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Boho Chic Has Never Looked So Pretty

A vibrant wildflower flower crown, colorful cowboy boots, a pretty lace wedding dress, sunflowers all around and rustic wood elements — it doesn’t get any more bohemian chic than this. And with photos from Anne-Claire Brun Photography, it doesn’t get any prettier, either. Head to The Vault to see them all!

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From Anne-Claire BrunI had never attended a wedding so colorful and filled with so many flowers! Larissa is a elementary teacher and William’s a fireman. Their ceremony was right at sunset, surrounded by hundreds of flowers and their vows were beautiful.

The venue, River Ridge Ranch, was so gorgeous! I loved the rustic feel and the romantic vibe throughout the entire day, and please, check out the arch of flowers! Talk about incredible!

From The Bride…William and Larissa met on a church trip when they were 16. She called him a cowboy, he thought she was a girly girl. Fast Forward to SIX YEARS LATER…William walks into Starbucks where Larissa is studying. She notices a “country-lookin man” from the corner of her eye, and hoped he would notice her. Little did she know it was William Wells. They talked for two and a half hours that day, met up that night at a concert and the next day realized they had so much in common: a love for the outdoors, the country side, Springville, hiking, the river, coffee, bright colored running shoes, all types of music, and of course Alan Jackson. He picked her a wild sunflower every time they were together after that. They fell in love and the rest is history. Only 8 1/2 months later he asked her to marry him and of course she said yes! Its crazy to think that William Wells grew up only five minutes from Larissa his whole life, and that he would soon marry the girl next door.

March 12th, 2015. It was a gorgeous spring day and I (Larissa) was home visiting for the weekend. William planned a day full of many surprises, a day I will always remember. We both find joy in God’s beautiful creation, so naturally, he planned a picnic for us on the cattle ranch that his family manages. We picked up food from Orange Works, our favorite place to eat in town. As we finished up our picnic under a beautiful oak tree, he took me to another spot on the ranch. As we walked into a beautiful field of wildflowers, we began to pick wildflower bouquets (one of my favorite things to do). As we picked the flowers, he began to talk to me about things he looks forward to in our future, when we get married, and what he loves about me. We came across a rare batch of yellow daisies that I thought were so beautiful. I hugged him and felt his heart beating fast, which made me think something was going on. As I began to walk away I said, “I’m going to pick more wildflowers.” Very smoothly he replied, “Can I ask you a question first?” He got down on one knee and my immediate reaction was, “Is this really happening right now? Are you kidding me? Are you serious? Oh my gosh!” He said yes, and then asked me, “Larissa Jade Clem, will you marry me, be my wife, and become Larissa Jade Wells?” And of course I said YES! He then put the most beautiful ring I have ever seen on my finger. After a moment of taking in the fact that he just proposed to me, my friend Brittney and William’s sister Bekah came out from behind a rock taking photos of us. We continued to take pictures in the wildflowers where he proposed. Afterwards he had yet another surprise: an engagement party with both of our families and close friends! It was a day full of such joy , celebration, and love. I am beyond grateful that God brought the man of my dreams, William Wells, into my life to spend forever with.

The planning process was a complete JOY! It has always been a dream of mine to become a wedding decorator/planner myself someday, so planning my very own was a blast! I enjoyed putting a lot of thought into every little detail. My favorite part was figuring out what would make our wedding unique to us as a couple.

I would like to call my wedding style a mixture of country, bohemian, wildflowers, and rustic. My wedding style was inspired by mine and William’s upbringing living in a small country town. We both grew up in the same small town on ranches. So naturally, we decided to make our wedding fit our lifestyles and what showed our personalities the most. Hence, my groom wore blue jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. I LOVE wildflowers. Spring time in our small town is absolutely beautiful with wildflowers blanketing the hills. I wanted my wedding to encompass a wildflower theme with bright colors and flowers. I wanted it to look cheerful and happy. I love bright colors, so of course my wedding had to be colorful too!

