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Intimate Sunstone Villa Wedding

The lovely Stephanie and I were chatting, and we’ve come to the conclusion (especially after seeing this gem prettied up by TOAST Santa Barbara!) that we absolutely must come up with an excuse to visit Sunstone Winery. It’s impeccably gorgeous. And it just so happened to be the change of course destination this beautiful couple chose after their first venue was sadly flooded. Captured by Khanh Hogland and Made U Look, this day is filled to the brim, darlings. Filled with pretty.

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From the Groom (yes, the Groom!)…After a perfect proposal on the beaches of Mexico, we thought we had found our wedding site in Lyons, Colorado. Weeks later, a historic flood washed through the area and completely demolished our wedding venue. We took this as a sign and decided to completely change our idea of our perfect wedding from a large wedding to an intimate, destination wedding at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez, California.

Emily’s first walk down the aisle was on the airplane from Denver to LAX, where she walked down the airplane aisle from row 5 to 24 with a pile of brightly colored trash as her bouquet, accompanied by family singing “here comes the bride.” Our 8 total wedding guests shared laughter (the kind that makes your stomach hurt) that would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

We arrived to Sunstone Villa and were immediately struck by the breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez mountains and the romantic ambiance. The Villa is built from imported limestone from a small village in France, and wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria. The Tuscan-inspired Villa boasts 8,500 square feet of luxury living space on the winery’s 55 acre estate. After settling into our new wedding getaway, we had a tasting at the winery and enjoyed the final product of the perfectly manicured vineyards surrounding the Villa.

On our wedding day, we awoke to the beautiful misty landscape of the Santa Ynez valley and hummingbirds peering through the window. For breakfast, Emily’s Mom made her famous Dutch pancakes. Our Event Planner Kim from “Toast Santa Barbara”, began setting up the ceremony and floral designs. We saw them setting up our Chuppah with Birchwood entangled in elegant peony and rose bouquets settled under a massive tree. The vintage lace Chuppah cover was made from Ben’s Grandma’s beautiful wedding veil, the same Chuppah cover Ben’s sister and brother-in-law were married under one month earlier. We knew the beginnings of the most beautiful wedding site we had ever seen was in full swing. The sun started to set as Emily walked down the aisle from the Villa to the Chuppah to the music of Chris Fossek playing acoustic guitar. Emily was very close with her ”nana,” who did not live to see her get married, but she was certainly there in spirit. We were reminded of this by Emily’s gorgeous wedding bouquet, which had a small picture of Emily’s nana pinned to it. We’re sure her nana was smiling with Emily when she walked down the aisle. Suffice it to say this was a much different scene than the airplane aisle walk! Our Ketubah, created by “Ink with Intent,” encompassed a blend between the outdoors of Colorado and Oregon. Chelsea, Ben’s sister, officiated our wedding with an amazing ceremony script and unique ring ceremony where each family member individually held our wedding rings and mentioned one thing they hoped for in our marriage.

We’re very grateful for making the choice to have an intimate ceremony and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a perfect day and we’ll remember it forever as we do our best to live by the words of our vows as we share the rest of our days together.

Photography: Khanh Hogland | Cinematography: Made U Look | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks's Briana From Emma & Grace Bridal | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Caterer: California Wood Fired Catering | Calligraphy: Janice Blair | Groom's Attire: Bar III | Design, Coordination And Floral: TOAST Santa Barbara | Guitarist: Chris Fossek | Ketubah: Ink With Intent | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery

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Soft + Romantic Summer Winery Wedding

Every now and then a wedding comes along that nearly leaves me without words. I’m talking those weddings that push the envelope of pretty and make me thank my lucky stars to be a part of this little ol’ blog. But sure enough, when it’s vendors like Joy ProctorCamellia Floral DesignsAria Studios and KT Merry behind the scenes, events like that just naturally unfold. The story starts with this duo’s gorgeous engagement and ends in the full wedding gallery waiting right here.

