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California Hills Anniversary Session

There are many perks to working in this wedding industry, but the one topping my list? The amazingly talented, creative and genuine people you meet along the way. It’s people like Jacin of Lovely Little Details who never ceases to inspire, and when she shared her own anniversary sesh…we kind of jumped at the chance to share. Photographed by Jessica Burke, it’s one perfectly sun-kissed image after another.

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From Jessica BurkeOne of my favorite things about my job is meeting amazing people in the wedding industry and Jacin of Lovely Little Details is no exception. Jacin and I worked one of our very first weddings together – which became our first feature on Style Me Pretty – and have been close friends since! When she told me she was moving to Atlanta, I immediately thought of photographing her and her little fam here in California to commemorate their time here. The rolling hills of the Bay Area are just so beautiful, and I was happy to have the chance to document these memories for them to look back on for years to come!

Photography: Jessica Burke | Styling: Lovely Little Details | Skirt: Anthropologie

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Rustic Diablo Ranch Wedding

Ah, Pinterest. The modern Bride’s go-to for wedding inspiration heaven, and most often the birth place of so many fabulous DIY projects and sweet touches that pretty up the weddings we share on the daily. Case in point? This rustic, coral-splashed ranch fete from Jasmine Lee Photography. And thanks to this gorg Bride, you can peruse their lovely list of projects below in addition to this beautiful gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride…When we chose Diablo Ranch as our venue, we wanted to make sure that while a working cattle ranch, that is was not a country wedding. We were all for ‘rustic’ and Pinterest delivered a multitude of ideas. So many ideas that for a while I had several weddings planned in my head. I finally honed in on a picture of an outdoor wedding that used copper colored linens and loved it. I added coral for an accent color and that was it. It allowed for simple lanterns for center pieces and small bottles for flowers. The beauty of this venue was that we didn’t need a lot of color or decor, it really spoke for itself with the scenery and ambiance of being on a mountain.

  • I do like to be crafty and wanted to do as much as we could on our own, not only to help save money, but to make it more personal, for us and our guests.
  • My sister-in-law helped me design the invitations, centered around a little oak tree, as we had the ceremony under a large oak tree. We kept them simple, with embossed printing and used kraft envelopes for a some contrast. We also designed post card save the dates. Going back to the spot where he proposed, which happened to have the venue in the very distant background of the mountain.
  • We found pictures of ourselves with every guest to make the escort cards.
  • We numbered the tables to reflect important dates in our lives.
  • We also asked all of our guests to send their wedding picture to us prior to our big day. We then designed the guest book for each couple to add the picture they sent, along with well wishes so we could share in their day when we looked back on ours.
  • Chalk dipped wine glasses were both the guests’ favors and their place setting at the table.
  • My mom made my garder by taking the lace from her wedding dress and fabric from her mothers wedding dress. She had the wedding dates embroidered on the garder and attached a piece of jewelry that my other grandmother had wanted me to have when she passed away earlier this year.
  • Small things like my parents cake topper from their wedding, 43 years ago, sat at the guest book table, along with a wedding blanket that my late grandmother crocheted for us.
  • We also displayed generations of family wedding pictures from both sides and pictures of friends and family that were no longer with us.
  • We love kids, but wanted our friends to have a night off, so we just had our 7 nieces and nephews at the wedding. We made sure they were well entertained with a chalk board table, bubbles, beach balls, velcro paddles, glow sticks, and personalized mason jars for their drink of choice.
  • The doors were a labor of love and pure pinterest inspiration that my mom tagged. We loved the idea of having something in the middle of the field. We were so fortunate to find these beautiful doors on craiglist and the owner was so excited when he found out what we were using them for.
  • When I found my dress I knew it was perfect for the venue and would add to the outdoor elegance I was looking for. It was linen with lace appliqué and was a beautiful fit. I wanted Rob’s suit to go in a casual direction as well and the beige color was a great match to the linen of my dress.

