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Vintage-Rustic Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding

Referring to their Big Day as a “fancy picnic”, this couple planned the ultimate casual-classy fête. It’s a day where romance reigned supreme and darling details followed. Complete with wooden pews, vintage decor, and plenty of DIY touches, their wedding proves that love is in the details, and thanks to Sposto Photography you can see it all right here!

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From Sposto PhotographyThis enchanted evening took place at the iconic Whispering Rose Ranch in Solvang California. Home to some of the most prestigious animals in the world, this working ranch is a sanctuary for horse lovers. The bride got ready in the stone cottage while her groom buttoned up in the groom’s salon adorned with childhood relics of The Horse Whisperer himself. They celebrated under the twinkling lights of sycamore lane, a tree-lined roadway transitioned into the most beautiful reception area.

From The Bride…When Mike and I got engaged, we knew right away the most important thing we wanted in our wedding day…an outdoor venue that embodied a beautiful space for our friends and family to celebrate our day with us in a relaxed, causal atmosphere.

We originally had booked our wedding at an outdoor space in Laguna Beach, not too far from our home in Orange County, but as fate would have it, that venue just wasn’t in the cards. When we begin looking again we decided to look outside of Orange County, and instead ventured to the Santa Ynez wine region, where we got engaged. It was there that we were introduced to Whispering Rose Ranch, which coincidentally (or not?) was directly across the road from the private winery where we were engaged. Upon entering the tree lined, gorgeous horse farm we knew it would be the perfect fit for our big day.

When planning out the décor and details we wanted them to be a true representation of our personalities. I wanted a romantic, rustic feel; a “fancy” picnic as one might call it. Mike just wanted everyone to have good food, drinks and a massive dance party under the stars! The flowers were probably the most important detail to me and Laura from Passion Flowers Design was one of the first vendors we chose. I’m a pink girl at heart, so I wanted soft peaches and blushes with natural green accents. I wanted all the flowers to have different textures and volume. Laura did the MOST amazing job with all the floral details and her design was truly magical. To accent the amazing floral displays, and beauty of the ranch we rented vintage furniture and décor from Teddy at Sweet Beginnings Vintage Rentals. From the wooden pews, to the vintage pink couch, rose handled buffet, vintage china and white rustic bar, the décor added to the overall look we wanted. We chose Polka Dot Caterers to create our fancy, yet causal BBQ menu to complement the large bar menu Mike had created. We opted to forgo many of the traditional wedding details such as bouquet toss and caking cutting so we could have more time to do what we do best: dance! DJ Patrick B, was amazing at putting together a play list that we help to create that had people dancing for hours. And to capture it all, Sposto Photography was there to mark the special moments and tell our story through photos. Our photographer came highly recommended by two mutual friends, and her artistic, romantic style was exactly what I wanted. She was another vendor that I secured early, and had confidence at our first meeting that she was someone I wanted by my side throughout the entire wedding process.

Last but not least, we wanted to add our own touch to many of the details. I hand wrote all the seating assignments, bridal party program and menu on windows and we made the wooden signs, table numbers and even the corn hole game ourselves (Mike is quite handy!) to add a personal touch.

Every detail turned out just how we wanted it. We couldn’t have been happier that day. And most importantly, everyone had an amazing time in a space we can say we created to celebrate all of our friends and family coming together to the party of our lives.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Ann Johnson Events | Floral Design: Passion Flowers | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Polka Dot Planners | Hair And Makeup: Kristina Laney | DJ: DJ Patrick B | Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Rentals: Sweet Beginnings Vintage Rental | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Modern Earthy Equestrian Wedding Inspiration

Fancy hats, mint juleps and beautiful horses are right around the corner m’dears. I’m so looking forward to this year’s Kentucky Derby and this shoot from WINK! and onelove photography is the reason why. It’s an earthy-modern take on equestrian life and it’s oh-so-good. Florals by Ella & Louie, an incredibly gorgeous Claire Pettibone dress and this beauty—so, so good.

From WINK!… The first time Chrissy told us about Whispering Rose Ranch, we couldn’t believe our ears. It had all the makings to be one of the most inspired Wedding Venues in the Santa Barbara region. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery, gold light, and Carolina Herrera’s early Equestrian Days, This luxurious Ranch was so magnificent that we knew we had to share it with you all! After seeing the property, we knew that we wanted to emulate the art of Horse Back Riding and Equestrianism, and veer away from the rustic mentality. We took cues from the Solvang’s lush color palette: rich greens, neutral tones and gold sunsets. We named our style “Modern, Earthy Equestrian” and incorporated vintage trophies from Horse Shows from the 1950s.

In addition, we loved working with the idea of ribbon throughout, inspired by old show ribbons. It allowed us to highlight organic, clean lines in a chic way. Shot by the incredible onelove photography, we collaborated to evoke the essence of equestrianism and the idea that maybe our bride had spent the morning riding in the hills, just her and the quiet, vastness of Solvang’s beauty, only to pull her hair back for an impromptu wedding ceremony. The bride had her hair and make up done by the amazing Amy Castaniero of The Blushed Company, who executed two different looks with beauty and ease.

In the first look, our bride wears a clean, white blazer, accented with a lace crop top and finished off with a stunning white trumpet skirt from Chic Little Devil. The sexy, sophistication of the bride’s suit was heightened with a sleek ponytail and a perfect velvet ribbon, harkening back to her riding days. We kept make up clean, fresh, and dewey, with a deep plum lip to evoke a sophisticated, polished feel with a punch. For the more traditional bridal look, our Bride wore a Claire Pettibone (also sourced from Chic Little Devil) that was nothing short of heavenly. The long sleeved, lace detailing felt both classic and contemporary, while still feeling incredibly organic. Tracey of Ella and Louie designed all of the amazing florals for our table scape and incorporated an array of simple flowers including eucalyptus and other greenery, Carolina Pine, and an assortment of white flowers, including white roses picked early that morning. The Bouquet was a culmination of all of the different florals, and was fastened with plaid ribbons in navy, tans, and deep greens.

Last but certainly not least, we showcased Dish Wish Girl’s amazing china, flatware, and stemware. We were inspired by the idea of embossing and chose gorgeous, white china with equestrian flair. The tarnished silver flatware was a perfect accent and worked with the crystal cut coupes and smoky stemware to round out our color palette. The remainder of the table scape was strategically filled with locally sourced trophies that acted as vessels for our florals, rough cut white crystals, votive candles in baking tins, and vintage horseshoes. We had such an amazing time designing and coordinating this shoot and are so grateful to our Santa Barbara dream team for bringing our vision to life! We cannot wait to return to this gorgeous escape in the heart of Solvang!

Photography: onelove photography | Design: WINK! | Floral Design: Ella And Louie | Hair And Makeup: The Blushed Company | Dessert: Pie Hole LA | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Estate: Whispering Rose Ranch | Producer: Chrissy Deferville | Rentals: Dish Wish | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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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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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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