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Tuscan Inspired Saratoga Villa Wedding

When Frances of Charmed Events Group gets her hands on a wedding, there can only be one outcome: absolute perfection. She knows how to bring a simple vision to life, so when this couple shared their idea for a natural, organic, Tuscan-inspired day, Frances totally delivered. Natalie Bowen tied the day together with styled greenery galore, Haute Bride styled the bride from head to toe, and Jen Huang’s captures are waiting in The Vault.

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FromCharmed Events Group… Amber and Joel first met at Santa Clara University as friends and fell into becoming lovers. They were engaged in Tuscany so for their wedding day, they wanted the guests to feel like they were transported to Tuscany. Amber and Joel have such a romantic and sweet sense of style that translated into the experience that they wanted their guests to enjoy, which was the feeling of being at a fabulously, understated dinner party. In terms of the style and aesthetic of the day, it was really important to Amber that everything had a really natural and organic feel to it with lots of rustic elements to bring guests into the magic of Tuscany. The color palette that we used was fresh greens, whites, cremes and hints of dusty blues/greys. If there were a theme that we were going with, it was Tuscany, olive branches, and more olive branches!

No details were overlooked for their wedding. To start, guests received beautiful save the dates that Jen Huang hand painted of their venue, followed by a beautiful watercolored invitation full of olive leaves and foliage that set the tone for the wedding day to come.

For the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the Oval Garden of Villa Montalvo which was a reflection of Italy with its marble statues and columns. Natalie B did an amazing job of creating a beautiful garland of natural foliage to adorn the ceremony altar that we created.

For cocktail hour, guests were welcomed to the Spanish Court where they were able to enjoy signature cocktails such as the Tuscan Lavender and Blackberry Whiskey Smashes while enjoying the beautiful Spanish Court and beautiful floral garlands that lined the stairwells to the court. Amber and Joel wanted guests to take home a little of Tuscany with them so little jars that were dip dyed in dusty lavender hues with an assortment of fresh herbs inspired by Tuscany, was their take away with beautiful escort tags created by Feast Calligraphy.

We had a vision of creating really long rows of farm tables to create the intimate dining experience of Tuscany and that’s exactly what we did. It was perfectly accented by lush garlands of olive leaves and branches created by Natalie Bowen Designs. Each guest place setting was thoughtfully created with the help of beautiful china and glassware from Frances Lane and we had an assortment of foliage to accent each guest place setting. Beautifully hand lettered menus finished with letterpress and Italian fine paper greeted guests as they sat down. Table numbers were hand painted by our team with a translation of each number in Italian. To finish, a gorgeous cake adorned with olive leaves and branches, created by Pretty Please SF, completed the reception.

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Cinematography: Burkart Studios | Event Design: Charmed Events Group | Event Planning: Charmed Events Group | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Cake: Pretty Please SF | Stationery: (Watercolor) Jen Huang Art | Catering: Le Papillon | Calligraphy: Feast Calligraphy | DJ: Boutique DJS | Venue: Villa Montalvo | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Letterpress: Feast Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane | Wedding Dress & Accessories Shop: Haute Bride

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Sunset Field Engagement at Mountain Winery

I swear, there is something magic about California light. And for all of you lovelies lucky enough to snap some pics amongst those pretty rays, consider me envious. Take these two for example, their images from This Love Of Yours Photography LLC are nothing short of sun-filled perfection, and you can see even more right here.

 

From the Bride to be…After over a decade of friendship, love, and laughter we are finally getting hitched. Matt and I met at San Jose State University where we both went to college. Matt was on the baseball team, and I played water polo. After dating for a few years Matt was drafted by the NY Mets in 2004 and our relationship went longer distance for the next seven years. We got engaged in Carmel, CA in May 2013 and will be married at Holman Ranch, in Carmel Valley, CA April 2014.

Being an event planner and in a relationship for over a decade I have had plenty of time to envision our special day and most recently our engagement shoot. Holman Ranch is pretty hard to compete with as a photo backdrop, so for our engagement photos I wanted a more simplistic setting. Erika and Michael of This Love of Yours Photography specialize in romantic, natural light photos that have that glowing effect. I knew they were the perfect photographers to capture this vision I had in my head. After months of pinning ideas and sharing them with Erika, she was pretty clear of what I wanted. We loved the photos and hope you do as well!

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography LLC | Venue: Mountain Winery

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Saratoga Wedding at Villa Montalvo

We’ve got a two parter of pretty coming your way, and it’s all sitting in this oh-so-gorgeous post. This sweet as they come couple sent over their engagement session AND their wedding captured by Christina McNeill, and well, we fell in love with both. So be sure to soak up more of their e-sesh here, and just wait until you see their wedding waiting for you below…

See? How could you not fall in love with these two? Your love affair is about to go off the charts, because with one look at their stunning Villa Montalvo wedding (once again beautifully captured by Christina McNeill) you’ll know precisely why we just can’t get enough. Join us in here for more.

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From the Bride…Our best man Josh Rose introduced us in 2010. I went to HS with Josh and Nick has known Josh since he was 9. From the beginning we knew that family and fun were the most important components of our wedding. We both live in San Francisco, but chose to have our wedding at Villa Montalvo near my hometown of Los Gatos. We knew we wanted a vintage theme and I suggested a Great Gatsby vibe. We chose black, gold and white since they are such classic colors and added feathers to go with the 1920’s décor.

My favorite moment of our wedding was when the last song came on. It was “Last Night on Earth” by Green Day and its one of our favorites. I saw Nick clawing through the crowd trying to find me for a last spin and he yelled out “where’s my wife??” It was the first time I had heard him use the phrase and I had to smile. All of the guests came together for the song and it was such a wonderful feeling having so much support for us on that special day.

If I could offer any advice, I’d say: sit back and really enjoy all that you worked so hard for. All those months of planning and running around like a crazy person really does pay off. I had a few moments were I almost went nuts but luckily I was surrounded by a few recent brides and they kept me grounded. I reminded myself that this day was about us. It wasn’t the décor, music or food and that thought made all stress sort of melt away.

Photographer: Christina McNeill | Event Planner: Adrienne South with The Party Helpers | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cake Expressions | Stationery: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary of Immaculate Conception Los Gatos | Reception Venue: Villa Montalvo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Party Helpers | Suit: Calvin Klein | Groom's shoes: Call it Spring | Music: Los Gatos DJ | Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals | Rentals: Flower Divas