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Black Tie Secret Garden Wedding

Just in case you needed any more reason to love Jose Villa, let me introduce you to this next real wedding. It’s the love story of two high-school sweethearts who celebrated their forever with a formal garden party brought to life by Pacific Event Production and Classic Weddings & Events. Of course, there were no shortage of shut-the-front-door floral moments with Kathy Wright & Co behind the stems, and you can see even more tucked inside The Vault.

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From the Bride… High school sweethearts Sydney Maren Weinger and Chase Griffin Overlie tied the knot on June 7, 2014 in an evening black-tie ceremony in Rancho Santa Fe. From the moment they were engaged, Sydney and Chase knew they wanted their wedding to feel as intimate and warm as possible so they couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting than Sydney’s parent’s home. The lush greenery surrounding the home and antique feel of the property led Sydney and Chase to their wedding concept- an Edwardian Secret Garden Soiree; a concept that was carried out through the bountiful white florals and greenery, pewter accents and romantic candlelight. Pops of dusty jade hues were intertwined with the metal and cream palette giving each décor element a soft and dreamy feel. Every detail of the day was a reflection of the couple and their families. Many of the flower vessels were actually horse racing trophies her grandparents had won throughout their lifetime.

When guests checked into their hotels they were greeted with a welcome box carefully crafted by the incredible gifting company (and dear friends of the bride and groom), A Signature Welcome. The ceremony took place around the fountain which was filled with abundant ivory hydrangea flowers. Guests sat on wooden bistro chairs with flowers draped on each chair during the ceremony as they held paper parasols to block out the California sunshine. A string quartet played Hans Zimmer’s “Maestro,” as the bride walked down the aisle with her father and the the couple was married underneath a peony and ivy covered chuppah.

After the ceremony, guests went on to the reception through the house and onto the lawn for cocktails and h’or douvres. Each bar was embellished with garlands and the cocktail menu was calligraphed with white paint onto an oversized mirror. The reception was held on the tennis court, which had been tented and adorned with French chandeliers, lush green garlands with roses, and imported hedges and trees draping over guests as they dined. Guests sipped on chai bourbon cocktails and serrano jalepeno margaritas as they danced the night away to the James Gang. As a party favor, each guest received a box of handmade salted caramels from Sydney & Chase’s favorite restaurant, Pamplemousse Grille.

At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited their reception to all 250 guests holding oversized sparklers as they hopped into a 1929 Durant to head to the after party at Rancho Valencia. The incredible team of vendors along with the hard work and creativity of the bride’s mother and the support of the bride and groom’s family and friends led to a truly magical and unforgettable evening that the newlyweds and their loved ones will cherish forever.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Stephen Alberts Wedding Films | Event Design: Pacific Event Production | Event Planning: Classic Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Kathy Wright & Co | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Scribbles Ink | Rings: Bissell & Blaise | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Pamplemousse Grille | Makeup: Sheila Nellis & Team | Hair: Lux Beauty Bar | Calligraphy: Ink & Honey | Band: James Gang | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Rabbi Ian Adler | String Quartet: Rinaldi Strings | Venue: At Home | Bride's Accessories: Chanel | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Monogram Design: Allison R. Banks | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Welcome Boxes: A Signature Welcome

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Spring Al Fresco Wedding in Rancho Santa Fe

When wedding planner Tory of Smith + James became a bride herself, she didn’t waste any time and booked the vendors of her dreams – Jose VillaAmorologyFlowerwild and The FlashDance, just to name a few. And while fires spreading through the San Diego area threatened to cancel the festivities altogether, the Big Day went off without a hitch thanks to a dose of luck and one incredibly committed vendor crew. Peek through The Vault, and you’ll see how a potential crisis was (beautifully) averted.

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Al Fresco

From the beautiful Bride, Tory of Smith + JamesI had a really specific vision for my wedding. As a planner myself, I absolutely LOVE details, but it was important to me not to make it feel too forced or fussy. I wanted it ooze romance and cool… but also make it feel like us. We decided to combine lots of leather and lots of flowers to create our own very elegant but still barefoot-in-the-grass sort of vibe.

I’m still so in love with my gown. When I tried it on for the first time, I just knew. The lace is so delicate and I thought the dress was really different yet still classically beautiful.

Jose Villa was the first vendor we booked. I’ve always loved his work but I had no idea what an incredibly kind and humble human being he would be. I absolutely hate having my photo taken so this was the most dreaded aspect of the wedding for me. He made us feel so comfortable and made everything so easy. His photographs are our most treasured (new) family heirloom.

My favorite part of the whole planning process was definitely meeting my all-time favorite human Amber Moon and working with her on our invitation suite. I wanted our invites to be romantic, a little dark and stormy with a rock-n-roll/Andy Warhol vibe. I even asked for a custom rorschach test (that ink blot test used in psychology!) as part of the invite suite. With all my crazy requests, she absolutely nailed it. We had so much fun going totally overboard with leather wraps and toggles and ties. It was a blast.

Kate Holt of Flowerwild is such an incredible lady and her creativity is endless. She really helped make a lot of things come together at the last minute and I can’t thank her enough. She totally understood my vision. The way she tied all the ribbons into that tree for our ceremony was breathtaking. She’s another member of my vendor team that I’m keeping forever.

We hired Heather Balliet of Amorology to plan the wedding, knowing her reputation for paying attention to the details. I’m so glad we had her on our team. She really was more than a wedding planner, she became a friend when I needed help with wedding politics.

