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Solvang Wedding from Joy de Vivre

Nothing gets our giddies going like a wedding planned by Joy de Vivre. And while we heart just about any event she touches, this Solvang soiree sets the bar even higher for vineyard weddings done right. The stunning photos come as no surprise with Michael & Anna Costa snapping up the pretty, and you must, must, must take time to linger in the full gallery for even more of this California lovely.

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Vineyard
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From Karin…My wife Alexa and I met in 2006 through a friend of a friend . . . of a friend. We took things slowly at first, but after five years, Alexa proposed to me in the spring of 2011 at a little bed and breakfast in Key West, Florida after asking my parents for their love and support (the proposal was perfect: complete with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, charcuterie & cheese and beautiful flowers).

We were both very involved in the entire wedding planning process, and agreed upon almost everything!  We knew we wanted our wedding to be somewhere that had meaning to us, so we zeroed in on the Santa Ynez Valley since we often go up to there for wine tasting weekends.  We loved the idea of an outdoor, rustic, yet chic, vineyard wedding. From the moment we saw it, we loved Coquelicot’s venue.  From the idea of saying our vows in the middle of a vineyard to the actual barn on the property (although the “Red Barn” isn’t really red), it was the perfect atmosphere for our DIY wedding.

We wanted the wedding décor to be simple, personal, unique, and yet still feel classy.  After just one meeting, Joy, from Joy de Vivre, translated our vision perfectly, everything from the table settings to the herb centerpieces atop the wine barrels as tables for cocktail hour, to the curtains framing the barn doors.  And our family friend, Mary Alice, breathed life into our vision even more, acting as our florist.  After months of planning the tablescapes, our parents, Maryellen and her husband worked tirelessly to put it all together the week of the wedding. Aside from each of the unique tablescapes, which consisted of mini potted green & purple plants, Alexa’s favorite piece of décor was a moss covered chair that Mary Alice made by hand.  The tables were named after items that go together (like ‘PB & J’, ‘Bacon & Eggs’, etc.).  We also had a few other DIY items, including the silhouette cornhole boards and K & A corkboards, both of which I spent quite a few hours constructing.

Two other important elements to making our day special were the food and music. We are huge foodies and did not want typical wedding food.  Duo Catering gave us exactly what we wanted – family-style dining with multiple courses featuring local ingredients (heirloom potatoes and tomatoes for appetizers, and for the main courses, beef tenderloin on grilled peaches, various flatbread pizzas, and seafood and chorizo paella).  For dessert, Duo made strawberry rhubarb mini hand pies (Alexa’s favorite!), and we had Chocolate Blackberry Syrah cupcakes from Enjoy! Cupcakes, a must have on every trip to Los Olivos.  For music, we both knew we wanted a 80s cover band. The Young Guns were so awesome, playing music for both our ceremony (in suits) and reception (in 80s attire!) and had the dance floor crowded the entire night.

The day of was absolutely amazing. Alexa sent me presents through her bridesmaids on the hour, for 7 hours, leading up to the ceremony. For the final present, she handed me a giant cutout heart at our first look. I couldn’t have been more in love with her at that moment. Other highlights from the day, included saying our vows, which Alexa wrote as a Dr. Seuss-ian rhyme (an excerpt: “Yes, I’ll love her if we’re rich, And I will love her in a ditch, I’ll love her through good times and bad, Whether we’re happy or we’re sad,”), and the surprise flashmob(!) I organized for Alexa (she still gets teary-eyed to this day when it’s mentioned!).

From Alexa:  I think Karin captured pretty much every major detail except the shoes! Oh and the dresses! But first, the shoes: we were both so in love with our shoes, but were very worried we wouldn’t be able to walk in them. And so we practiced around the house for the 3 months leading up to the wedding!  In the end, everything went perfectly and I never took my shoes off once the entire night. The dresses were also a dream come true.  By sheer luck, we both found our dresses at the same salon (M Bride, in La Jolla) and they are both Modern Trousseau designs, and therefore complemented each other perfectly.  My dress is actually a composite of two dresses—I took the top from one design of Modern Trousseau’s and the bottom from another.  I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out and thank Michelle at M Bride for encouraging me to go in that direction.  Karin’s dress was also so beautiful and I had the flowers from her purple sash made into a hair piece to match and bring our colors into the ceremony.

Looking back, it really was a perfect day. As we said our vows under a beautiful chuppah and in front of all our family and friends, I remember thinking how incredibly lucky I am not only because I get to spend the rest of my life with Karin, but also because of all the countless hours of help we got from our parents, Mary Alice, and many others to make our day so incredibly special. 

