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Romantic Spring Wedding at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

For anyone who doubts fate, I dare you to reconsider after hearing this love story. These cuties found each other online, yet discovered they lived in the same apartment building, and worked only two blocks apart; they were destined to meet. And meet they did, and fall in love, and celebrate with a family-focused, colorful bash, with Joshua Aull and Taylor Films capturing it all. Read their story and see every pretty pic in our Vault right this way!


From the Bride… For two years before we met, Will and I unknowingly lived in the same apartment building in Arlington, Virginia. Our offices in downtown Washington, D.C. were right around the corner from each other. Every day, we were separated by just two blocks, and every night, we were separated by just two floors. We had no idea how close we were to each other – until we met on There was an incredible spark from the start and it’s been an amazing, fun-filled journey ever since.

Will and I got married in San Diego in the church I grew up attending. The reception was at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, right across the street from where I went to elementary school. We were married by Father Joseph Shea, the same priest who married my parents 35 years before – on the same weekend.

Our florist Kasia from Plenty of Petals helped us create a beautiful romantic setting. I loved our loose bouquets, and the pastel blooms with pops of color and bright foliage. My bridesmaids wore soft blush dresses, which was perfect with all of the greenery from the golf club and the Rancho Valencia where we got ready for the big day. We had a beautiful three-tiered cake with a cake topper that was passed down from my grandparents and my aunt and uncle. Will and I made sure to have a box of to-go cake in the backseat of our get-away car!

The dance floor was packed from the end of the mother-son song to the very end of the night, even after the late night sliders and fries came out and the ice cream bar was unveiled. Everyone chanted “One more song!” to The Heroes (our amazing wedding band!) at the end of the night because no one wanted the night to end. Especially us. It was the best day of our lives.

Photography: Joshua Aull Photography | Videography: Taylor Films | Event Coordination: To La Lune Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Ceremony Venue: Church Of Nativity | Reception Venue: Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club | Band: The Heroes | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Hair And Make-up: Lovestruck Makeup Artistry

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

Cinematography: Marmalade Sky Films


Rancho Santa Fe Wedding by Anika London

A wedding that kicks things off with a Bride and Groom jumping on the bed is sure to be a wildly good time. Josh and Ariel of Anika London captured this Rancho Santa Fe beauty from bed jumping start to sparkler finish and we are thoroughly enjoying each and every second. It’s romance wrapped up in a gorgeous DIY details and a sea of lovely blooms by Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals and you can see every last magnificent inch of it here.

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From the Bride…As soon as that ring was on my finger (and maybe a teensy bit before), I developed a minor obsession with wedding blogs. I spent countless hours at work home gathering inspiration, and it was probably one of the best decisions I made during the planning process. After a couple months of blog stalking, I had a collection of inspiration photos that were helpful in conveying our ideas to our wedding team. Thankfully, our venue was so beautiful that it didn’t need a lot of decoration, which allowed us to focus our budget on areas that were more important to us (like our amazing photography).

For our centerpieces, my mother and I collected approximately 90 white bud vases, and grouped them on top of squares of navy blue lace fabric that my mother-in-law sewed for us. Probably my favorite detail was our DIY flower pot escort cards/favors. The flowers were made of seeded paper that guests were encouraged to take home and plant to keep our love “growing.” We displayed wedding photos from our parents (both married almost 40 years!) and our siblings’ weddings on our guest poster table. I absolutely loved it.

To us, our wedding was all about creating a new family while recognizing the family and friends that made us who we are. In the end, it really didn’t matter what our decorations looked like. The overwhelming love and support we felt from our family, friends, and each other was the only thing on our minds.

Wedding Coordinator: Lynn Altbaum of Pure Planning / Ceremony + Reception Location: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe / Wedding Photography: Josh and Ariel of Anika London / Wedding Videography: Darryl Yee of Epic Affair / Ceremony + Reception Music: Promotion Entertainment / Furniture Rentals: Concepts Event Design / Floral Design: Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals / Wedding Cake: VG Donut and Bakery / Churro Cart: Churros El Tigre / Officiant: Tie the Knot Socal, Pastor Kreig Gammelgard / Hair: Kelly Trojnar / Make-up: Rita Nguyen