The week of our wedding was totally crazy. There were huge arson fires burning through San Diego and much of the city was evacuated. People thought we were going to cancel the wedding. Our venue was evacuated on Wednesday and then my parents home was evacuated on Thursday about two hours before they were meant to host a Welcome Barbecue for out-of-town guests. My mom just grabbed her dress and shoes for the wedding day and my dad’s tux and ran out the door. Bless that woman. Luckily, everything in that area calmed down by Saturday.

I think my favorite part of the wedding day was that everything externally was so stressful for everyone with all the fires and yet Blake and I were so calm. It didn’t stress us out at all. We just wanted to get married. We were so happy to have everyone there. Our only concern was with the people losing their homes in the fires.

With that said, all of our vendors went above and beyond to create this wedding, some of whom were evacuated from their homes while creating our wedding day. No joke.

I think my favorite detail was our guestbook/cake table, which had tons of candles with matches so guests could light a candle and make a wish for us on our wedding day. It kind of went with the unintentional “fire” vibe of that whole week and I remember looking over there thinking that table was all lit up with our friends and family’s encouraging thoughts for us. It was so optimistic.

I know flower crowns are on their way out but I just love ’em. Anywhere I can put flowers, I will and if that means bridesmaids hair, so be it.

For our favors, we gave our guests our secret weapons: macarons from Bottega Louie in Los Angeles. On the favor tags it read “We enjoy these on good days (and require them on bad days!) So, on our best day, we’d love to share these treats with you. -Tory and Blake” People really got a kick out of those since it was so personal to us. I also ate probably 50 macarons the day after my wedding! No regrets.

I also have to add that Gary Ames, our DJ, was a total rockstar. It was such a rad dance party and everyone still reminds us of that.

The best advice I can give to brides-to be is to think of the guest experience first and foremost. When planning our day, we went out of our way to make sure guests would feel included, loved on, taken care of, etc. I never wanted my guests to feel like they were being shuffled around or excluded from something, even if that meant sacrificing something I really wanted. It paid off. So much of the feedback on our wedding is about the way the event felt and the overall vibe. Everyone really felt the love and that is truly the best feedback we could get!

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Shark Pig | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Amy Michelson | Cake: Hey There Cupcake | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Linda Moulios | DJ: The FlashDance | Favors: Bottega Louie | Venue: The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe | Henna: Henna San Diego | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: Amigo Booth | Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals - Stemware: Casa De Perrin | Tabletop Rentals: Flowerwild

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Classic Summer Rancho Valencia Wedding

Leave it to the ladies at Amorology to take this bride’s vision of an “indoor/outdoor English garden-style wedding set against Spanish ranch architecture” and bring it perfectly to life. Along with stunning blooms by Oak & The Owl , they wove in lots of playful nods to the couple’s story – including where they first met at happy hour. Lots more in The Vault from the lens of Carmen Santorelli!

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Al Fresco

From The Bride…Ours was a classic love story of boy meets girl at Rock Bottom…Brewery in San Diego. We met at an after work happy hour and immediately hit it off. Our personality types were very opposite – Jason is an unfettered extrovert while I very much cherish my quiet time, my alone time, and my “me time” — yet we also had so much in common! I even cancelled my plans for that very evening to spend more time getting to know him. We were both living in San Diego at the time with no plans to move anytime soon.

Flash forward 4 years and we were both living and working in San Francisco when I was invited to have lunch with a childhood friend who also lived in SF. There was limited parking close to our chosen venue so she suggested we meet at her place and walk through the Palace of Fine Arts, a San Francisco landmark with beautifully landscaped grounds. As she and I walked down the path I noticed a sign that read “Amber, please have a seat” sitting next to a lone chair. As I sat, Jason came from where he was hiding behind a tree, playing Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend” on his guitar, knelt down, and proposed…cue my friends and family cheering from where they were watching nearby!

One week later (yep, just one week… I was excited!) and we were planning our wedding. Since we had met and fell in love in San Diego (and because the weather is kind of spectacular) we decided it was the perfect place to start our lives together. I scoured the web and magazines for the perfect planner in that area, and that’s when I came across Heather and the Amorology team. I fell in love with a wedding they had created and knew I needed to work with them!

Flash forward again and, a year and a few months later our wedding day had finally arrived. Thanks to our wedding planners, Amorology, it was a perfect day/night. I was adamant that I wanted the convenience of a hotel wedding without a cookie-cutter package. I waxed poetic about the merits of an indoor/outdoor English garden style wedding set against Spanish ranch architecture, and as crazy as that sounds they made the dream a beautiful reality (thanks for existing Rancho Valencia! And Erica, we heart you!)

Everything was customized by Amorology in a palette of creams, copper, and lunar grey with touches of brass and accents of wood. From the free standing beer bar with working taps aptly called “Rock Bottom”, to the moon cutout backdrop built from reclaimed wood that was a nod to a story about a boy and the moon that my mom told me as a little girl. Calligraphy place cards alluding to the moon sat at each place setting atop tin ceiling tiles that doubled as chargers.

They brought in actual church pews for the outdoor ceremony and to play to our love of ice cream we had vintage ice scream scoops to serve as table markers as well as lovely take home favors for our guests. Simply everything was carefully designed to make it feel special and unique to us. The Amorology team and the right, level headed fiance combined to keep me on track so that we ultimately got to experience the most perfect day of our lives!

And while we’re giving props to those that helped us out, we also wanted to say thanks and throw a shout out to Generation Tux for introducing tuxedo rentals to the 21st century, getting my wonderful husband, his groomsmen, and his father looking so sharp, so conveniently, on the big day!

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Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Wedding Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Susie Cakes | Invitations: Lovely Paper Things | Hair And Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Matt Phipps | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Backdrops: Backup Backdrops | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Trent Hancock | Chair Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Gelato Bar: Bottega Italiana | Lounge & Tables & Ceremony Structure & Pew Bench Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven

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