and citrus trees, and Mediterranean architecture. The resort boasts forty-nine luxurious guest casitas, and a honeymoon suite, that is pretty much to die for. This year it was named one of the finest Five-Star hotels in the world by “Forbes Travel Guide” after the completion of a $30 million dollar renovation.

Couples can choose the hold a smaller intimate ceremony on the Sunrise Terrace, or have a larger, grand wedding on the lush croquet lawn. The Sunrise Terrace is framed with a beautiful pergola supported by terra cotta pillars. It also has a wonderful lounge area surrounded by a cozy fireplace and Spanish blue tiles. The croquet lawn is extensively lined with bougainvillea’s and olive trees that make for the most stunning backdrop! The Terrace Ballroom is where many couples opt to hold their reception. One side is lined with french doors that lead to a patio, and provide gorgeous natural light. On the other side the ballroom are creamy, white pillars, each wrapped in white leather, hammered with metal grommets in creating a stunning visual pattern.

For this wedding inspiration we chose to have a Spanish feel with a color palette of blush pink, light blue and gold. Blush is so popular lately but you don’t see it with blue often so I really wanted to pair those two and be unique. I wanted an elegant feel and I think with the details we put together that we nailed it. The whole gallery has such timeless and elegant feel that was only made possible by the amazing teams of vendors.

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Photography: Stephanie Ponce | Event Planning: Just Wenderful | Floral Design: Carla Kayes Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Yolan Cris | Cake: Laura Marie's | Invitations: Seniman Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Bridal Boutique: Elle Bridal Boutique | Hanger: BHLDN | Jewelry + Hair Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Modeling Agency: Becca Lane | Models: Becca Lane | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Ring Designer: Trumpet & Horn | Veil: Olivia

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See Why This California Wedding is a Treasure Trove of Pretty

From the magnifying glass escort cards to the kid’s table treasure chest place setting, this “You Are My Treasure-” themed wedding may be the most elegantly executed wedding theme ever thanks to Amorology. And the story behind it is even better (read it below). See how it all came together with gorgeous photos from Josh Elliot Photography and Aqua Vivus in The Vault!

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From AmorologyWhen we asked our beautiful couple what they love most about one another, Erin quickly replied that she loves how Jason would do anything for her. She continued by sharing a story that touched our hearts and inspired what would later become woven throughout the details of her wedding day. After a long summer day spent at the beach together and returning home, Erin realized the ring she wore, that was her grandmother’s wedding band, was no longer on her finger. Her grandparents were married for 50 years before her grandmother passed away and the ring was left as a gift to Erin, so it had incredible sentimental value to her. With tears streaming down her face, Jason swore he’d find the ring. He went back to the beach that evening, even hired a self-proclaimed “treasure hunter” and scoured the sands until Erin’s grandmother’s ring was found. Returning that evening with a bouquet of beautiful flowers in one hand and the ring in another, he obtained what seemed the impossible and reminded Erin just how lucky she was to have a man like Jason in her life.

Their story of love and commitment to one another inspired us to create a day for these two beautiful souls that reflected not only the strength of love they have but also the treasure that they have found in one another. For their color palette we turned to classic romantic tones of blush, bone, and natural greens, with gold elements throughout. Lovely Paper Things created an invitation suite that not only incorporated these lovely hues, but also introduced guests to our sweet couple’s story.

The wedding took place outdoors on a beautiful March day at Rancho Valencia. Guests were greeted by a swoon-worthy backdrop that read “You Are My Treasure” in romantic, swirls of calligraphy and was adorned with delicate chains in gold and copper. Below the backdrop, we displayed an eclectic mix of antique magnifying glasses we had gathered and tied with pretty paper names and table numbers that would double as favors. As a nod to Jason’s searching on the beach that summer, guests were invited to seek and find their seats! Corresponding large magnifying glasses numbered in gold vinyl served as the table numbers.

