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Rustic, Elegant Barn Wedding in Santa Cruz

I’m already completely obsessed with every single thing Jana Williams snaps up, but this rustic barn beauty takes that admiration to the next level. The images are stunning, the couple is beyond gorgeous and every detail is honestly perfection. It all makes for a gallery of images I would hang on my very own wall if I could, and you can see them all here.


From the Groom…Myriah and I both went to the same university in Santa Barbara, she played tennis and I played soccer. However, somehow our paths never crossed until we both moved to San Francisco to start our careers. We were introduced by Myriah’s sister and her then fiancé, who was a colleague of mine at the time. Once we were introduced, we immediately hit it off; we had so many things in common. Not only was this girl beautiful, but she was independent and passionate about travel and exploring the world; something near and dear to my heart. I truly believe that I began falling in love with Myriah the moment I met her.

I proposed to Myriah at our secret little picnic spot on Mount Tam (in Marin, right outside of San Francisco). This is a special place for us because this same picnic spot is where we had one of our first dates. Since that first date we regularly would go back to hike Mount Tam and have our picnics (cheese, baguettes, and a bottle of wine).

From the Bride… The vision of our wedding was a combination of rustic glamour and romantic elegance. I wanted it to feel classic and timeless. Once we selected Rancho Soquel for the venue, the colors and fabrics quickly came together. Corey had chosen a slim-fit black tuxedo, and I fell head over heels in love with my dress; a combination of peony colored lace and tulle. I found the most beautiful Amsale tulle bridesmaid dresses, which so perfectly complimented my dress. Naturally, I chose blush for Keira and black for Kelsey. This color theme influenced our choices for linens, flowers and vintage rentals.

When choosing the flowers, I wanted a subtle blend of both feminine and masculine, tying the blush and black themes together. I was craving the perfect pop of color, and I found that in the chip and dale garden rose, which complimented my lip shade (Dior Addict Extreme: Lucky). I worked closely with Laurie (the owner of Seascape Flowers), describing my vision, selecting each flower and vintage rental. I was overcome with such emotion the moment I saw my bouquet the day of my wedding. She exceeded any expectation I had; they were truly the most beautiful floral arrangements I had ever seen.

Flowers used: Cream and blush garden roses, café au’lait dahlias, white anemones, chip and dale garden roses, white ranunculus, scabiosa pods, olive and camellia leaves, privet berries, and jasmine.

When we first visited Rancho Soquel, it was love at first sight. The grounds were so serene, the colors of the landscape so lush and bold; we simply felt like we were in a secret garden oasis. That is exactly how we wanted to feel on our wedding day, and the experience we dreamed of for our family and friends celebrating with us. The estate is sprawling, incredibly private, and includes a barn, water tower, Spanish style hacienda, gazebo with a romantic bare-bulb lit dance floor, and so much more. Every time we stepped foot on the property, we were overwhelmed and left speechless with it’s beauty.

For our reception, we wanted to share our favorite things with our closest family and friends. We had an incredible guitarist playing Bossa Nova jazz during our cocktail hour. I grew up listening to that music, and Corey and I listen to it nearly every night. The signature cocktail was champagne with Saint Germain liqueur; a huge hit. We love to travel, and made sure to incorporate that theme by having guests pin us a wish to their favorite destination (on a wooden framed map). The dance floor was so beautiful and romantic, lit up with candles and bare-bulb lighting. From the ceremony to the emotional speeches, I think that everyone felt very connected, not just to us, but the other guests. It was the most loving celebration I’ve ever experienced.

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: TIM&CO Motion Pictures | Wedding Coordinator: The Wedding Connection | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: The Buttery | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Feast For A King Catering | Makeup: Raquelle Lozada | Hair: Bay Area Beautiful (Kathryn Horen) | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Ken Robins | Floral & Vintage Rentals: Seascape Flowers | Music: Santa Cruz DJ | Private Estate: Rancho Soquel

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Santa Cruz Seaside Engagement

It’s a good day at SMP when we see a little something pretty in the inbox from Brumley & Wells. And when it comes in the form of a sweet and sandy beach engagement like this one? Our crazy, big, romance-loving hearts are ready to burst with excitement. Get lost in all the soft kisses, insanely beautiful views and hand-holding here in the gallery.

