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Romantic Garden Wedding

To know me is to know that I love garden weddings.  Sure, give me a modern or traditional affair and I am all kinds of happy… but show me an al fresco soiree like this gorgeous gem styled by Dandelion Events and I can barely contain myself.  Because this, loves, is beautiful blooms from Tesoro Flowers meets all sort of romance from Mike Larson.  Needless to say: yes, please.  See it all in the here.


From the Bride… Justin and I had been together for 10 years before we got engaged in May of 2012. We both went to graduate school after attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Justin went on to medical school in New Orleans, and I moved to Northern California to attend veterinary school. Throughout our relationship we had a very small and close group of family and friends that helped support us, our relationship, and our career goals. We wanted our wedding to not only celebrate our love for each other but also to thank all of our family and close friends that had supported us throughout the years.

We both grew up in Northern California and knew that we not only wanted to choose a wedding venue that celebrated the beauty of the state, but one that was also unique. Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma was the perfect place and we fell in love with it instantly, almost as quickly as with each other! Not only did we adore the beautiful scenery (the lush gardens, old world vines, rustic barn, and more modern tent), but we also were amazed by the variation in unique art pieces and installations scattered throughout the property. After deciding on the venue I was then able to focus on all of the details. I loved the idea of a rustic wedding but was terribly bored of constantly seeing weddings that highlighted mason jars and burlap. I wanted our wedding to exude the same rustic and romantic ambiance but in a different way-we used milk glass instead of mason jars, steered clear of burlap, and brought in assorted antique plates for dinner. Details were very important to me- incorporating finds from antique stores and Etsy, hand-made and decorated chalkboards, and a signature drink highlighting our love for our Italian greyhound all helped to express who we are as a couple.

Another wedding goal we had was to create a relaxed, intimate and romantic atmosphere. That really started with all of the vendors that we chose to help us celebrate our day. I tried very hard to not only hire vendors based on the quality of their work, but also on their individual personalities and who they truly were as people. I sincerely believe I lucked out with every single vendor that contributed to our wedding. Not only were they all amazing and talented at what they did, but they were all compassionate people whom genuinely cared about making our wedding one of the best days of our lives-for that I cannot thank any of them enough!

Good drinks, delicious food, and a talented cover band rounded out the priorities for our wedding. Local wines were featured, as well as two signature drinks. Sage Catering focuses on fresh, local produce and a “farm to table” ideology-there was no better way to celebrate one of the best regions for delicious food than to include them. They also provided us with tasty late-night snacks- mini BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches-a hit with all of our guests! For dessert we decided to have an assortment of lemon bars, seven layer bars, and a delicious cake provided by Susie Cakes in Marin- their red velvet cake is out of this world! The music was provided by a cover band centered out of San Luis Obispo (a nod to where we met and fell in love). Live music really helped to create a fun and lively atmosphere and kept everyone dancing all night long.

Overall, our wedding was the best day of our lives and perfectly celebrated our love that we share for each other and those around us.

Photographer: Mike Larson | Videography: De Novo Studio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Sage Events | Band: Matt Cross and the One Night Band | Groom's suit: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Jacqueline Eigen | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Cake Topper: Melting Pot Love | Cake/Desserts: Susie Cakes | Ceremony & Reception: Cornerstone Gardens | Flowers : Tesoro Flowers | Honeymoon: Cook Islands | Make-up/Hair: It's a Date at the Powder Room | Rentals: Dogwood | Styling/Day of Coordination: Leslie Struble at Dandelion Events

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Elegant Winery Wedding

Rustic elegance and traditional pretty came to party in this gorgeous Viansa Winery wedding and, let me tell you loves, it’s amazing.  Think lush blooms from Anne Mendenhall Flowers meets crazy fabulous details from Lindsay Lauren Events meets the prettiest of ceremony settings.  All captured by Hazy Lane Studios, this right here is a Saturday must-see.  Click here for more.

And a pretty little film from Matter Video

From the Bride… I visited Viansa Winery for the first time in 2008 (before I was even dating my husband) while celebrating my mom’s birthday in Sonoma. I fell in love with it right away and remember myself saying how I would love to get married there one day.

Five years later, I did… and it was perfect! When we were researching and visiting wedding venues, Viansa really stood out to us. We loved the Italian-like building. The courtyard. The setting. The view. We loved everything about the property.  Getting married in the wine country, it was important to me to utilize the wine country theme and take advantage of all the natural beauty that the venue offered. Our ceremony took place in an outdoor courtyard and our cocktail hour was up at the terrace with a gorgeous view overlooking the Sonoma Valley!

The most important concept at my wedding was the details and ambiance. As a professional event planner, I have seen and been exposed to so many different elements of design and trends. It was important to me that I stayed consistent and classic throughout my design and that each detail related to the next in some way or another. ‘Rustic elegance’ made for beautiful décor and the perfect combination to reflect our style. One of my favorite design elements was our head table. We put two wood queens tables together and wrapped our bridal party around the table. The centerpieces were tall handmade iron candelabras adorned with loose flowing flowers. Instead of a traditional linen table runner, I used olive branches and eucalyptus leaves. My husband and I had a beautiful garland connecting the back of our chairs, which symbolized us becoming ‘one.’

I wanted more than just a beautiful wedding; I wanted guests to walk away with an experience they would remember forever.

Brendan and I customized our ceremony with our Pastor so that the verses and verbiage that was shared really meant something to us. In addition, we exchanged personal statements to one another. We didn’t know what one another was going to say or do, which was even more special. It was amazing how much overlap there was in what we said to one another. Our guests experienced laughter and tears with us, which was very neat.