Oak and the Owl brought our color palette to life with her lush floral arrangements full of sweet peonies, anemones, garden roses, and greenery that paired beautifully with mixed metals and soft blush runners that cascaded across the tables. Romantic lounge spaces were set up throughout the reception space complete with vintage furniture and rugs. Even the little ones weren’t forgotten as they sat on piles of large pillows in only the prettiest varieties of fabric at their table. A wooden chest was placed on each setting with golden chocolate coins inside and hidden pictures for them to color!

Following a grand entrance and first dance with our new couple under raining confetti canons, guests sipped on Berried Treasure drinks and enjoyed a delicious dinner! To help Erin and Jason treasure the years, guests also visited our anniversary table and left written words of advice and love that were dedicated to the year the envelope was labeled with and that would be opened upon each milestone anniversary.

Our bride and groom spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away under the stars and proved once again that where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.

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Photography: Josh Elliott | Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions | Event Planning + Design: Amorology | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Stationery: Lovely Paper Things | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Makeup: Swell Beauty | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Backdrop Rentals: Backup Backdrops | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Farm Tables And More | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven

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This Stunning Rancho Valencia Wedding is Seriously Dripping in Romance

Not every meet cute is a “love at first sight” kind of story.  In fact, sometimes it can be the exact opposite. And for these two cuties, what started as a dislike of each other in high school turned into a meant-to-be relationship that all culminated in one of the prettiest weddings ever.  Think beautiful blooms from Organic Elements, a breathtaking Rancho Valencia setting and one gorgeous moment after another captured brilliantly by heidi-o-photo.  Head to THE VAULT for so much more.

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From the Bride… How did we meet, well, it wasn’t love at first sight! Ricky and I met in high school and had mutual friends. At some point in our lives we ended up just not liking each other very much. I was loud and crazy and he was a mellow surfer who thought I was a bit to much to handle. Over the years we kept running into each other to the point where one day we decided to give our friendship a try. From that moment on we never turned back. On our five year anniversary we tied the knot!

On my 21st first birthday Ricky took me wine tasting at South Coast Winery in Temecula, CA. While walking through the orange groves he stopped and said “I need to tie my shoe” I made a comment saying “ha, it looks like your going to propose.”  To my surprise he pulls a little black box from his sock and from that second on I nearly blacked out. I don’t know what he said, all I knew is that i was screaming “YES!”

How did we pick our venue? This is going to sound crazy, but the first thing I asked when I arrived to view Rancho Valencia was “Can I see your carpet in your ballroom”. I needed to get married somewhere that has nice carpet… strange, right? Once the carpet had my approval (because let me say their ballroom is gorgeous), I took the time to look at everything else the venue had to offer. There was just not one thing wrong with this place! We loved how beautiful and peaceful it was. We loved all the greenery. We loved the service. We just knew we had to have a special day there!

We wanted something timeless and clean. We both wanted to mix our styles together. I love the softness of ivory roses and greenery and he loved the idea of having masculine touches like wood. So we sat down with Susanne, our wedding planner, and she brought our ideas to life! We loved the soft flower details, romantic votive candles that she incorporated with wood accents. It was just perfect!

The most special part was praying and asking God to be the center of our marriage, because we know that we cant do it without Him. Our first act as a married couple was taking the first communion to remind us of what Jesus did for us.

My favorite vendors were Heidi & Kevin, my photographers, and Susanne my wedding planner. They both did an exceptional job. Our photos turned out amazing and they both captured REAL moments that I will cherish for a lifetime. Susanne really captured our vision and made it come to life. Without them my day wouldn’t have been so amazing!

Our most vivid memory was simply the love! Since it was an intimate family and closest friends wedding it was so nice to feel the genuine love and support from everyone. I loved my father daughter dance. My dad and I just kept hugging each other and crying the entire time.

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Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair: Call Me Beautiful | DJ: Mobile Music Plus | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Coordination + Design: Crown Weddings | Glassware: Cheri's Vintage Table

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