From Brumley And WellsWe ventured down to Bonny Doon beach in Santa Cruz, California for this simple, timeless engagement shoot with Brandon & Grace. Their chemistry was unmatched, and we can’t wait for their wedding this fall in Sonoma.

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Venue: Bonny Doon Beach

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Since voicing my obsession with Alexandra Grecco sweet-as-can-be skirts, I’ve been dreaming up a time + place where I can wear my very own tulle number! Offering heirloom-quality pieces that are timeless with a hint of nostalgia, I’m loving them for everything from engagement photos + bridal brunches to bridesmaid attire!

Since releasing her first collection in 2010, brides have been falling head-over-heels for this collection that is inspired by designs of the past. Made in New York’s garment district, the high-quality, six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and layered for a perfect fit and have a gorgeous silk waistband! Available in two lengths (24″ and 30″), in sizes 00-12 and in a gorgeous selection of colors, Alexandra Grecco’s skirts are about as pretty as they come.

Just for our lovely readers, Alexandra Grecco‘s offering 20% off any quantity with code TWENTY. Offer valid until September 12, 2014. 

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The Prize: A lucky reader will win a gorgeous tulle skirt from Alexandra Grecco! (value $188)

To Enter: Comment on this post with how and where you’d wear your very own Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced on the main page WIUP on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Terms & Conditions:  See them all right here. Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Ivory Tulle Skirt Couple : KT Merry | Ivory Tulle Skirt Photo: Atlantic Pacific

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DIY Santa Cruz Wedding at Rancho Soquel

Can you even imagine the pressure two wedding photographers must feel when it’s time to pick the perfect person to capture their big day? Talk about a hard planning desicion. But these two talents (he’s the genius behind Patterson Films and she of Majesta Patterson) knew exactly what they were doing when they asked Evynn LeValley to capture the magic of their big day. Their DIY wedding is one you’ll want to spend some serious quality time with, and you can do so here.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Estate
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…Being wedding photographers, we’ve seen A LOT. We knew what worked, what didn’t and were able to make our wedding personal and meaningful. So when we started planning, we knew we really wanted our wedding to be an elegant but fun event that kept some tradition with crafty, organic and romantic touches. That being said, we took on a lot of projects! Once we knew where we wanted to get a married, a lush garden/country estate, I grew my list of ideas:

From chalkboard signs made from thrifted picture frames & window panes to making our apricot jam from my parents backyard; we made it all! We made the wood ceremony arbor out of trees from my parents yard and $30 worth of supplies; we thrifted an old wooden ladder to paint fun signs with directions (since the estate was large and we held different events across the property); and made all painted signs from old wood and palettes on my parents property. Yes, I wrote all the signs with a paint brush.

I made our guestbook from an antique photo album featuring all of our engagement pictures; as well as, our cake topper, table numbers and we bottled and labeled our own wine from a local winery. It really was a labor of love.

My advice to future brides: make a list and ask for help. Know what’s a priority and if you can’t handle it all, delegate! Aside from our ceremony arch and jam favors, our other BIG task was to create our table runners. I simply didn’t have time and while it was cheaper to make it in supplies, it was worth the money to pay a rental company and relive me of my stress! We ended up loving our tables with the pink runners versus my original plans.

Lastly, put your time into the decor and hire someone to bring your vision to life. While we built, painted, ordered, boxed and prepped everything, I could not have executed my vision without my wedding coordinators. They really brought my vision to life and I’m so thankful!

Our wedding came to life beautifully. Our guests loved our signature drinks, bluegrass band, amazing DJ and our perfect ceremony. It was also really important to us that we included our guests in our ceremony and we wanted them to feel special. After all, they are our most loved! We asked a close friend to marry us, made sure we took a minute to look around when we finally stood at our ceremony arch, wrote our own vows and LAUGHED, cried and just had an amazing time. Even forgetting my vows back in the bridal suite (my brother ran and got them for me), our ceremony was nothing short of perfect and it’s one of my favorite memories from our wedding.

