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Elegant San Clemente Estate Wedding

I’m not really sure where to begin with this slice of pretty. It is literally packed with so much goodness. A few (or maybe five) notables, rapid fire? The Bride’s two pairs of pink shoes, her gorge Romona Keveza dress, the insane private estate: Il Palazzo Mansion, the golden details and the first dance serenaded by the Bride’s very own sister. It’s dreamy to say the least and Onelove Photography snapped it all up here.

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Summer
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Estate
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Glamorous

From the beautiful Bride…Like most girls, my wedding day was something I had dreamed about my entire life. But never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined “our” wedding day. After nearly eight years together, I finally walked down the aisle towards the love of my life and my best friend. I was 20 years old when I met Aaron (he was 28), and I knew the moment I met him that, in every sense of the word, I would grow old with him one day.

Aaron proposed when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve has always been an important day to my family and I, as it is also my parents’ wedding anniversary, and it made it that much more special that not only will we continue to celebrate the love that my parents still have for one another, but now the day that he and I became engaged!

When it came to planning our wedding, we immediately began to look at private estates. We knew we wanted the day to be intimate and private. Il Palazzo was the first venue that we looked at. I knew from the pictures online that it was exactly what we were looking for, and when we finally walked through the front doors of that home, we were absolutely blown away. My favorite part, by far, was the 36-foot tall ceilings and crystal chandeliers hanging from nearly every room’s ceiling throughout. I knew we would never find anything else like it. The estate truly is as magnificent as it is grand. The 36,000 square foot estate sits on a hilltop overlooking the ocean on nearly two acres. It’s unbelievable to think that we didn’t even monopolize half of the home the day of our wedding!

Once we secured the venue, finding the perfect dress came just as easily. I knew from the getgo that I wanted my wedding dress to have sleeves. I’ve always been inspired by iconic brides in history — from Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton — and I couldn’t have found a more perfect dress than the Romona Keveza gown that I walked down the aisle in. It was the first wedding dress that I tried on, and I knew from the moment I took one look at those beautiful lace sleeves that that was MY wedding dress.

Aaron and I knew that we wanted to do our wedding big and beautiful and glamorous. It was our wedding day, and we wanted to do it big! We wanted it to have that black-tie affair feel, but also to come across very simple and soft at the same time. We kept it soft with the ivory, dove gray, and blush tones. We incorporated hints of gold in our smallest details, like the skeleton key bottle opener place card holders and tiny table details.

Getting ready with all my girls was one of the best parts of the day. Our venue had a beautiful bridal suite with light lavender walls and white furniture. It was there that 7 of my best friends, my sister (and maid of honor), and my mom, got ready on the day of the wedding. It was such a relaxed and fun environment. We laughed and played music and danced. One of my best friends (and bridesmaid) Mattison, did my hair (and pretty much everyone else’s) the day of the wedding. It was so much fun, because it felt like just another day with the girls.

Although it would be so hard to pick my favorite moment of the day, nothing stands out more to me than my little sister, Jamie, singing the song for my and Aaron’s first dance. Hearing my sister belt out “At Last” by Etta James as Aaron and I danced our first dance as husband and wife was the most magical moment of my life. The way her beautiful voice echoed throughout that house had everyone in tears. I will never, ever forget that moment.

We couldn’t have found a more perfect person to photograph our wedding. Sara from onelove photography was a dream come true! The moment I stumbled upon her website, I could not stop looking at all the weddings she had photographed. Sara captured the essence of our day and of who we are as a couple perfectly. Aaron and I love nothing more than to laugh with one another, and the happiness we felt that day is so obvious in every image. We smiled all day long, and it was a day full of love, joy, and so much laughter. It really was the happiest day of our lives.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Videographer: MarmoFilms | Wedding Coordinator: Sanya Mitrovic | Floral Design: Tustin Florist | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Jason's Catered Events | Calligraphy: PBCalligraphy | DJ: All The Rave Entertainment | Bride & Groom's Wedding Bands: Isabella's Fine Jewelry | Bride's Earrings: Tahari | Bride's Hair: Mattison Perron, Hush Hush Hair Salon | Bride's Reception Dress: Love Found True | Bride's Reception Shoes: Sam Edelman | Cake & Pastries: Pacific Patisserie | Day Of Paper Goods: Marrygrams | Makeup: Angles And Arches | Mirror Seating Chart: Bee Curious Designs | PRIVATE ESTATE: IL PALAZZO MANSION | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Ring Bearer Box: The Paper Walrus

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Romantic Hillside Wedding in San Clemente

Gather ’round, SMPers, because we’re about to dive head first into a sea of watercolor goodness like you’ve never seen before. From the stationery and design by The Romance Between, to the flawless coordination by LVL Weddings & Events, to the drool-worthy florals from Fleuretica, it’s layer upon layer of quiet hillside romance, and Kurt Boomer beautifully told the story from start to finish.

