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Timeless Summer Wedding at Firestone Vineyards

Vineyards are where wedding dreams are made and when you toss in a talented team that includes Pure Joy Catering, TEAM Hair and Makeup, and Miki & Sonja, well, those dreams become reality. This timeless affair, with just the right amount of rustic touches, is the perfect way to kick start this busy week ahead and I’ll be soaking up every inch of this stunning gallery for the foreseeable future.

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From The Bride… We felt the most important elements of our wedding should reflect heritage, devotion, and appreciation. We wanted there to be a sense of tradition, with honor paid to age-old customs while simultaneously creating our own. We wanted each guest to feel the warmth and appreciation we felt for them.

The locations were chosen as a reflection of our histories. Although our paths have been scattered over Boston, New York, the Midwest, and Los Angeles, we wanted our wedding to reflect our hometown roots. A number of weekend events, including sailing, a coastal road trip, and welcome dinner, took place in Santa Barbara proper, with the sparkling Pacific ocean a reflection of Matt’s roots in a small sailing town just north of Boston. The wedding was held at a vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. We were married under an old tree in a clearing between the fields and vines, which felt like a tribute to my agricultural roots in a small farm town in Indiana.

The invitation suite was a combination of beautiful design and hand-made touches. The graphic design was created by our dear and talented friend, Anelise Salvo. The invitations were finished with details like vintage stamps and hand-pressed Myrtle, which I hoped would reflect the natural beauty of California that we wanted to be a key feature of our guests’ experience.

Other details including welcome baskets, a custom map, programs, place settings, and other paper goods were handmade. It’s truly amazing what you can do with a sewing machine and a home printer. In the days leading up to the wedding my family and girlfriends trickled into Los Angeles to help finish the DIY projects late into the night over champagne. My sister turned my kitchen into a makeshift bakery, making treats for the welcome baskets. In lieu of a traditional guest book, I collected old images of lovers from different eras and had them printed for guests to leave messages on the back.

Our florist created a setting that felt like an extension of the natural beauty of the vineyards. The bouquet was tied with a collection of lace – some vintage lace collected by my mother, some new. Our incredible florist incorporated this theme in subtle detail in the mothers’ wrist corsages and boutonnieres.

The ceremony was an eclectic mix of moments to pay homage to our individual family backgrounds. Selected Beatles songs were played by a four-piece string quartet. The mother of the Groom gave a touching performance of ‘Bei Mir Bistu Shein’, a catchy 1930’s rendition of an old Yiddish song loosely meaning “To Me You Are Lovely”. A cousin of the Bride performed a solemn and moving violin solo of ‘Ashoken Farewell’ to honor and remember our passed loved ones. The Officiant was a life-long friend of Matt’s, delivering a ceremony built upon our love story and personal vows.

The ceremony was followed by a sunset cocktail hour on a garden terrace overlooking the valley and mountains. The reception was held in the winery courtyard, with gorgeous green vines climbing the walls. The entrance and first dance songs were ‘Since I Met You Baby’ and ‘Nothing Can Change This Love’ by Sam Cooke, one of the crooners in the background during much of our relationship. Toasts, delicious food, and dancing under the stars sealed our celebration of love.

Alterations: L'ezu | Bridal Suite: Canary Hotel | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | DJ: DJ Dos-a | Event Planning: Nicole Arena Of Green Ribbon Parties | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Hair And Makeup: Mar Of TEAM | Invitation Suite: Anelise Salvo Design Co. | Invitations: Anelise Salvo Design Co. | Jewelry: Ben-Amun Via BHLDN | Lace Bridal Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Letterpress: Aardvark Letterpress | Paper Goods / Decor: DIY By Bride And Bridesmaids | Photography: Miki And Sonja Photography | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Bread: Crazy Good Bread Company | String Quartet: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Veil: Handmade By Mother Of The Bride | Videography: Cloudless | Vintage Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Vintage Stamps: SeaJay Stamp & Coin | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Wedding Venue: Firestone Vineyards | Welcome Baskets: DIY By Bride And Sister Of Bride

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Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Wedding from Steve Steinhardt

Crazy love can offen be found folded throughout the weddings we post. That’s a given. But love paired with details so beautifully executed they only add to all that magic swirling around a wedding day; that’s a bit harder to find. But this Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse has it all. It’s a one-stop shop full of elegant, rustic details crafted by family and friends and images by Steve Steinhardt that showcase a perfect day; even if things didn’t go exactly according to plan. See all the beauty unfold right here as well as in the film shot by The Cana Family below.