The whole day, it was just the best. And now, we have amazing pictures and video to look remember it by!

Photography: Evynn LeValley Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Audrey Events | Florist: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Gown: Pronovias Benicarlo From Trudy's Bridal | Cake: Heathers Patisserie | Caterer: Feast For A King Catering | Makeup: Cherise Gowan | Hair Stylist: Yvette Guerriera | DJ: Paul From Big Fun Disc Jockeys | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Party Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals | Site Coordinator: The Wedding Connection | Suit Rentals: Selix Formalwear | Venue: Rancho Soquel

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Santa Cruz Redwood Winter Wedding Inspiration

The fact that this shoot was held at a real, book it tomorrow venue is beyond. Nestled right in the Redwoods of Cali, it’s seriously something out of a movie. So when Whitney Nelson Events + The Floral Shovel got their hands on it, you better believe that magic was going to happen. And with images by A Girl and a Camera, this is inspiration that will most certainly go the wedding distance. Click here for more!

Colors
Seasons
FallWinter
Settings
Woods
Styles
Rustic

From Whitney, of Whitney Nelson EventsBeing from Northern California, we are so fortunate to have such amazing venues at our fingertips. Most importantly, venues that speak to the character and love of a couple. We wanted to feature the stunning grounds at Stones and Flowers Retreat just outside of Santa Cruz, where the giant redwood trees almost wrap themselves around you, and the serene sounds of nature transport any guest from the hustle and bustle of daily life to their own private retreat.

Mixing textures such as reclaimed wood, glass, metal and leather in an eclectic yet modern way was the overall vision, and bringing a cooler color palette into play that complimented the setting and almost gave the feel of winter blossoming into spring was the ultimate goal in my mind.

I first had to find the perfect table and chairs and I was in awe when I stepped foot into The Wooden Duck in Berkeley, CA. It was my own personal, reclaimed heaven. On top of that, they had the cabinet I used as the cake table, and the amazing metal tub chairs in a wide range of colors, so I knew I could bring a little funky color splash into the guest seating by mixing silver with bright kelly green.

For the table top, I used antique silver platters of various sizes as chargers, pressed glass plates and mis-matched antique silverware. The vintage seltzer bottles, bronze deer antlers, mercury glass and squared off stemware brought in a little masculine vibe to the design that I think worked beautifully. The Aerialist Press crafted the amazing stationary and incorporated leather by creating unique embossed leather straps that I used as escort cards. Of course, no design would be complete without breathtaking florals and foliage, and we were so fortunate to work with The Floral Shovel.

From Michelle, The Floral ShovelThe florals for this shoot were inspired by the woodland location and the colors found naturally in the redwood forests of northern California. The florals featured varying shades of green from the dark green of the ferns to the almost florescent green of the protea, to the faintest hint of green in the miniature roses. 

The goal was to keep the arrangements feminine and soft to balance the wood and metals, yet keep the wild and unfussy forest inspired look. White flowering cabbage (a great alternative to traditional roses or expensive peonies) and bright green protea added drama and elegance, while moss covered twigs and various types of ferns contributed to the woodland, earthy feel. Then queen anne’s lace, poppy seed pods, and miniature light green roses provide texture and balance to the arrangements.

The organic shaped bridal bouquet was oversized and filled with bright green colors and texture for added drama. The groom’s boutonniere incorporated a deer antler to coordinate with the antlers used in the tablescape as well as the cake topper.

It was such a blast to work with everyone on this shoot, the funky rustic design came together perfectly, and it truly was due to each vendor thinking a little outside of the box and having fun! A big thank you goes to the incredibly talented Jennifer at A Girl And A Camera Photography who brought us all together, found this stunning venue and captured the amazing beauty of the day.

Photography: A Girl And A Camera Photography | Floral Design: The Floral Shovel | Wedding Dress: Haute Bride Design | Cake: Cake Coquette | Invitations: The Aerialist Press | Reception Venue: Stone And Flower | Event Planning/ Design: Whitney Nelson Events | Make Up / Hair: The MakeUp Dolls | Rentals: The Wooden Duck | Video: Life In Digital

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