We had our love story printed on the liner of our invitation envelope so that when guests opened their invitation, they read our love story timeline. This was especially unique because we met in middle school through two of our best friends (who are brother and sister) and went to middle school, high school and collage together! However, it wasn’t until after college that we reconnected, and three years later, said ‘we do!’

The heart underneath my dress from my dad’s jacket – My dad passed away when I was a little girl. In order to feel like he was still with me on my special day, I had a heart cut from the liner of his favorite leather jacket, and sewn underneath my wedding dress.

Our guests and our bridal party were the most important part of our wedding. They are who made us, ‘us’ and we couldn’t be more grateful. From the champagne greet at our guests’ arrival, to the live band at the reception, we wanted our guests to feel special and enjoy themselves as much as possible. Our guests and our bridal party have been our support system and we wanted to make sure that our wedding experience portrayed that to all of them. We included a special thank you in our ceremony programs, as well as in our welcome speech.

From Hazy Lane Studios… Timing is everything and Lindsay and Brendan’s story is no different. The two met in middle school, attended high school and college together – quite seperately. It wasn’t until after college and a chance meeting at a sweet little cafe in their hometown that the sparks flew. Both were single and Brendan swept Lindsay off of her feet in a whirlwind romance, proposal and marriage. Every detail, every ounce of their wedding day was filled with love and romance. From their custom worded ceremony that had guests laughing and crying to an amazing 12-piece band that had people dancing all night, their day was truly a celebration.

Lindsay looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown, with a light touch of sparkle, she allowed her natural beauty to shine.

The maids looked stunning in taupe mismatched gowns with shoes that reflected their personalities. The men all wore dark brown suits with taupe satin ties and argyle socks.

Photographer: Hazy Lane Studios | Videographer: Matter Video | Event Design: Lindsay Lauren Events | Floral Design: Anne Mendenhall Flowers | Cake: Le Gateau Elegant | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Sage Catering | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Adele | Hair Stylist: Kiley Duncan And Kimberly Elaine | Assistant Photographer/Second Shooter: Monika Greenaway Photography | Bridal Jewelry: Nordstrom | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Store, Brides Dress And Bridesmaid Dresses: J'aime Bridal | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Linen Rentals: La Travola Linen | Paper Products/Invitations: Lynne's Studio | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Suit: Men's Wearhouse | Winery: Viansa Winery and Marketplace

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Organic Wedding in Sonoma

When people ask me why we feature so many California celebrations, the answer is easy. Because with the sea of wineries,  beaches for days and couple’s like this one who take refined, natural elements and transform them into pure magic, Cali is just where it’s at. Just make sure you take some time to pore over the details shot by Larissa Cleveland too!


From the bride…My husband and I grew up only 20 miles apart from each other but it wasn’t until our moms played matchmaker that we met a few years ago. Long story short, I guess one can never argue that a mother knows best. Reid popped the question on a trip to his favorite place, the island of Kauai and shortly after, the wedding planning began.

Since we currently live in San Francisco and both of us are born and raised in Northern California, we naturally gravitated towards the Napa/Sonoma area for our wedding venue. It provided a picturesque, convenient escape for 140 of our closest family and friends. We chose Cornerstone because it was such a unique property.

The wedding design reflected our neutral design palette and minimalist aesthetic. We used a lot of wood, clean lines and earthy elements, similar to the elements you would find in our home. Wood benches flanked the aisles leading up to our stunning birch canopy, under which we said our “I Do’s.” The dinner space continued the organic appeal. Guests sat at dark wood, rectangular tables. Burlap runners held votives of all shapes and sizes scattered amongst the green and white florals. Each guest received a personalized menu card, tucked into a crisp white linen napkin.

While the décor was gorgeous, I can’t forget to mention the food. Given that we live in San Francisco, we have grown to love all the culinary arts the city has to offer, so we definitely wanted to” wow” everyone with some phenomenal eats. Elaine Bell Catering did a fantastic job. Her food presentation was almost too pretty to eat but our guests devoured everything. Even our toughest food critics raved about the food.

The transformation of the barn was definitely the showstopper of the night. When the doors opened and guests walked in, “Ohhs” and “Ahhs” came from everyone, including my husband and I. Seeing all of the gorgeous chandeliers dripping from the ceiling and the table full of votives illuminating the room, was absolutely breathtaking. It was the one space I told Eden to surprise us with and she did just that. She transformed the simple structure to something truly magnificent. An expansive wood bar stood in one corner, where all our favorite California wines and beers were served. A huge desert bar flanked one side of the barn, serving platters of everything from doughnuts and cookies to s’mores and cheesecake lollipops. Our beautiful wedding cake was handmade with love by a dear family friend.

We flowed into the barn, right into our first dance, where we tried to dazzle the crowd with our new dance moves we learned from the talented Frances. We were so overwhelmed with all the excitement of the day, we were surprised we even remembered our choreographed moves. Afterward, our guests hit the dance floor with us. Chris ended this epic evening with the very befitting song “Home,” by Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros.

photographer: Larissa Cleveland | Videographer: Phillip Alan Films | Event Design: Eden Rodriguez | dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Andrea Fohrman | Bridesmaids dresses: Madison Marcus | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair and Makeup: Amy Lawson | calligraphy: Designs Girl | DJ: Chris Fox | Ties: burberry | grooms suit: Hugo Boss | Dance Lessons: Frances Cuevas | Strings: Starlite Strings | intitations: Bella Figura | necklaces: Baubble Bar | rentals: Classic Party Rentals | rentals: la tivola | socks: Ted Baker | wedding venue: Cornerstone Gardens

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