The DIY was a bit time consuming, but when the day finally arrived we got immense joy from people experiencing all the personal touches we added. I think we were both on a natural high the entire day, but really did soak it all in. Doing ‘first look’ photos took the nervousness away and allowed us to have our moment and then truly relax and enjoy the day. Our friends offered to make corn hole boards as their wedding gift, which sparked the idea to have a few games for our guests. We even played as we were getting ready to walk to the ceremony site. We came up with vows that were about us and asked a good friend to officiate. It made for an intimate ceremony that was truly about us. I can honestly say I don’t remember anyone else being there but the two of us and our friend. Ceremony done, we got to enjoy cocktail hour with our friends and family. The baskets of flip flops were gone before we knew it. We used my grandmother’s china and silver for our place settings. Another way for us to have someone there that was no longer with us. We danced and enjoyed our guests throughout the night. We did ask guests to include a song to dance to on their RSVP. It got people up and moving, as we intended. We ended with a late night fire pit and smores (hand packaged, of course).

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Coordinator: Bride | Florist: Jory's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Invitations: The Bride | Shoes: Mixx Shuz | Caterer: Up And Under Pub | Makeup Artist: Justin Michael's - Kayleigh LaForce | Hair Stylist: Justin Michael's - Kayleigh LaForce | Groom's Suit: Men's Warehouse | Bride's Headpiece:: DIY By Bride | Bride's Jewelry: Macy's | Diablo Ranch: Diablo Ranch | Dress Shop: Lilacs Dress Boutique | MC/DJ: Denon And Doyle

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Walnut Creek Wedding from Summer & Boyd

This wedding is a vision. A vision of loveliness, yes, but also a vision this lovely Bride dreamt up and made reality. Allowing us to soak in every last beautiful detail through the gorgeous images from Summer & Boyd. It’s the result of hours and hours spent working on decorations along with family and friends, and you can see the labor of love most definitely paid off with just one look at this gorgeous gallery

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From the Bride…Our goal for the wedding was to make it fun, elegant and casual all at the same time. I have always loved to be creative and make things on my own. While on my journey of searching for a venue, I found that many places were very strict about decorations and limiting with the use of their linens, tables and decorations. I had an idea in my head of the look I wanted and none of the venues I went to were the right place for me to create what I had envisioned. Then, one afternoon, my fiance and I went for a walk in the open space (Sugarloaf Open Space) behind my parent’s house in Walnut Creek, just as we had done many times over the past ten years. As soon as we started walking through the walnut orchard, I realized this was the perfect venue for us and that I could be creative as I wanted to – I could turn this beautiful outdoor space into my dream wedding!

I also knew it might be risky, since a wedding had never been done in this area before. But once I got permission from the ranger who lives on the land, my imagination went wild. I wanted it to be a casual outdoor wedding that was elegant, romantic and comfortable. I started with the ceremony and got to work making the decorations. I wanted flowers hanging from the large oak tree we would be married under. So my mom and I (and many friends) got right to work making 1300 fabric flowers. They were gorgeous and exactly what I imagined. We hung them on clear fishing string. It was the perfect touch of white and elegance for the backdrop.
 
Our wedding was a refection of everyone around us, as many people helped me create the wedding of my dreams. My mother made homemade berry jam for the favors. My best friend and bridesmaid helped make my invitations, design chalkboard signs, and decorative labels. And a family friend made cobbler instead of cake for every guest. On the day of the wedding it was amazing to see everything come together. I felt the wedding had the perfect amount of elegance and rustic charm. I used a mixture of picnic tables that were already in the open space and large tables. We covered the picnic tables in lace I bought and the benches with seat covers my mother made. My husband and I really planned this wedding on a budget and we think it added more character to our wedding by changing things to help save money. We had pre-plated appetizers on every table to cut costs on food and chose to use small bud vases on every table instead of large centerpieces. We hired a delicious food truck that made organic fire-roasted pizzas. We also had a popcorn station and s’mores bar for the guests to eat all night.

My husband and I feel like this wedding really was the wedding of our dreams. It was a place for our family and friends to come eat, dance and enjoy themselves outside in a walnut orchard that was meaningful to us. I loved every project I did for the wedding and my husband and I will always look back on this day as a truly magical and special memory.