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From the Bride…We decided to travel to one of our favorite places, the Santa Ynez Valley, to have our wedding for two reasons: First, there was no place in the world we’d rather be. The second? It was sure to be warm… especially in November when the weather is just starting to cool back home. Well, you wouldn’t know it from the pictures, but that wasn’t the case. Our wedding day was cold. Freezing, even. So much so that we had to move most of the party indoors, leaving the string lights and adorable vintage trailer we’d rented lonely outside. In fact, there were a lot of those details that didn’t go according to plan on our wedding day… but when I look back, there’s not one thing I would change.

Hearing my dad tell me how proud he was before he walked me down the aisle, seeing Mark’s face (and the tears coming down it) when I walked his way… shivering as we said our vows… and dancing the night away next to a warm fire with the best band on earth. From the sky full of stars, to each and every one of the amazing people that made the night happen, to my brand new husband who makes me feel like the luckiest girl on earth… my heart is so full of thanks. Nothing went according to plan, but what I didn’t know when I made those plans was that none of them would really matter… I married my best friend, and our day couldn’t have been more perfect.

I’m a policy analyst in DC and write and edit the blog A Thousand Threads and Mark works as a business development manager for a construction company in the small town where we live.  We met almost six years ago, before we’d embarked on any of this.  At the time, we were both working at the same restaurant in the DC suburbs.  Above all, we wanted our day to be personal… more us than anything else.  So we hired a food truck and an amazing band and had a small party with 30 of our closest friends and family.  We planned it ourselves and included as many personal touches as we could.  We chose the farmhouse partly because it was brought from the east coast to the west.  Since I’m from Oregon and Mark is from Maryland, the east/west connection felt like it represented us both perfectly.  I carried each of my late grandmothers’ rings tied to my bouquet, and we both wore bottle caps pinned to our clothes (a nod to our favorite movie, Up – Mark was an eagle scout, so we have so many reasons to love it).  We gave everyone a welcome bag full of goodies from Oregon, Maryland, and California, and my aunt arranged our flowers with the help of my mother and a long time friend of the family.  Everyone really came out to help and make our day amazing… I can’t say how thankful I am for all of them.

Photographer: Steve Steinhardt | Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Videographer: The Cana Family | Day of Coordinator: Cori Lassahn, Avante Events | Cakes + Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: O Street Food Truck | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting + Heating: Discount Party Rental | Calligraphy: Mara of Neither Snow | Hair+ Makeup: Mar with TEAM Hair and Makeup | Band: Moonsville Collective | Floral: DIY, with help from the bride’s aunt | Growlers: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. | Dress: Ivy & Aster | Shoes: Kate Spade | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey

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Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Wedding from Aaron Delesie

Whenever a wedding truly reflects not only the couple but the venue surrounding that happy celebration, it makes the wedding festivities all the more beautiful. Taking the feel and essence of Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse and infusing the details with that same natural, rustic beauty is exactly what Kelly Oshiro did and the result is pure perfection. That perfection includes eclectic conversation spots out in the field, a layer of the prettiest pastel blooms and imagery by Aaron Delesie that we could stare at all live long day. Do all the staring your heart desires right here in the full gallery as well as with the film by Living Cinema below.

Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Wedding Film from Living Cinema on Vimeo.

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From Kelly Oshiro: When I met with Kristen she knew she wanted things to feel appropriately rustic for the site. At the same time, she wanted her more elegant style incorporated as well. There would be a focus on contrasting textures like rustic antlers mixed in with blooms like peonies and garden roses, leather cord with fine letterpress menus, nailhead trim over burlap…For the ceremony, Tim, the groom, built their amazing arbor and rustic wood boxes which we filled with blooms. A custom walkway was built and stained so that the bride and bridesmaids could get safely down the aisle. For the reception, I did 5 different table looks, variations on the theme of an elegant Colorado lodge. Blooms in cream, bloom, peach and green were arranged in mercury glass containers, mixed with stone and glass. Layers of tree stumps added height to the arrangements and added a rustic touch. My favorite thing we did was the rather elaborate lounge using a mix of Found Furniture and Tricia Fountaine’s props. I wanted the lounge to feel like a series of rooms, from the dining room (where the cheese “cake” was setup and an china cabinet was filled with Kristen’s family’s heirloom cowboy china), and then the living room, with a “fireplace” and antler chandelier and finally, the parlor, for late night apertifs. Scattered throughout were family photos and photos of Tim & Kristen during their courtship. Finally, I used Town & Country’s candle walls to define the end of the “rooms” while still keeping the spectacular view of the rollings hills.

