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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch Resort | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery


The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Every time I imagine a picturesque California wedding, the setting is the focal point (behind the bride + groom, of course!); and that is exactly the case at the unforgettable Ranch at Laguna Beach. The idyllic location, with its legendary nature setting, sets the stage for jaw dropping, gorgeous weddings and events.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers couples a choice of on-site venues, from the open-air Scout Camp to the lush Putting Green, and the property boasts romantic bridges, incredible views and stunning gardens — hello, photo ops! Perfect as a destination locale, The Ranch puts your guests close to sun, sand, sea and all the rest of the Village’s amazing offerings. With a focus on warm + personalized events, food and beverage menus are custom tailored for each wedding and their Personal Concierge is there to ensure every detail goes off without a hitch!

And get this, the venue even has a Destination Wedding Planning Service which helps couples plan every single element of your wedding weekend — from a barbecue rehearsal dinner to a wedding day golf tournament. For more information about The Ranch at Laguna Beach, and to book your big day, call 949.499.2271 or head over here. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest + Instagram for more wedding day inspiration!


Maravilla Gardens Wedding from Marianne Wilson + These Buds A Blooming

I’m not sure where to start with this Maravilla Gardens wedding – it’s all just so darn pretty! Pulling inspiration from the couple’s gorgeous venue (a converted plant nursery), These Buds A Blooming designed stunning floral centerpieces + bouquets from blooms such as lavender, roses and herbs. Sweet details brought the entire event together, and the amazing team at Marianne Wilson captured it all to perfection. See the entire thing right here!


From the Bride… When planning our wedding we knew that we wanted to exchange our vows and celebrate our special day outdoors, surrounded by friends, family and a beautiful garden setting. We searched numerous sites in Southern California and found our perfect location. It was serendipity when our talented photographer Marianne Wilson told us about Maravilla Gardens. What could be better than a former nursery in Camarillo, California that had been recently transformed into a beautifully landscaped wedding venue. Maravilla Gardens was the perfect place for our big day. On a warm August afternoon the festivities began and later that night drew to an end under a full moon.

Since we wanted to exchange our vows in among dear friends and family we asked a close family friend who is a judge to officiate. Another close friend played the guitar during the ceremony and the reception. The Mason jars, French wine crates, suitcases were collected by family and friends. The chalkboard bar menu was made by a friend and now hangs in our home.

Rather than a guestbook, our friends and family were asked to write their thoughts and wishes on fabric squares that will be sewn into a beautiful wedding quilt that we will have to forever remind us of our special day. Throughout the evening, guests signed fabric squares instead of a guest book so that we could make a wedding quilt to be displayed in our home as a constant reminder if the love that surrounded us throughout our relationship.

All of the floral arrangements and beautiful bridal and bridesmaid bouquets were made by Allie at These Buds A Blooming. The tables were decorated with Mason jars full of lavender, stock, roses and assorted herbs. The scent from the flowers was intoxicating. After the sun set, the tables were aglow with votive candles, market lights and the full moon made the entire reception take on a magical appearance.

Friends still talk about how delicious the food and libations were. Command Performance a local catering company, delighted everyone with their beautiful presentation, delicious food and creative cocktails. As a Francophile and lover of desserts, I knew a crepe bar was the perfect idea for desserts in addition to the delicious cake from Skiffs. Party-goers were able to select their own fillings for the crepes to enjoy in between dances under the full moon.

When the magical evening started to wind down, we departed through a tunnel of sparklers held high by our loved ones before being whisked away in a 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible to the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California.

Wedding Photography: Marianne + Joe from Marianne Wilson Photography | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens in Santa Rosa Valley, California | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Catering: Command Performance | Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes | Guitarist: Victory Mori | DJ: Bruce Barrios | Wedding Invitations: Matters of the Heart | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew | Hair: Katie Roberts from Sweet9 Salon | Makeup: Bliss Makeup Artistry

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