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From the Bride… James and I are both very close to our families, so when searching for a location we envisioned a venue where we could celebrate the coming together of our two families. When we first set foot on the grounds of Sunstone Villa, we knew it was absolutely perfect for us! Not only were the Villa and surrounding vineyards utterly breathtaking, but our families were also able to stay with us at the Villa through the weekend. Looking back now, we realized that our families being together in the days leading up to our wedding was just as precious as our actual wedding day. We could not have imagined a more perfect location!

James and I wanted our wedding to be simple, timeless and romantic, yet also full of fun and warmth. We wanted our decor elements to be very personal and selected items we knew we’d eventually display in our home. We made several trips to our local antique faire searching for vintage trays, frames and containers. Our favorite find was the large antique gold frame we used as our escort card display. When we first found the frame, it was in desperate need of a little TLC. After a couple visits to the hardware store and through some trial and error, James and I were able to bring the frame back to life! The fact that we pulled an all-nighter restoring the frame made displaying it so much more meaningful. We also spent months collecting candles, votives and hurricanes and placed them all over the Villa to add a beautiful glow. We especially loved working with Carolyn Jane and Angelique Ink to create custom hand calligraphy signs, escort and place cards, menus and programs. They added the perfect personal touch to our wedding day.

Music is very important to us and we wanted the music at our wedding to be a reflection of our relationship. Over the course of our engagement, we continuously added songs to our “wedding playlist.” By the end, we had enough songs to fill the entire day! Hearing our selections played throughout the day was incredibly special, in particular our first dance song, which we had chosen on our very first date!!

The best advice I could give any bride is to choose experienced vendors they can wholeheartedly trust to execute their big day. We were told that our wedding day would fly by quickly but had no idea what that truly meant until it was actually happening! Luckily, we had an amazing team to support us and ensure every detail was attended to so that we could focus on spending time with our family and friends. Our coordinator, Joy, of Joy Proctor Design, was a dream to work with and quite possibly the sweetest person we’ve ever met! From day one, she gave us amazing advice on the planning process and was an invaluable partner. On top of that, she has an amazing eye for design; we knew we could trust her to bring our wedding vision to life! Our photographer, KT Merry, and her assistant, Chad, made the perfect team and captured the precious moments of our big day beautifully. KT and Chad were by our side the entire day and made us feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera. They were super sweet, patient and consummate professionals who executed with expert precision. We also absolutely adored our videographers, Aria Studios. They were so nice and fun to hang out with, like being with old friends. They’re based in Hawaii and braved not one, but two(!) hurricane warnings just to make it to our wedding! Watching their incredible Same Day Edit video at our reception was the perfect way to end the best day of our lives.

The SDE video, together with the quiet excitement of our first look, our adorable nieces and nephews as our flower girls and ring bearers, our first dance, the reactions we had to our SURPRISE horse-drawn carriage ride, making lifelong memories with our families, hearing the amazing speeches from our closest friends, and especially seeing James at the end of our ceremony aisle were some of the best moments of our wedding. All the planning and focusing on the details were definitely worth it! We could not have asked for more!

From Joy of Joy Proctor Design… I had the pleasure of helping Inga and James with planning for their beautiful wedding at Sunstone Villa. Inga chose a muted color palate of blush and peach paired with soft greens and greys to compliment the understated elegance of the venue.

Guests were greeted with lavender lemonade before making their way to the ceremony. Estate urns filled with organic florals by Cameilla Design sat on either side of the aisle, creating the most elegant entrance to the “I dos” which were held under and old oak tree. After the ceremony, Inga and James invited guests to join them for cocktails and bean toss before taking a quick moment to look out over their wedding from a balcony above. As a wedding gift, the grooms sister surprised them with a horse drawn carriage ride at sunset. Before making their way to dinner, guests found their calligraphy seating assignments by Carolyn Jane Design on a large gold frame backed in dupioni silk. Walking through the home to the reception, guests were greeted with more than 200 candles lining the stairwell and foyer tables – creating a truly romantic welcome to dinner.