From: Laura Gresham…To achieve the ‘rustic elegance’ that Kristen and Tim wanted for their wedding and reception, we first set the tone with a suite of custom letterpressed ‘Save the Date’ cards, invitations, menu cards and seating cards, utilizing their initials within a faux bois, adding authentic wood veneer as liner for the invitation envelopes (a nod to Tim, a general contractor.) Each one of the pieces featured a blind embossed motif of the Farmhouse – gable, lantern, or barn. With the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse positioned majestically in the center, we created four distinct areas around it flowing into one another for the ceremony, reception, dinner, and dancing/after party. The mountains (and ocean in the distance) provided a natural backdrop for the ceremony, which took place under an arbor built by Tim. He hand carved their initials and date into the arbor, which they now enjoy as a focal point in their back yard at home. Following the ceremony, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by Duo Events (in collaboration with Kristen and Tim, accomplished cooks who love to entertain) were served on the bluff overlooking the sunset. Pashminas and comfy slippers were offered in antique carts. Then as the moon rose, the glow of crystal chandeliers strung above the candle-laden, farmhouse-style dinner tables beckoned guests to dinner, where Duo served multiple courses of exceptional cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients.

Close inspection revealed that their wedding ‘cake’ was created for these cheese connoisseurs using rounds of their favorite cheeses.  Dancing and the after party featured comfortable lounge vignettes, an antler chandelier hung over a ‘fireplace’, and expansive bar seating by the dance floor, along with a dessert buffet including fruit, chocolates, and fresh, hot donuts. Breathtaking and distinctive floral designs by Kelly Oshiro, family photos, candles, antiques, and personal mementos of the bride and groom were abundant throughout.  Kristen and Tim were a dream to work with! They had a clear, unified vision from the start and shared all the decisions. Their goals were for the day to be fun, the details to be very personal, and for the experience to be reflective of what they value most – family, friends, exceptional food and wine, and an appreciation of handcrafted items. Their lovely wedding and reception mirrored their generous and joyful personalities!

Photography: Aaron Delesie | Event Planner: Laura Gresham Events (562.756.7500, laura@gresham.com) | Floral + Event Design: Kelly Oshiro Design | Ceremony + Reception Location: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Catering: Duo Events | Lighting and Sound: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals + {found} vintage rentals + Tricia Fountaine Prop Rentals | Cinematography: Living Cinema | Invitations + Menu Cards: Copper Willow | Linens: La Tavola | Plant Rentals: Gazebo Plant Rentals | Ceremony + Reception String Quartet: West Coast Music | Dinner + Dancing Music: Music by Bonnie | Shuttle Service: Roadrunner Shuttle | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

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Santa Ynez Gainey Vineyard Wedding from Christine Farah Photography

For two cuties who spend their fair share of time wine tasting and sun soaking in the Santa Ynez Valley, it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would say “I do” in the very spot they spent so many fabulous weekends.  Also a foregone conclusion?  Their wedding would totally blow their guests away with beautiful florals from Passion Flowers Design, a sweet rustic vibe and personal touches that were so them. (Read: finger food desserts and Texas brewed beer.)  Christine Farah Photography snapped up every moment and it’s a love-fest that can’t be missed.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Scott and I envisioned our big day in a place that was naturally beautiful but had some style, and where we felt relaxed. Since moving to California together (back to California for Scott, first time for me), we’ve enjoyed weekend getaways wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley. Gainey had been our favorite spot to visit and once we booked it as our wedding venue, the rest fell into place. We went with the rustic chic theme the location naturally provided and were extremely lucky to have amazing vendors. From the jug of sangria and Texas-brewed beer to the finger-food dessert feast, each of our vendors was able to accommodate our unique requests. We also had fun taking on some of the details ourselves! Scott’s mom and dad made their famous jam for the place cards/giveaways and many friends and family volunteered to get crafty with signage and other details.