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Spring
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Golf Club
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Elegant

From the Bride…Jason and I wanted our wedding to be romantic, intimate and fun. In a sense, we really wanted to whisk our guests away from their busy lives and simply allow them to enjoy good food amongst great company. We must have researched hundreds of venues but we had an instant connection with Bella Collina and the quaint city of San Clemente. Mixing the natural beauty of the venue and collaborating with Euri from Fleuretica, our vision resulted in an array of gorgeous spring colors nestled in a Tuscany-like hillside.

The Romance Between, an event design, planning and paper goods company founded by one of my bridesmaids and I, is slated to launch in January 2015. The company was birthed while designing, lettering and creating things for the wedding. A test trial so to speak. From the welcome baskets, the invitations, calligraphy on the invitations, dessert bar, menu, place cards and the welcome signage, it was all a beautiful process. We incorporated watercolor and brush calligraphy into the invitation suite and tied it with Froufrou Chic’s organic ribbons to emanate romance. I can confidently say that a paper goods vendor has the capability to create the entire mood of a wedding. It essentially is the first “gift” guests receive prior to attending the wedding and I am so ecstatic that we were able to find utter joy in doing our own.

We were incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing vendors. The wedding day was a lot windier than we had imagined but Kurt captured the wedding flawlessly. He used the wind to deliver some of the most ethereal images we’ve ever seen. Euri and her team from Fleuretica created the arch of my dreams and even waited around until the end of the ceremony to ensure that the arch stayed intact through the wind. Kelly and her team from Kelly Zhang Makeup made me and my girls feel beautiful and comfortable in our own skin. Arielle from LVL Events guided us with all of the logistics of the day and did it flawlessly. Allen and Young from Shine Entertainment made our guests laugh and cry all at the same time. Karen, Executive Chef Paul and the team at Bella Collina offered us food and service that our family and friends still rave about to this day. And last but not least, Greg and his team from Fiske Film rolled their cameras all day long to ensure our perfect day was recorded on film. We are so grateful to have found these vendors and thank them daily for allowing our vision to come alive through their talents.

It was an absolutely perfect night and a perfect start to our life together.

Photography: Kurt Boomer Photography | Cinematography: Fiske Film | Event Design: The Romance Between | Floral Design: Fleuretica | Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shop | Hair And Makeup: Kelly Zhang Makeup Team | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Ocdamia Strings | Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Desserts: Sweet & Saucy | Korean Paebaek Ceremony: Angel Catering | Location: Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club | Paper Goods: The Romance Between | Wedding Ceremony + Reception Dress: Custom Design By Kara Wedding

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Beachy Engagement Shoot in San Clemente, California

This beachy e-session has that effortlessly cool Cali vibe I for one totally envy. Capturing not only the couple’s charm, but their killer style, Rod Foster Photography takes us on a west coast adventure through the quaint SoCal town of San Clemente. Styled by Vanessa Ebel, from the streets to the shore, this shoot is definitely worth a visit to the gallery.


From Rod Foster PhotographySummer’s not over yet and we have an engagement shoot to celebrate the warm lingering days of sun that we are all still enjoying!

Many shoots are all about the bride which is lovely… But this engagement shoot was driven by the groom, literally, in a super cool vintage truck. Fate intervened about a year ago when Tayren modeled for a Petals and Stones photo shoot, where she met the talented and super sweet stylist Vanessa of Beauty and Grace! Vanessa was so impressed by Tayren that she could not wait to introduce her to her friend Jon! Her matchmaking skills didn’t disappoint and it wasn’t long before the couple fell for each other! They have been brightening each others days ever since!

This engagement shoot is full of beautiful images of these two soaking up the sun and strolling around the quaint Southern California town they call home. Jon & Tayren ended their date with a romantic yet casual picnic, some awesome floral accents, a sparkly gift, a surprise love note and a beautiful beach sunset!

Photography: Rod Foster Photography | Florist: Starla Bork | Caterer: Caitlin Vartanian | Hair And Makeup: Katie Vollmer | Calligraphy: Mon Voir | Bridal Accessories: Petals & Stones | Photography - Assistance: David Linder | Venue: California Beach City | Wardrobe Styling: Vanessa Ebel