Brent and Christine’s wedding is essentially what we like to describe as total wedding goals. For their California celebration is sun-kissed, sentiemntal, and totally sure to surprise. Captured by the effortlessly talented Jen Rodriguez Photography we’ve got every bit of the beauty to share and you’re invited to witness it all in The Vault!
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From the Groom… Christine has this mesmerizing energy that even after 9 years of knowing her still makes my heart skip a beat when she walks into a room and we lock eyes. Marrying your best friend is a blessing I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience.
From the Bride… Our relationship is unique because it evolved over nine years. A college flirtation that grew into a friendship after graduation, evolved into a romance 8 years later. The foundation of our relationship was built while we were best friends and I think that’s what has made our relationship so strong and so special to us both. In our case “sometimes everything you’re looking for is standing right in front of” rings true! We met one night at a college party. Brent threw out a cheesy pick up line, and though the line didn’t work a playful flirtation began that would continue over the years as our friendship evolved.
We met at Cal Poly so San Luis Obispo holds a very special place in both our hearts. We are still close with many of our mutual Cal Poly friends so it was an obvious place to reunite everyone and share our special day. We wanted the wedding to play on the natural beauty of the central coast. We stuck to a neutral color palette and incorporated local signature touches such as wine barrels for cocktail tables and a wood palette for our guest “book”. I lost my breath when I reached the aisle and locked eyes with Brent. I was so anxious to see him that the beauty of the ceremony and the emotion of finally having him so close hit me all at a once. I tried hard to stay composed but in that moment the tears welled and all of my emotions washed over me; my florist and planner had captured my vision perfectly and seeing the man of my dreams amidst it all is a moment I will cherish forever.
Enjoy every moment of your special day; from the moments with your bridesmaids before the ceremony to dancing with your husband at the reception. Brent and I promised each other once we were pronounced husband and wife we wouldn’t let go of each other’s hand the rest of the evening, and we didn’t. People will try to pull you in every which direction for side chats, photos, etc. And it’s easy to lose sight of one another amongst the guests. We wanted every moment of that day to be spent with one another, so we grabbed a hold of one another’s hand at the altar and never let go. Wherever one of us went that evening the other followed, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I can truly say the entire reception we spent embraced in one another’s arms. Take a moment during the reception to step back, smile and just hold each other close while watching loved ones dance the night away. Capture that moment in your mind. I can still remember standing with Brent on the side of the dance floor, smiling at one another, Brent planting a kiss on my forehead, and us gazing out onto the dance floor watching friends and family dance amongst one another. It is one of my favorite moments from my special day.
Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Danae Grace Events | Floral Design: Precious and Blooming Floral Design | Catering : Pacific Harvest Catering | Hair + Makeup: The Queens Bees | Lighting : Kramer Events | DJ: SOS Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Higuera Ranch | Desserts: Paper Cake Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photobooth: Kramer Events | Rentals: All About Events | Rentals : Central Coast Tent & Party | Specialty Rentals : Scout Rental Co.
In case you’re curious what my dream boho chic wedding would look like…this is it. I’m talking unique floral design moments, Ikat printed tables linens, and one dreamy chandelier effortlessly hanging from the trees. Of course, no day like this comes together without the help of wedding pros like Lovelyfest along with our girl Jen Rodriguez behind the camera. Happy Frid-YAY indeed.
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From the bride, Ali… I do not have the words to accurately describe the feeling that I had on my wedding day. There were so many emotions throughout the day from nervousness, excitement, joy and obviously love. I was so nervous getting ready with my mom and bridesmaids, that I didn’t even know what to do, but when we arrived to the venue that afternoon I was truly speechless. We arrived to my dream wedding. I don’t even know how it happened because I knew I didn’t do a phenomenal job of expressing what my vision was, but it was like our designers/coordinators got inside of my head to design the most beautiful and personal space I have ever seen.
From the flowers, to the signage, the linens, and decor, I was speechless, it was actually the first time I cried all day! I would highly recommend hiring a designer/coordinator at least for the day of your wedding, not only are they pros in coordinating dreamy weddings, but they make your life so much easier and allow you to enjoy your day without a single worry (my mom also swears that because of their knowledge and expertise, they saved us money!).
My advice for new brides is to have fun! We had a BBQ the Thursday before for our wedding party to get to know each other, so by the wedding day they were already best buds and having a great time! My husband and I also took the time to write our own vows which I’d also recommend. Remember, the reason you are having your wedding is to promise forever to your husband/wife, so why not make them personal! This also gives your wedding guests the responsibility of holding you accountable on your vows/promises! Enjoy your wedding, I’m confident it will be your best day ever!
Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Cinematography: Steelhead Cinema | Event Design: Lovelyfest | Floral Design: Precious and Blooming Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Christina Bonnett | Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair + Makeup: The Queens Bees | DJ: Kramer Events | Transportation : SLO Safe Ride | Wedding venue: La Cuesta Ranch | Beer Truck: Central Coast brewing | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Mini Donuts: Sugar Lips Mini's | Photobooth: Kramer Events | Rentals: All About Events
If you’re lucky enough to live in the picturesque Edna Valley Hills in San Luis Obispo, deciding to have an at-home wedding is an easy decision. Working with Le Festin Events and Lori Boe Floral, this sweet Bride and Groom transformed her childhood home into the classic, romantic wedding of their dreams in shades of gold, pink and fuchsia. And, Mirelle Carmichael captured all the pretty for us in The Vault!
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From The Bride…Ryan and I met our freshman year of school in the dorms of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Seven years later, Ryan asked me to marry him a few months before we moved to Portland, Oregon for Ryan’s medical schooling. Ryan and I are hopeless romantics and we wanted to have wedding that reflected that. The gold, pink, and fuchsia decor set the tone for our classic, romantic theme. Our wedding was special to us because it took place at my childhood home in the Edna Valley Hills in San Luis Obispo, where Ryan and I went the first night we met. Ryan and I loved watching our guests enjoying the wedding together in celebration of our love. The view from the house was breathtaking and the weather was perfect for dancing. It was a magical day for the both of us.
Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Event Planning: Le Festin Events | Floral Design: Lori Boe Floral Design | Wedding Dress: jinwang | Cake: Madonna Inn | Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair + Makeup: The Queens Bees | Officiant: Olive Tree Officiating | Transportation: Crown Limousines | Venue: At Home | DJ + Lighting: Kramer Events | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals