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A Dolce & Gabbana Ad Inspired This Real Wedding

When bride-to-be, Shirly came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement one day, she knew she’d just found her wedding inspiration. Featuring striking florals, rich black accessories, ghost chairs, lush greenery and brassy gold elements, it guided her fashion-forward approach to their wedding design…and the result is every modern bride’s dream. Mark and Shirley brought on an amazing vendor team with Esoteric Events, Kristina Adams, Amari Productions, Seniman Calligraphy, The Blushing Bird and La Tavola, to name a few. See it all this way!

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From the Bride… When we first started designing the look of our wedding, we struggled to unite vastly different aesthetics that we both loved. One day, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and that became the focal point of our inspiration. We took the colors of the fashion forward florals and layered in rich black accessories and ghost chairs for a modern take, and then incorporated brassy gold elements and lush greenery and textures for some old-world romance. Thanks to our spectacular all-star vendor team, we are so happy with how everything came together!

We had only moved to Los Angeles from New York for two months before Mark proposed. So we thought it was very fitting to have our wedding in Southern California since we had many out of town family and friends traveling from Asia and the East Coast. We both wanted an outdoor celebration, and once we saw the venue with its sweeping vast views, we knew that was it. Our wedding day was truly the happiest days of our lives. It’s a remarkable feeling to be marrying your soul mate, surrounded by everyone you love. I couldn’t stop smiling all day, and no matter how hard I tried to stop it, I cried lots of happy tears!

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Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Wedding Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: RoomForty | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bridal Accessories: The Blushing Bird | Bride's Crown: Mignonne Handmade | Cake & Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Day of Calligraphy: Letters To You | Invitation Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth Backdrop: Drop It MODERN | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop

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Say Hello to the Oceanside Venue of Your Dreams

California weddings are always awesome, but tying the knot at The Heritage House Resort & Spa? Well, that’s an entirely new level of gorgeous. Think clifftop ceremonies, breathtaking views of the Pacific and a talented team that will handle your every want + need with exceptional service. It’s your dream wedding with a little side of Mendocino pretty. Start planning your celebration below.

How do you throw the celebration of a lifetime? Well, saying “I do” with awe-inspiring views of the Northern California coast as your backdrop is one way to start. And The Heritage House Resort & Spa doesn’t just offer up amazing scenery for your Big Day… this Four Star Resort also happens to have a list of fabulous amenities that will make your entire wedding weekend. From their luxurious accommodations to their award-winning cuisine to the spa that will ease all of those pre-wedding stresses, you’ll be kicking back and relaxing while their awesome staff handles each and every detail. Including finding the perfect vendors to make it all happen. We love that.

Whether you’re saying “I do” in an intimate elopement or plan on hosting the party of the century with all of your friends and family, contact the The Heritage House Resort & Spa today to begin your journey to the wedding of your dreams. And don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to truly get inspired for your Big Day.

Photography: Cassandra Young | Hotel/Ceremony/Reception: Heritage House Resort

What Happens When You Plan a Wedding 2,000 Miles Apart…

Think planning a wedding is hard when you live together? These lovebirds did it while living 2,000 miles apart! And it couldn’t have turned out more perfect. Located at the most charming venue in the middle of rolling vineyards, the imagery captured by Jen Philips instantly made me want to book a trip to wine country—have a look at The Vault for the full day!

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From the Bride… Cole and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our lives together so far. This meant great food, music, adventure, a lot of love and the most amazing family and friends supporting us. We had a long engagement and did a lot of the planning early on while living 2,000 miles apart! Believe it or not, the long distance planning process was really fun. We both grew up in Palo Alto, California so we considered some wedding venues closer to home, but we absolutely fell in love with Running Rabbit Ranch in Santa Rosa. We looked at eighteen different venues, and this one stood out the most to us. Perched on a hill and nestled in the vineyards, it was the perfect wine country wedding venue complete with white barns, old oak trees and goats a plenty.

Although there are hundreds of decisions to make during the wedding planning process, Cole and I felt that every decision we made felt “just right.” The decisions regarding the venue, our vendors, the ceremony, our vows and everything else came from our hearts and was a true reflection of what we value in life. We knew that we wanted to give our guests that quintessential summer wine country wedding experience while including some unique personal touches.

We honestly had a dream team of vendors! Jen, our photographer made us feel comfortable and at ease while taking photos in the 90+ degree weather. Brian from Ivy Hill Entertainment helped welcome our guests and set the mood with his acoustic guitar and singing. My stepfather officiated our ceremony on a high lawn overlooking the vineyards while goats and donkeys laughed along with us. We wrote our own vows and I surprised Cole with an engraved wedding band. The ceremony was an eloquent, funny and love-filled encapsulation of Cole and my relationship. We dined outside under an oak tree in the middle of the vineyards and had the most incredible farm to table food from the girl & the fig. I didn’t have a specific color palette or theme; I just wanted it to be fresh, clean and romantic. We were blown away by the flowers from Valley Flora, the floral arrangements were all so beautiful and were the cherry on top of our perfect day.

We had some DIY touches as well. Cole and I built all of the signs and table numbers and I hand lettered them. We also built the table assignment display using wood and chicken wire. Many trips to home depot were made, and we could not have done it all without the help of our parents. Cole infused the bourbon for his signature cocktail with thirty fresh peaches, which ended up being a guest favorite. One of the highlights of the day was our first dance, which took place in the opening of the barn on the hill above the dinner tables. We had a vision of dancing up in the barn while our family and friends were seated below, and our vendors were able to make it happen. There is nothing better in life than experiencing and sharing the love you have for your new spouse with those who mean the world to you. The entire day was so full of joy and love, and was the best day of our lives together so far! 

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Photography: Jen Philips Photography | Cinematography: EdgeFog Films | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Wedding Dress: Christos | Cake: Whole Foods | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Bands: J. August Jewelry | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Ties: Stafford | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Officiant: The Bride's Step-Father | Transportation: First Student Charter | Transportation: Rosie the Trolley | Wedding Venue: Running Rabbit Ranch | Bride's Shoes & Accessories: BHLDN | DJ & Musician: Ivy Hill Entertainment | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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