Wedding Photography: Summer & Boyd | Wedding Venue: Sugar Loaf Open Space in Walnut Creek, California | Event Planning: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: The Flower House | Caterer: Pizza Politana | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Hairstylist: Missy Craig

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Bay Area Wedding Film from Seaglass Cinema

As I type this, a few tears have found their way down my cheek. I’m not ashamed to admit it. It happened the first time I watched this moving film by Seaglass Cinema and it happened the second time too. And the third. This beautiful film just holds every thing I love about seeing weddings unfold day in day out, and why I know I’ll never get tired of my job. It’s a film you’ll want to watch a couple times, but be sure to have a tissue or two nearby for those runaway tears of wedding-loving happiness…

From Seaglass Cinema If ever there was a unique spin on the classic fairytale of a wedding, Becky and David’s was it. Their creativity, their goofball humor, and their love for each other melded into a beautiful, non-traditional celebration. The setting: a working cattle ranch nestled in the hills of Mount Diablo (complete with emu, cows and horses). The reception: food stations, lounge seating, a photo booth and more. From the Chipotle burritos to the handmade signs all around the wedding, every detail was chosen based on what was meaningful to them.

Wedding Photography: Jerry + Ingrid of Jerry Yoon Photography / Wedding Venue: Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek, California / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Tiffany Kwong + Sara Fong / Wedding Cinematography: Seaglass Cinema / Film Music: “Growing Up” by Monsters Calling Home (Courtesy of the Artist) / Catering: Yvonne Thompson / DJ: Tim Hwang / Design Consultants: Kelsey Premo Jones + Brett Randall Jones / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji / Hair: Blow Dry Bar / Makeup: Lynn Park

Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek Wedding by Shannen Natasha Photography

Vintage purse carrying bridesmaids…genius. Just plop some wild flowers in and voila, instant bouquet magic. This wedding is full of little DIY details like that, crafted by friends and family that all together make for a vibrant , heart-felt affair. The kind that we could blab on and on about and probably will. I just know those bridesmaid purses are going to be the topic of conversation around the SMP water cooler. Shannen Natasha Photography captured so many lovely moments. See them all right here.

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From the Bride… Thinking about our wedding still brings tears to my eyes because of how humbled I am by our family and friends’ labor of love throughout the process. When Chad and I saw the Equestrian Center, we knew it would be a perfect location because it was the blank canvas we wanted … even though a wedding had never happened there before. My dad made our altar out of a 100-year-old water tower from the pasture. My mama sewed her heart out and made our invite “envelopes” as well as the table numbers. Chad’s mom baked hundreds of her famous oatmeal cookies for the guests because they are our absolute favorite. One of my favorite details was the bridesmaids clutches we all designed together the day before the wedding. We went to the flower market near San Francisco and bought all the florals; I scoured Etsy for months finding the perfect vintage, leather-tooled purses with the idea to use them as our “bouquets,” and they turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. (We even used the florals to make the boys’ boutonnieres as well.) We had so many personal details, from hand-selecting the songs our live band played, to the casual and homey feel we wanted our guests to experience as if we had just invited everyone over for a BBQ, to our vibrant color palette that we still aren’t sick of. Our wedding was so US. We stayed true to ourselves and what was most important to us, and that means more than anything.

Wedding Photography: Shannen Natasha Photography / Wedding Venue: Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek, California / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride + Bridesmaids / Day-Of Coordination: Jennifer Tipton Designs / Ceremony Altar: DIY by the Bride’s Father / Catering: Lisa Miller of Epicurean Delights / Wedding Cake + Apple Pies: Annalisa Lung of Nine by Thirteen / Oatmeal Cookies: DIY by the Groom’s Mother / Wedding Invitations, Fans, Menus + Thank You’s: Kayla Adams / Wedding Invitation Envelopes: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals / Bride’s Hairpiece: Etsy / Bride’s Jewelry: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew, BHLDN, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ivy & Aster / Bridesmaids’ Lace Necklaces + Earrings: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Purses: Vintage / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Etsy / Groomsmen’s Ties: DIY by a Family Friend / Tie Clips: Etsy

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