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Rustic Romance at Calamigos Ranch

We’re big fans of tradition ’round these parts. Especially when couples infuse their own new traditions into their Big Day, like these two lovebirds. From passing their rings around to guests at the ceremony for blessings and well wishes, to giving their mothers arrangements of lush blooms that they symbolically combined into one, they injected a deep meaning and powerful love into every moment. Head to the full gallery from Heidi Ryder Photography for more.


From Heidi Ryder PhotographyCandice and Perry’s day was full of so much emotion and love and incorporated all kinds of beautiful elements that added meaning to every part of the day. Even details such as the table numbers held tons of meaning, as they were empty bottles that guests were asked to fill with notes of advice, wisdom and encouragement for the couple to read on the anniversary that corresponded with the number on the bottle. Such a sweet and simple idea that will keep on giving!

The ceremony was one of the most beautiful and emotional that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Candice and Perry’s rings were placed into a small hollowed out book and passed from guest to guest while readings and vows were read. Having the couple’s family and friends warm their rings and bless them with well wishes and prayers heightened the meaning of a wedding ceremony and got everyone involved.

In addition to bridesmaids, Candice had “flower maids” whom walked down the aisle with two small flower arrangements and handed one each to both Candice and Perry’s mothers sitting at the end of the aisle. During the ceremony, Candice and Perry collected these flowers from their mothers and created one large and beautiful flower arrangement together. This took the place of a traditional candle lighting or sand ceremony and was a beautiful metaphor for the combining of two families.

This lovely pair met on and custom match books were placed at each table setting where guests were reminded that Canidce and Perry “met their match.” During the reception wine and tears of joy continued to flow before the dance floor filled up until the end of the night.

Photography: Heidi Ryder Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Violet Designs | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch - Ranch House | Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Coordination: Meadows Events | Linens: La Tavola

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Rustic Elegance at Cornerstone Sonoma

When you start to peel away all the layers of gorgeous in this ridiculously beautiful Sonoma soiree, you realize that because of all the personal and heartfelt touches dreamt up by this darling couple, you’ve started to love it like it was your very own wedding. Every sweet senitment tucked into this gallery beautifully captured by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography makes you fall in love with not only the wedding but the couple, leaving us with a wedding too special not to share.


From The Bride…We were inspired by one of our favorite Disney movies, Tangled. Tim and I are truly kids at heart and wanted our wedding to reflect the playfulness of the characters while capturing the ethereal fairytale feel that the animators portrayed in the movie with naturalist art and lush imagery.

Cornerstone provided the perfect modern storybook backdrop for our wedding with its beautiful gardens, lily pond, and rustic barn, with a fun twist of modern eclecticism in the form of unique outdoor sculptures, many of which were interactive. We simply added a dash of greenery, a mix of soft pastel florals, oodles of flowy tulle, and a bit of quirky stationary, and we had our own modern day fairytale wedding.

Tim and I knew that if we were going to have a full-blown wedding instead of eloping, that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to invite our guests into our life together as a couple. We had guests who had known us since the day Tim and I met in the dorms of UC Berkeley to friends of our parents who hadn’t seen us since we were children. Regardless of their roles in our lives, we were so grateful for every guest that could celebrate with us and in return, we want them to feel closer to us on our special day.

To that end, we made picture storyboards for each of the different stages of our 8 year relationship – starting from when we met in undergrad, to when Tim moved to Honolulu for medical school while I was in Los Angeles for pharmacy school, to all of our international adventures and then finally the proposal.

We also integrated some of our journey into the decorations that we set up in the gardens, such as the wooden directional sign that pointed to all of the cities we had lived and were going to live in (we moved cross-country to New York the week after we got married!). We also shared more intimate details, like the phrase “I love you. I love you more. I love you mostester. Rawr,” that was strung along the bushes leading guests to the ceremony site. It was our nightly ritual to say these words to each other before bed during our four years of long distance.