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa | Design + Planning: Joy de Vivre | Floral Design: Mary Alice Ottinger | Catering: Duo Events | Rentals: Town & Country | Officiant: Rabbi Laurie Coskey | Music: The Young Guns | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Venue: Coquelicot Estate Vineyard | Hair & Makeup: About Face Makeup, Page Berse | Linens: La Tavola  Wedding Dresses: Modern Trousseau via M Bride

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Solvang Wedding from Joy de Vivre Event Design Boutique

Ten years in the making, now that is a beautiful reason to celebrate. And these Brides did so with a mega-dose of style. Blush pink, classic pink, dark pink – you’ll find the whole pink hued family decorating this barn from blooms to linens and all topped off with sparkling chandeliers. It’s a vision crafted by Joy de Vivre Event Design Boutique + NLC Productions and brought to life with the images by Mark Brooke Photography. See so much more right here.

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From Emily, one of the Brides…Kirsten and I knew exactly what we wanted our weekend to be about. 2012 marked ten years together, so rather than see this as the start of something new we viewed it as a celebration of our relationship and an opportunity to bring together everyone we loved. Finally having all chapters of our lives connect was probably the most exciting part of the whole process.

As many states on the east coast are legalizing gay marriage, California is still in the middle of the battle. Despite that, and the fact that most of our friends and family are back east, we chose to have our wedding in California. Our wedding wasn’t about making a political statement, it was about having a huge party with all of our friends and families and celebrating with them the best way we know how – with food, margaritas and music!

Everything really fell into our lap. One of my best friends is an unbelievably talented stationary designer so 42 Pressed created our invitations and we were obsessed with them! We found our dresses in one day – both were Nicole Miller and perfect. (We paired them with Tom’s shoes to make sure we could dance all night.) Our wedding coordinator Joy, of Joy de Vivre in Santa Barbara took one phone call and we were hooked; her enthusiasm and ability to organize us while working within our budget was everything. For us, food was the most fun to figure out – we knew we wanted a taco bar and pies for desserts (Kirsten’s favorite) and thanks to a recommendation from a good friend we found Brian at Duo Events from Santa Barbara. It was delicious, right down to the homemade margaritas and strawberry rhubarb pies! Everyone fell in love with out photographer – Mark of Mark Brooke Photography made us all feel at ease while his pre-planning kept the photo shoots short and painless so we could focus on the party. Finally Nico and his team of NLC Productions blew us away with the flower arrangements, bouquets and canopy they created for our big day.

Everything was gorgeous. It was totally ridiculous. We kept things simple for our bridal party; my brother was my best man (please note his suit) and Kirsten’s youngest sister was her maid of honor while the rest of our combined sisters did the readings. One of our best friends officiated the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. Our good friends’ children walked our dogs down the aisle and another friend played the guitar and ukulele for the ceremony. There was an annual plane show which happened to fly directly over us as we were walking across the field and later in the afternoon we enjoyed someone else’s sky writing – we felt like we were in a movie. One of my favorite parts of the day was getting ready with Kirsten – she did our makeup (while yet another good friend did our hair) and it just calmed both of our nerves to spend the morning together. We did put our dresses on separately and had a “first reveal” which allowed me the opportunity to burst into tears with just Kirsten and not all of our guests. Of course I sobbed my way through our vows as well. As the night came to a close, the kids were covered in dirt, the band played us “Proud Mary” and the school bus rolled in to bring us to the hotel bar for a little more celebrating.

Photography: Mark Brooke Photography | Planning + Design: Joy de Vivre Event Design Boutique | Venue: Coquelicot Vineyard | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Catering: Duo Events | Lighting: LBPS Events | Rentals: Town & Country Rentals | Band: Stew & The Crew | Invitations: Jackie Hall of 42 Pressed | Wedding Dresses: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Toms | Best Man Suit: Astor & Black

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Lincourt Vineyards Wedding from Tim Halberg Photographer

The color palette of this wedding captured by Tim Halberg? It’s beyond. The entire wedding actually is, but it’s the pops of color that will make your eyes do a happy dance first today. And then your heart will join right along with them when you come across these two newlyweds and their sweet little family. Needless to say, with all that dancing, this is one fabulous feature, and you can join us right here for even more.

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From Tim Halberg… Tyler and Kelli’s day was set at the picturesque backdrop of a farmhouse vineyard wedding.  Splashes of modern, spanish details, specialty linens showcased Kelli’s style. Bright shades of blues, oranges and white accented the country scene. The setting was gorgeous but comfortable, which was suitable for this low-key couple. Tyler’s daughter threatened to steel the show with her spunky personality. Everywhere we turned there was beautiful light and romantic settings to set the mood. Stunning flowers, music, amazing people and wine, Tyler & Kelli couldn’t have asked for much more on their lovely day.

Wedding Photography: Tim Halberg Photographer | Wedding Venue: Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang, California | Floral + Event Design: Kelly Oshiro Design & Flowers | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Catering: Lorraine Lim Catering | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Nate Latta | DJ: DJ Fuse from Scratch Weddings | Hair + Makeup: Noelle from Chateau Belle

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