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Get Your Daily Dose of Sunshine From this Colorful Editorial

Sure it may be raining outside, but this sunny little inspo? It’s all the forecast you’ll need. Complete with saturated hues of radiant yellow, Jen Rodriguez captured it all to share and let me tell you – it’s nothing short of spring perfection. Busting with bright punchy colors and one chic couple, we’ve got it all waiting for you to soak up via The Vault

From Jen RodriguezI wanted to style and photograph an editorial shoot, based off of all of the gorgeous colors and tones that you think of when you envision spring, and combine it with that cheerful and warm feeling that you have while soaking up the sunshine. Our starting point for this shoot was that gorgeous sunshine yellow skirt that I stumbled upon. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect! From there, I felt that a few thoughtful details would make a world of difference in crafting a session that would feel unique and special. My go to in the detail department is always hands down going to be, flowers! I wanted to bring in bright and beautiful colors that could hold their own next to that lovely sunshine yellow hue. April Flowers is a genius when it comes to creating beautiful bouquets that don’t shy away from color or textures. This bouquet is more than I could have dreamed! It was sunny springtime perfection in flower form!!! We could have stopped there, but I thought one more detail to really drive home that carefree feeling of spring would be ideal. I came across the most lovely blue vintage bike from Embellish Vintage Rentals and I knew our search was over. The charming bike, with a basket filled with fresh flowers, was the perfect finishing touch to our Cheerful Springtime shoot.

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Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Floral Design: April Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Jagged Salon And Spa | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Higuera Ranch | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Vintage Bike: Embellish | Yellow Skirt + Crop Top: Forever 21

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Calling All Foodies: Watch What Happens When a Chef Gets Married

Alessandra + Zach’s might be the sweetest couple, ever. For starters? They’ve known each other since they were 12! So, you can only imagine that their wedding day was filled with history, love, and of course delicious bites c/o the Groom’s profession. All in all it’s a day worth sharing and thanks to Jenny Smith & Co. we’ve got it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… We didn’t really have any preconceived idea of what we wanted our wedding to look like. We’ve been together for so long and have known each other since we were 12 years old and as a result are incredibly lucky to have a close knit group of friends and family who love each other – and love to have a good time with good food! Having an epic, yet relaxed, party with incredible food with our closest friends + family was the only priority. We wanted to celebrate our love with the people who helped shape and support us as individuals and as a couple over the many years of our relationship. Our wedding was as much a celebration of our commitment to one another as it was a recognition of the love and support we’ve received from our family + friends throughout the years.

We reached out to our friends in the food world to help us craft the perfect day. Zach’s culinary mentor, first-boss and dear friend, Neal Fraiser, was at the helm at the kitchen that evening. He roasted a whole pig and grilled whole salmon, which we served family style at long tables. We had our incredible friend and renowned pastry chef, Sherry Yard, making our spectacular cake. She went above and beyond with a gorgeous tiered cake that was adorned in creamy blooms that stopped us in our tracks when we saw it lit up in the middle of the reception.

My favorite moment was the ceremony itself – and our vows. We were married by our best friend Joey. We all went to highschool together and have known each other for over 20 years at this point. It was such an intimate moment and it really felt like no one else was there at certain parts. We wrote our own vows and it was incredible to see how similar our vows ended up being despite having no idea what the other would say. We incorporated some jewish elements to our wedding as well. In our ‘traditional’ vows we added in a hebrew saying: I am my beloved’s and my beloved’s is mine. This is a phrase that is incorporated in many traditional jewish weddings, but it held a super special significance to Ali as her grandmother had the phrase in hebrew on a gold pendant growing up and it was a special phrase her grandparents would say to one another. Growing up she always admired their love, devotion and dedication to one another – it was a must to add in to the ceremony.

I loved my gown. It had a lace cap sleeves and an open back by Israeli designer Berta. The cake was by our dear, dear friend and pastry chef Sherry Yard. When Sherry Yard offers to make your wedding cake, you don’t ask any questions and let her do her thing. She asked for pictures of the venue, florals and my dress and she made this epically gorgeous carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. She also made chocolate ganache cake with caramel and peanut butter layers, it’s the same cake she had surprised Zach with on his 26th birthday. We are lucky to have such talented and generous friends who were excited to help us achieve our modern, relaxed-yet elegant-vision.

Go with the flow and be in the moment. It will be all too easy to get caught up in last minute floral fiascos or tardy bridesmaids. At the end of the day you are marrying your best friend and anything else is a bonus.

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Photography: Jenny Smith & Co | Cinematography: Amanda Madeline Studios | Event Planning: Danae Grace Events | Floral Design: April Flowers | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Cake: Helms Bakery District | Invitations: Black Ink | Catering: Neal Frasier | Makeup: Peggy Wright | Hair: Adam Campbell | DJ: Treble Town Productions | Officiant: Joey | Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Beverage Services: Sidecar Cocktail SLO | Lighting + Draping: Islay Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Jenny Smith & Co | Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney | Rentals: Taylor Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party

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Inspiration Every Boho Bride Needs to See

I usually gravitate towards the classic camp when it comes to wedding design, but this shoot from Danielle PoffDanae Grace EventsWilder Floral Co., and so many more has me wholeheartedly reconsidering. They intertwined boho and modern design for a shoot any wedding lover would adore, and I’m officially never leaving the gallery.

From Danae Grace EventsInspired by the modern and bohemian Palm Springs flair, we wanted to create a more garden style approach with some refined elements. Using the Pantone Colors of the year as our base color palette we did incorporated more bold tones with the ferns and bougainvillea to brighten up the overall look. We still wanted to use some bohemian elements to pull it all together and the dreamcatchers by Dream Catchers LLC were a perfect touch! We used them as place cards and as the escort display numbers which we hope inspires other brides to consider using them!

If You Gave A Girl A Saw is an up and coming incredible wood worker who created the stunning escort display backdrop. Borrowed Blu aways has the most beautiful pieces and the marble chargers, southwestern plates, flatware and goblets were perfect and tied everything together.

All of the vendors who collaborated did such a beautiful job capturing our vision and we hope this inspires brides who love soft tones but to pull in some pops of colors and out of the box elements.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Floral Design: Wilder Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Invitations: Brightroom Studio | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy: Rosey Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Weddington Way | Venue: Biddle Ranch Vineyard | Bridal Boutique: Moondance Bridal | Design + Coordination: Danae Grace Events | Desserts: Paper Cake Events | Dreamcatchers: Dreamkeepers LLC | Escort Card Backdrop: If You Give A Girl A Saw | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Rentals: All About Events | Tableware: borrowed BLU

P.S. Even more boho inspiration!

Brides Who Rocked Boho Chic on the Big Day
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Brides Who Rocked Boho Chic on the Big Day
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