My favorite moment of the day was saying my personalized vows. There were so many feelings leading up to that moment– nerves, excitement, tears of joy, happiness. When I was finally looking into the eyes of my groom and noticed how his eyes were locked on mine, I felt so incredibly loved and cared for…I felt like the most beautiful bride in his eyes. As I said the last part of my vows, I looked up and noticed how beautiful the sun looked shining through the trees and I felt warmth and a deep sense of love from the creator and from my groom. This is the part of my vows that stands out to me, “William, before our friends and family, and before God as we are surrounded by His beautiful creation—I vow all of these things to you, I commit my heart and faithfulness to you fully and truly as your wife for as long as we both shall live.”

Processional:
For wedding party: Cowboys and Angels by Dustin Lynch
Bride processional: From this Moment On by Shania Twain
Recessional: True Love is a Golden Ring by Alan Jackson
First Dance: Look at Me by Alan Jackson

I played mostly country western music at my wedding, but later in the night during the reception we played hip-hop dancing music too (when I busted out the pink high top nikes)!

My advice for those who are planning now would be to make the wedding reflect who you are as a couple. Also, spend extra for the little details that matter most to you, like flowers, photography and so on. Enjoy the process…It may seem like the wedding planning is daunting or overwhelming at times (especially towards the end), but every effort is so worth it in the end when you see your dreams and hard work come to life! Another thing I didn’t realize would happen is how emotional I was the day before and the day of my wedding. The smallest things easily upset me because I was overwhelmed by emotions and the busyness of it all. But don’t worry, it happens! Try not to let those little things bother you. It is your day, the biggest day of your life! Smile and remember the reason why you’re getting married– to spend forever with the love of your life. And that is what it’s all about!

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Photography: Anne-Claire Brun Photography | Cinematography: Matrimony-Media | Cinematography: Luke Severn | Event Design: Tia Weemes | Event Planning: Bride | Floral Design: Lisa Gammel | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Martha Medina | Jewelry: Special Occasions | Makeup: Alyssa Villanueva | Hair: Jenny Aldaco | DJ: Ben Weemes | Groom's Attire: Laredo | Officiant: Kyle Rice | Venue: River Ridge Ranch | Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture | Bride’s Shoes: Old Gringo | Groom’s Ring: Etsy by Maggidesigns

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A Teenage Love Story with a Surprise Twist 58 Year Later!

When Audrey and Elvie married at just 17 and 18 years old, they knew they love was the real deal. 58 years later, their children and grandchildren helped throw the surprise of their life. Their event planner granddaughter, who works with Alluring Events & Design organized a backyard vow renewal officiated by their son with three generations of family in attendance. Wendy Warrick photographed, and it’s a true testament to the beauty of marriage.

From Alluring Events + DesignAt the ages of 15 and 16 Audrey and Elvie met in church and started dating, it didn’t take long for them to realize their love for each other. At the time, Elvie drove a black 1950 Mercury that he kept in pristine condition (a very cool car for a 16 year old boy). One day he decided he’d use orange paint and paint “Audrey” across the passenger door so the world would know that Audrey was his girl. Just a few short years later, on June 21, 1958, at the ages of 17 and 18, Audrey and Elvie were married in Porterville California.

Fast-forward 58 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren later to June 21, 2016 and you get an unforgettable anniversary surprise. Their grand daughter, Rachele, a planner with Alluring Events + Design, along with the help of her family, designed and planned a surprise 58th anniversary vow renewal for their ‘Nana and Papa’.

“Earlier in the day we arrived at Nana and Papa’s house and got them ready for the big day, it was hard to keep the secret and get them all dolled up in dress clothes on a 95 degree day, but they went along with the surprise and trusted our excited (and mysterious) expressions.”

The first surprise of the day was a styled photo shoot just for the two of them. Next they were whisked off to a second location and kept inside until the reveal of the next big surprise was ready; the vow renewal in the backyard of their daughter’s home. It was an evening filled with tears and laughter as they walked down the aisle and recommitted their love and lives to each other. Their son officiated the intimate ceremony and their 3 generations of family watched in the seats behind them. Audrey and Elvie were absolutely surprised by the events of the day; each moment was a rush of emotion and joy.