The dinner reception was held in front of the house, with European market lights hanging over head. The bride and groom sat with their bridal party at a long wooden table from the Tent Merchant with a beautiful ivory dupioni silk runner from La Tavola linen. Guests sat at round tables covered in the same ivory dupioni linen with two beautiful centerpieces mixed throughout the tables. Rustic stoneware chargers and ornate silver flatware sat at each place setting, with a dinner menu tied in jute and a sprig of rosemary.

The gorgeous cake by Decadance was the perfect soft accent to the design. After the cake was cut, guests made their way to the back patio of the house to a late night lounge with natural linen sofas set around the oversized fireplace. SBB gourmet made pizzas for the late night crowd in the outdoor pizza oven.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Videography: Aria Studios | Event Design: Joy Proctor | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Hair And Makeup: Ann Ho Of StylesByAnn | Calligraphy: Angelique Ink | Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane | DJ: DJ Mel | Grooms Attire: John Varvatos | Cake : Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Sunstone Winery | Lighting : Bella Vista Designs | Linens : La Tavola | Photo Booth: Outrageous Photo Booths | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Wedding Coordination: Joy Proctor

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Modern French Inspired Wedding with Pops of Color

Jen Huang Photography has been sharing loads of goodies with us today and it’s culminating in this tuscan inspired gem. It makes a healthy dose of color look elegant, refined and all at once gorgeous. With layers of textured details by Davia Lee Events mingling with the prettiest hued blooms by Inviting Occasiongold dipped furniture by Found Rentals and a day positively brimming with happy.

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From Davia Lee EventsFrom my perspective, some of the most special aspects of this wedding was the amount of family love and support that went into it. The caterer was the grooms brother in law, the amazing young man that sang when lauren walked down the aisle & for their first dance was her nephew. There was family from near & far with many traveling all the way from Mexico. You could just feel the love all night long! From a design standpoint, working with Larrissa to create the beautiful ceremony backdrop and chapel like feeling in La Cav was one of my absolute favorite details to see come to life. It was truly a work of art, so special and so unique for this wedding. You felt as if you escaped from California and were transported to a little stone chapel in France. The design standpoint for dinner was al fresco dining with subtle details and hints. The beautiful La Tavola Linens and china from Town & Country created the perfect palette for a beautifully presented dinner menu. All of the small hand crafted details such as the painted menus, incredible 16ft charcuterie display & beer and wine tasting for cocktail hour really proved that their guest comfort was their number one priority and it was a wedding that ended far too soon!

From Jen Huang PhotographyI absolutely love color, so I was so happy to see Lauren and Jorge’s bright pops of color against the neutral, natural stone of Sunstone Winery. The subtle stones, pink peonies and flow-y navy bridesmaids were such a visual symphony. Little details by Davia and Larissa that I thought were so beautiful were the delightful pairings of flowers and gold vases and fancy gold rimmed furniture. Did anyone notice the tiny little daisies in the bouquets that echoed the pieces of gold found in the decor and the absolutely adorable flower girl and her crown? I also love a good charcuterie spread, and this one didn’t disappoint, with layers of meats and cheeses and fruits in rustic, primitive wooden bowls and wax paper, all atop aged wine barrels in the Sunstone wine room. The dinner transformed the wedding from rustic to modern with lovely hanging glass chandeliers, textured La Tavola linens and gorgeous fluted glassware. Such a feast for the senses!

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Styling: Davia Lee Events | Caterer: Pasta Connection | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup | DJ: Carlos Dymond | Catering Staff: Night And Day Productions | Cupcakes & Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Film & Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Florals: Inviting Occasion | Ice Cream Truck: Negranti Ice Cream | Lighting + Chandeliers: LBPS Events | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Gavin Roy | Rentals: Classic Party Rental | Rentals: Town & Country | Rentals: Found Rentals | Winery: Sunstone Winery

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