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Malibu Beach Engagement Session

You know how photographers talk about that golden hour? Those precious moments when natural light is king and every image is so pretty you could kiss it? This right here is a little case study in that golden hour magic with Jessica Mae Photography as our guide. She took to the beach along with Hay and Honey for an engagement session you can find living happily in The Vault.

From Jessica Mae Photography… Shooting at the golden hour on a beach in Malibu= pure magic! It was the perfect day. With a gorgeous dress from Free People, a great invitation suite from Hay and Honey and a gorgeous couple in love, it couldn’t have been any better! It’s a great day when you have clients who love pictures and who are willing to do anything to have them happen – and these two weren’t any exception! Even though there were a bunch of people around, we were able to make it feel like these two were alone – and they have eyes only for each other!

Photography: Jessica Mae Photography | Floral Design: Jessica Mae Cortes | Wedding Dress: Free People | Calligraphy: Hay And Honey | Venue: El Matador State Beach | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Rustic + Romantic Summer Wedding at Cornerstone Gardens

There are some weddings that are romantic, some elegant, some emotional, some super sweet…and then there are those that hit every single one of those notes brilliantly, and this Sonoma celebration is one of them. Coordinated by Sugar Rush Events, this summer wedding shined bright with love and laughter and Jasmine Lee captured it all. Bring a smile to your face with all the goodies in the Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Mark and I knew we wanted an outdoor summer wedding in wine country. We instantly fell in love with Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma and booked it the week we got engaged! We loved the different spaces within the property – the vineyard lawn and lily pond, the rustic barn, the white tent elegantly lit up by string lights. We were also amazed by the unique art pieces and installations throughout the property. Made for some very memorable wedding pictures!

On the morning of the wedding, we held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at my parents’ house. The bride and groom kneel before their elder relatives and serve them tea as a sign of respect. In turn, the relatives give the happy couple red envelopes with money or jewelry inside. I wore a custom-fitted, red “cherng sam” made of lace and beautiful gold beading, as well as gold bracelets and necklaces passed on to me by my mother and mother-in-law. (Their mothers had passed it on to them on their wedding day so this was really special!) To celebrate Mark’s Hawaiian heritage, his aunt presented us with fresh white orchid leis, symbolizing a new chapter of life and love.

The theme of our wedding was rustic and romantic. We chose a simple palette of neutral colors (ivory, champagne, blush) and my bridesmaids all chose different dresses. I loved how the various colors, textures, and fabrics photographed! To complement the ladies, Mark and his groomsmen wore blue suits, brown Oxfords, and matching gray Donegal wool ties from J.Crew. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, we said our vows and took communion together facing the lily pond. After cocktail hour in the barn patio, guests made their way to the tent reception where Park Avenue Catering served up a delicious family-style meal. With amber-colored up-lighting, vintage banquette sofas, and cocktail tables, the night ended with dancing in the barn.

We are so grateful for our amazing vendors who, from the beginning, understood our vision for the day and helped us bring it to life. Kristen Jensen from Sugar Rush Events made sure everything ran smoothly and was more than accommodating throughout the entire planning process. Sophie Lau from Petals by Sophie did an incredible job using peonies, garden roses, eucalyptus, and dusty miller for our bouquets and wedding decor. Each table centerpiece had a pop of color that nicely contrasted with the white tablecloths, walnut-colored chairs and table numbers, and individual menus printed on Kraft paper. Last but not least, we were so happy to have gorgeous images by Jasmine Lee Photography to remember all the little moments that seemed to fly by so fast. Thank you Jasmine and Nathalie!

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Coordination: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: Petals By Sophie | Wedding Dress: Coan Couture | Cake: Mazzetti's Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Makeup: Lela Nguyen | Hair: Lela Nguyen | Groom's Attire: Thick As Thieves LA | Venue: Cornerstone Gardens | Hair Accessories: David's Bridal | MC/DJ: Verducci Event Productions

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Shades of Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Friends, this wedding is one you want to sit down and really get to know. It’s layered in the richest shades of blue (those bridesmaids!) as a nod to the oceanside Bacara Resort & Spa setting, and sprinkled with steal-worthy ideas like the mosaic tile place cards. Carly Rae WeddingsBob Gail Special EventsPrimary Petals and Jessica Burke are just a few of the vendors who made it all happen, and The Vault is your go-to for every last image.

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From The Bride… I had a very distinct vision in my mind when it came to planning our wedding…light and flowy, with many Spanish style touches. It took a few months of workshopping the exact look we wanted, but were incredibly delighted with how the vision came to life. As a wedding photographer, I already had my list of preferred vendors, and to see everyone work together the months prior and on the actual wedding day was very satisfying because it reaffirmed why we are all in this business.

My bridesmaids all wore various shades of blue, since we had the ocean as our ceremony backdrop. I wanted the colors of their dresses to blend into the scene. Their white and green bouquets were wrapped in frou frou chic ribbon that really flowed with their dresses. Matt and his groomsmen all wore midnight blue tuxedos with gorgeous ranunculus boutonnieres.