Much of the style inspiration came from wedding blogs (SMP!) and simply our favorite things. Because this was a destination wedding for most (I’m from Dallas and Scott is from northern California) we wanted to ensure we not only hosted an amazing wedding reception, but that we had other events for guests throughout the weekend. We kicked off the weekend with an al fresco welcome party full of margaritas and Mexican fare at a local Santa Ynez restaurant. Then, after the wedding reception we packed into shuttles and headed down the street to the local dive bar/saloon for beers and two-stepping.

A couple of our favorite memories are standing together during the ceremony taking a moment to look at all of the lovely people supporting us and at the end of the reception when all guests were on the dance floor chanting ‘one more song’ to entice our unbelievable band for a final jam. Overall, the weekend and especially the wedding were better than either of us could have envisioned or imagined. The number one reason we were so elated was because all of our VIPs were together and excited to share in our joy and love.

Wedding Photography: Christine Farah Photography | Wedding Venue + Catering: Gainey Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California | Wedding Coordinator: Sophie Spier from Amazing Days Events | Floral Design: Laura Cogan from Passion Flowers Design | Wedding Cake: Amber Vander Vliet from Enjoy Cupcakes | Band: Jordan Music Entertainment | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Ashley from Luna Bella Makeup Art

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Los Olivos Wedding by Michael + Anna Costa Photographers

Michael + Anna Costa might need to enter the SMP Hall of Fame. The weddings that they send us are pinned, favorited and commented on like crazy with brides and grooms that are always madly in love, flowers that scream romance and a photographic style that is all together kind of delicious. So when we spotted this beauty, we knew we had to have it. Something about the pretty pinks all in a row and the jaw droppingly gorgeous Los Olivios backdrop had us at hello. Throw in the photographs that Michael + Anna snapped…and well, you have the definition of wedding perfection. Click here to see even more.

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And on top of all those gorgeous photos, there’s this amazing music video-themed film from Rock & Roll Hearts for you to enjoy…

From the bride… Brandon and I met five years ago through a setup by a mutual friend. I was living in San Francisco at the time but planning to re-locate to San Diego, where Brandon was currently living. We instantly hit it off and, because to the distance, we were able to develop a wonderful friendship over the phone for the first few months of dating. Upon moving to San Diego, our relationship grew even through two moves, including one to a new state for both of us: Arizona. When planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to have our wedding at a winery, not only because wineries offer such beautiful scenery and landscape, but because we both very much enjoy wine and wine tasting trips. With Brandon’s family and friends from Southern California and mine from Northern California, the Santa Ynez Valley and Firestone Winery offered us a central spot to host our big day. Firestone Winery has the most amazing vineyard mesa with an enormous oak tree that provided the perfect backdrop for a sunset wedding. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. While the early evening breezes did sweep my veil away a few times, it made for some wonderful photos and some laughs that eased wedding nerves!

While planning the wedding from Arizona did prove to be logistically challenging at times (flying into LA with a 1.5 hour rental car drive north to Santa Barbara), I was privileged to work with best-in-class vendors, including Michael and Anna Costa Photographers, Jessica Kuipers at Bijoux Events, Juniper Presence at Juniper Flowers, Matt Odom at Rock and Roll Hearts, Pure Joy Catering and Enjoy Cupcakes, among others. Their professionalism allowed us to truly enjoy the day stress-free. I can say without question that was the best day of my life — I married my best friend in the most beautiful setting.

Wedding Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photographers / Wedding Venue: Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos, California / Firestone Events Contact: Rachel Korrey (R4orrey@Firestonewine.com) / Flowers: Juniper Presence of Juniper Floral Designs / Planner: Jessica Kuipers of Bijoux Events / Catering: Pure Joy Catering / Cake + Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / DJ: Morgan William of AMS Entertainment / Transportation: EOS Transportation / Lighting: LBPS Lighting / Cinematography: Matt Odom of Rock & Roll Hearts / Hair + Makeup: LunaBella Makeup and Hair / Officiant: Rev. Barbara Laughray / Bridal Suite: Hotel Corque Wedding Gown + Sash: Jim Hjelm via Destiny’s Bride / Bride’s Belt Brooch: 2007musarra / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm

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