Then we sprinkled the day with details that just made Tim and me giddy. For me, I opted to serve pie instead of traditional wedding cake since that was a tradition in my family when we celebrated special events – birthday pies were the best! Tim elected to have the bar serve Abita beer since he went to high school in Louisiana where Abita beverages are a local favorite.
Most memorable moment of your wedding day?

The most memorable moment was definitely our vows. After being together for 8 years, you would think we knew everything about each other and there really wouldn’t be much else new to say, but when Tim opened up his little green book and started reading his vows to me that day, it was so raw, intense, and vulnerable that at that instant I could feel all 8 years of our love crystallized into that one moment. I could not have felt more love and in love at that moment.

Our advice for planning is 1. Make a wedding website together. Tim and I had a lot of fun working on our website together as a couple. Tim had given me free leeway to plan the wedding however I pleased (as long as I stuck to the budget), so I loved that this was a pre-wedding project that we were able to work on as a couple. Rummaging through old photos from our earlier years and spending the time to write out our story and proposal together gave us an opportunity to pause in the middle of all the wedding planning chaos and be nostalgic for a moment. We were also excited to showcase our engagement photos from Josh that we loved so much. Practically speaking, the website also provided useful information for guests, so it was a win all around.
We used Wix, which worked out great since it was free and gave us the flexibility to really customize the site to our liking (

2. Speaking of Josh, it’s so important to choose a photographer that puts you at ease. Tim and I must have interviewed at least a dozen photographers, all with great profiles, but Josh’s cheerful smile, sweet disposition, and dork-tastic personality ultimately won us over. These characteristics definitely made a huge difference on the final images he captured. For any Friends fans, Tim has the Chandelier Bing curse – where a handsome guy can turn into an incredibly awkward-smiling stranger in front of a professional photographer. I was worried that this would happen during our engagement session, but Josh had us laughing and enjoying ourselves the entire time, which came through in the pictures.

3. Hire a videographer. Tim was originally on the fence about hiring a videographer, but probably gave in because he knows I have horrible memory and would need video evidence that we got married. Hands down, one of the best decisions we made. It’s wonderful to be able to re-watch such a happy day.

Enjoy the ceremony. I feel like the ceremony is always the highlight of the day. It’s not about the location or decorations, but rather the people, the vows, and the moment. Everything else that follows during the day is just icing on the cake, or in my case, meringue on the pie!

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Videographer: Kessler Films | Wedding Planner: Signature Events By Christina Romero | Floral Design: Pretty In Pink Events | Cake: Sweetie Pie's | Invitations: Friend Of The Family | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine B2 Dress From Blossoms Bridal And Formal | Catering: Alex's Catering | DJ: Imagesource Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Express | Bride's Dress: Watters - Via Epiphany Boutique | Bride's Hair And Makeup: Moderne Beauty | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Ring Bearer Dish: Paloma's Nest | Wedding Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma

DIY Pebble Beach Wedding

Bright, beachy and filled to the gills with adorable DIY details that will make you rush to Pinterest and get to pinning, this Pebble Beach beauty is one for the books. And with Eliza J. Photography behind the lens? We are left with a gallery that is as good as they get. See it all here.


From Eliza J. Photography….This wedding was an absolute dream to shoot. Even the weather would suggest so! The beach had a slight fog leaving all attendees feeling like we were floating on a cloud for the day. Jami and Steve did not miss a beat with their planning. Jami and her beautiful bridesmaids, along with her mother planned this wedding themselves and put it all together from top to bottom! They did the floral arranging, the invitations, the paper goods and table settings…they did it all themselves! I could not believe what a caring and kind bride Jami was and how stress free she seemed the day of her own wedding! With family flying in from London, busses towing guests to and from the beach, tables to set, decorations to put up and flowers to arrange, bridezilla was no where to be found that day! We absolutely love how Jami adorned herself and all her bridesmaids in matching monogrammed cardigans. What a perfect solution to a blustery California beach day! We are certain you will love all the homemade details as much as we did!

Photography: Eliza J. Photography | Flowers: Swenson And Silacci | Wedding Dress: The White Dress In Corona Del Mar | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | DJ: Steve Prelsnick | Venue: Private Residence For Rent