Matt and I traveled to Cabo San Lucas on one of our first trips together and fell in love with the bougainvillea lined streets and star lanterns in restaurants, and very much wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. I thought of ordering Mexican tiles for the escort tiles in the colors of the wedding. I had our wonderful calligrapher hand write everyone’s names on the front of the tiles so that they could save it as a favor. Carly and her team created a stunning mosaic style pattern to display the tiles.

The ballroom was meant to feel like a cabana – with flowy white draping and palm trees everywhere. We worked with Primary Petals to design a backdrop for the stage, and it turned out beautifully! The star lanterns hanging from above the dance floor were like the icing on the cake, it really set the mood as far as incorporating the spanish touches.

We had a lot of family coming from as far as Spain, so we knew we wanted the weekend to have as much partying as possible, so we organized welcome drinks following our rehearsal dinner. We were able to set the mood with spanish style music, hanging lanterns and string lights, and gorgeous blooms.

On our many trips to Santa Barbara, we frequent Enjoy Cupcakes quite a bit, and so it was a no-brainer to include them in our wedding. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the cupcakes, cakes, and cobblers, and we made sure to provide custom to-go boxes for them to take home as much as they wanted. Ultimately, the weekend flew by, and was incredibly magical. We had the most amazing time surrounded by our friends and family.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Cinematography: Lovespun Films | Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Invitations: Walnut Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Joanna August | Makeup: Leah Washuta | Hair: Shaylee Blatz At Nine Zero One Salon | Calligraphy: Graceline Art - Jenny Sanders | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony Music & Reception Band: Bob Gail Special Events | Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes | Flower Girl Dresses: Fattie Pie | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Signage: Sweet NC Collective | Staging & Draping: Bella Vista Designs | Tiles: Tierra Y Fuego | Wedding Dress & Veil: Felicity Couture Bridal - Custom Gown

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Rustic + Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Devine Ranch

Brimming with the rustic charm of Devine Ranch, Seascape Flowers‘ luscious late spring blooms, and the sheer elegance only a long sleeve lace gown and cathedral length veil (a la Kate Middleton!) can provide, this outdoor affair from BluElla Photography got it oh-so right in every way. We’ve got it all, from the Bride’s The Hair & Makeup Co. beauty look, to the sweetest garden rose adorned cake, all in the gallery here!

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From Devine Ranch… This lovely June wedding had all the right Devine Ranch details from rustic wood farm tables, to a rolls royce vintage car, and adorable moments with a horse.

From The Bride…What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? My husband and I both knew we didn’t want a long engagement and felt if we were open minded we could plan our dream wedding in just 6.5 months. We always knew we both wanted a traditional church wedding ceremony and then move to an outdoor venue near our favorite beach town. We also knew we wanted to get married in late spring/early summer as the weather is usually warm and the days are longer. After our engagement on Thanksgiving Day, we started the planning immediately and the first thing you do is find a venue. “Rustic, Elegant and Causal Chic” were the words that came to mind when looking for our venue. Also, my husband grew up in the country and I grew up riding horses so something of an outdoor ranch was the perfect setting for the laid back vibe we wanted for our guests. We only looked at one venue, Devine Ranch, and we immediately knew this was our dream venue.

What inspired your color palette and your style vision? I knew I wanted soft colors such as light pinks, blushes, ivory and greys. I also wanted the colors to blend in, in a way that was easy and would not take away from the beauty of the ranch itself. My style vision of my dress was loosely based off of Princess Catherine’s gown. I loved the traditional look with the sleeves and lace, and also wanted something that would work on an equestrian ranch.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? I am not the most crafty or creative person, but with a little inspiration from Pinterest and the help of our wedding coordinator, we did have a few unique details that we added to the day. One of my favorites was the individual wrapped smores bags that were placed on an old printing tray filled with coffee beans. It was such an elegant look to the smore station as well as an interactive activity for the guests. Another unique element was that we had family style dinner, as opposed to everything plated. It was a fun part of the night to see all our family and friends interacting and sharing a meal together.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail? My favorite moment was the time we had just the two of us right after the ceremony, driving to the venue. It was about a 20 minute car ride in a Vintage Rolls Royce convertible! Leaving the church, with the top down, waving to all our guests made us feel like royalty! Not only was it luxurious, it was such a wonderful opportunity to share a tender moment where we were able to connect and just be with the two of us. Looking back on the favorite crafted detail I would have to say is our wedding favors. My husband is from Vermont, which is known for its Maple Syrup. He is such a “syrup snob”, SO we decided to give our guests little bottles of Maple Syrup from Vermont in a burlap bag along with Italian waffle cookies (Pizzelles). Not only was it a perfect combination of both of us, we wanted something they could use later and remember our wedding day! Our guests loved it too!

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. I hate to brag- but I really did have the “Dream Team” when it came to my vendors! I can’t imagine the day going as perfectly as it did, without each and every one of them. From my amazing wedding coordinator, Cassie at CRE Events, who kept the day running so smoothly to my awesome florist, Darcy at Seascape Flowers who made the most incredible bouquets and boutonnieres for the guys, and my very talented hair and make up team, The Hair and Makeup Co, I felt like the day was seamless! The cake was a beautiful two tier cake from a local favorite, Gayle’s Bakery. But my wedding dress was my favorite of them all. It was a gorgeous lace gown with sleeves by Allure and I felt absolutely beautiful in it!