“We wanted the evening to be just like Nana and Papa; Sweet, simple and a little bit country. The details and décor we chose were intentional and thought through; each piece had a purpose and represented them. Nana’s favorite shades of blue adorned the table and fruit picking baskets were used in the centerpieces to reflect their newlywed years when they spent hours each day working in the fields and orchards picking fruit together to support their young family. Vintage china, antique chairs, galvanized elements and shabby accents helped bring in the ‘country cottage’ feel that Nana and Papa love. Even the dinner we chose was a meal full of their favorite foods; fried chicken, honey cornbread, chicken and dumplings, fried okra and bacon green beans, with sweet tea and lemonade to drink plus peach, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies for dessert, yum!”

The love was palpable and it was clear that Audrey and Elvie had created a legacy of love and people who adored them in every way. They are a shinning example of unconditional love and devotion. It was a magical evening with memories that will be cherished forever. “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be”.


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Photography: Weddings by Wendy Warrick | Floral Design: Alluring Events & Design | Venue: At Home | Dessert Cookies: Yellow Kitchen Cakes | Event Planning, Design, Styling + Coordination: Alluring Events & Design | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Signage: Throne | Tabletop Rentals: Botanica Events by Audrey Chaney

A Romantic Cave Was Their Cozy Reception Venue!

This couple’s “how we met” story is irony at its best. “Our journey began with a firm handshake and a strong drink on a weekday. He was an attorney. I was in law school working as a paralegal. By the time we got married, we were both divorce attorneys…go figure.” And while you might not peg these two as romantics, you’d be wrong because there wedding day captured by Mirelle Carmichael and Dax Victorino Films is about as wildly romantic as it gets. See it all, including the bride’s stunning dress from Haute Bride in The Vault.

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From The Bride…Our journey began with a firm handshake and a strong drink on a weekday. He was an attorney. I was in law school working as a paralegal. By the time we got married, we were both divorce attorneys…go figure.

Tristan proposed in my sister and brother-in-law’s backyard after a sushi date night. I was completely surprised. When we walked into their backyard, there were flowers, candles, wine barrels, pictures of us, streams of lights hanging from the oak tree, all while our song played around us. After he popped the question (and a bottle of Champagne), all of our loved ones walked outside to greet us. Unbeknownst to me, our family and best friends had been watching from the upstairs window. This moment was extra special because a month earlier my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and had been released from the hospital a week prior. To see him walk out into the backyard instantly filled my eyes with tears. Lucky for us, the entire moment was captured on film.

After a year of planning with Lara, from Sealed with a Kiss Events, Tristan and I said our “I do’s” at the beautiful Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, with 160 of our closest family and friends.

On the morning of our big day, Tristan had each of his groomsmen deliver a gift to me every hour for six hours, with the last gift being from his father, also his Best Man. He made the anticipation to see him grow exponentially. As Tristan and I decided our first-look would be at the altar, I planned a first-look with my dad in a cute little church connected to the resort. Everyone was in tears as I walked down the aisle to meet my dad. It is a moment I will never forget.

My brother-in-law, who holds a special place to Tristan and I, officiated our wedding and set the tone for the rest of the day. Our ceremony was in the resort’s vineyard, while our reception was underground in the resort’s man made cave.

It was incredible watching our vision come to life. The way to Tristan’s heart is with an old classic novel and a good, tasty bourbon. This became our theme. From the bourbon bar with Tristan’s favorite bourbons, to the personally engraved brass bookmarks for each of our guests, the feeling of an old gentleman’s library came to life. And of course, our wedding would not be complete without a good donut display for our guests.

It was truly the best day of our lives. It was filled with more love and support than ever anticipated. It was a perfect start to the rest of our lives.

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Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Cinematography: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning: Lara Kreutner | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Haute Bride | Hair: Artistry in Hair | Band: Moonshiner Collective | Favors: Snappin Engraving Snappin Studio | Venue: The Meritage Resort And Spa | Bridesmaid Bracelets: Frosted Willow on Etsy | Bridesmaid Hair + Makeup: Dolled Up Services | Rentals: Michael Hensley Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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