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be? I can honestly say that our wedding day was the best day of our lives. We still are re-living every moment and look back at our amazing photos all the time! I would tell future brides to remember this day should reflect the two of them and to not stress the small stuff. Also, I remember my dad telling me in the very beginning, right after our engagement “if you expect the best, something is bound to go wrong. Nothing is ever perfect. But if you aim for good, the process becomes more genuine and authentic, so it will become perfectly you and you may even be surprised with how perfect the day may be.” And by taking his advice- that’s exactly the experience we had!

Photography: BluElla Photography | Event Planning: Cassy Rose Events | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Cake: Gayles Bakery | Catering: Michaels Catering | DJ: Santa Cruz DJ | Band: Rhythm Rangellers | Transportation: Corinthian Transporation | Venue: Devine Ranch | Beauty: The Hair & Makeup Co | Beverages: Mills Wine Group | Rentals: Chic Event Rental | Restrooms: OES Luxury Mobile Restrooms

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Whimsical San Francisco Engagement Session

Well my friends, this is one crafty couple. If they created these fab props for their engagement shoot, I can only imagine what their wedding will entail. But until then, I’m quite happy spending some quality time with Jasmine Lee’s pics and getting all sorts of giddy ideas, from the enormous balloons to the light up marquee. Get ready to perk up your Pinterest boards immediately with these pics right here!

From the Bride-to-be…“I think we need to rent a Uhaul” – Nancy
“….Wait what?” – Dustin

That was the conversation that sparked a single creative idea into an entire engagement photo shoot. Balloons, big 36” balloons were the idea. So I had this vision, a vision to stand out amongst a lot of the engagement photo shoots I’ve seen. I’ve worked with Jasmine Lee Photography before, and while all her work is amazing, I wanted something extra that would make our pictures pop (pun intended). So I had this idea of having some balloons. Now, these weren’t just any balloons, they had to be 36” yoga ball sized balloons. My fiancé Dustin thought this was insane. Even more so, was the fact that we needed a Uhaul to carry the pre-blown balloons to our photo shoot sites. So I convinced him to rent this Uhaul; of course he had to drive it. And I must say, trying to find parking with a Uhaul is quite difficult, but fortunately for us, the parking karma gods were in our favor. The Uhaul proved to be a really great idea, because we ended up using it as a changing room for our two locations, Park Tavern, and Golden Gate Park.

Phase 1: Park Tavern. It was a really nice shoot. What made this special was the fact that live patrons surrounded us, so we were in a very natural setting. Additionally, this was the café that Dustin and I had our first date, so it was definitely meaningful and special.

Phase 2: Conservatory of Flowers. What a beautiful setting this was, especially since we were chasing the sun, the natural non-direct light gave it a extra nice golden touch. The balloons were an instant hit and crowd pleaser. Spectators around us were in absolute awe on how nice the balloons looked. Jasmine took multiple shots of us in various locations utilizing the balloons to it’s maximum potential. When we were ready for our last few shots, Dustin tied the balloons down to a backpack so that we could get ourselves ready for the last shoot with the marquee letters. We turned away for about 5 seconds, turned back to check on the balloons, and sure enough, they were gone. Completely missing and out of sight. I guess he didn’t tie the balloons tight enough so they all flew away. Sigh – he felt really bad. Bye-bye big 36” balloons. We were a bit attached to them by now, but they floated into space by this time. Lucky for us, we got all the pictures we needed. Onto Phase 3 of the photo shoot…

Phase 3: Marquee letters. By this time it was about 8ish and the sun was practically gone. The mosquitos started to invade the area so we now had to finish our last shoot before we got eaten alive. So here’s the back story behind these DIY marquee letters… I like to think of myself as a creative cat. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on buying marquee letters, so I started to read tutorials on how to build these letters at home. I told my fiancé about it and he wasn’t convinced they would look nice, but ended up helping me build them anyways. So we went to JoAnne’s (Fabric and Textiles) and picked up these big 12” block marquee cutouts. From there, we drilled holes in each letter for the round bulb lights to fit in. Next up, we spray painted the base coat and then went with sparkly gold spray paint to finish the letters. Last step, we screwed all the lights in the letters and plugged them into a power generator – voila! They turned out beautiful. As you can see, Jasmine did a fantastic job utilizing her flash and the ground flowers, which popped out and were a great complement to these pictures.

By the time the shoot ended, it was practically pitch dark, and we all were ready for some food and called it a day. The entire process took a lot of creativity, planning and execution. My fiancé did a great job sticking with the plan and executing as well. In the end, Dustin and I were completely thrilled and amazed with the pictures. Jasmine put her expertise and special touches in, which resulted in an amazing shoot. We couldn’t be more thankful for Jasmine, the balloons, and of course, the Uhaul.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Padis Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Nancy Hua | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Floral Dress: Rent The Runway | Park Venue: Conservatory Of Flowers | Red Dress: Bebe | Restaurant Venue: Park Tavern SF

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