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Stop Everything: This Couple Had a Pillow Fight in the Woods

Yes, you read the title correctly. Instead of going the traditional route for their engagement session this couple opted for a pillow fight in the woods. If that doesn’t hook you right off the bat then these captures should do the trick, all thanks to The Vondys. It’s a playful, crazy fun engagement session that we’re completely smitten with. See it all in The Vault!


From The Vondys….JD was a working actor in Manhattan. While casting a show, JD’s roommate came across their casting call and decided to invite his roommates to the audition, neglecting to tell them that it was for a reality show. They rushed to the audition, just as Kelsey was getting back from lunch waiting in the elevator. They ran in, making the elevator just in time. Fate would forever change Kelsey & JD’s lives.

From The Bride…However, JD was not into the actual audition once he found out that it was for a reality-type show. So what does he do? He “acts” his way through the audition, pretending to be Malibu the gladiator, claiming he is really only interested in “beaches & babes”. From that day on, he became the “beaches & babes guy” in our department! I clicked with these three guys immediately and knew I could be friends with them. I was fairly new to the city without many friends (and a crazy room mate that I needed to get far away from). After several months, they had a room open up in their house that they needed to sublet to someone and reached out to me knowing about my current living situation. I accepted and became the “New Girl”…yes, it was just like Jess from New Girl situation. It was then, once we started living under the same roof, that a relationship started between JD and I, and we have lived together ever since, and always will. (Super cheesy, unconventional, and our favorite love story of all time) p.s. Once my casting director got wind that I was dating someone, she called me over to her desk and said, “Kelsey, I heard you were dating someone….care to tell me who it is?” I was like, “What are you talking about?” When she exclaimed, “ARE YOU DATING THE BEACHES AND BABES GUY!???” It was one of the funniest moments of my life!

We have been together for 6 years this year, so as crazy as it sounds, I have been planning our wedding (well the design part at least) since year 1, when I knew it was him I would see at the end of the aisle. We are both very free-spirited, creative, fun, and we goof around a lot. One day I was diving into the black hole of Pinterest, pinning wedding ideas left and right that pertain to our style, when I randomly came across these two little kids jumping on a bed with feathers flying, laughing, having a pillow fight. That moment, a light bulb in my head lit up and I turned to JD and said, “We must have an adult pillow fight for our engagement session!” He loved it. We both knew that we didn’t want it to be the conventional bedroom pillow fight though (because anyone who knows us, knows that we are always going against the grain). We both decided that we love the forest, and since we are also getting married in a forest-like setting, we deemed it the most appropriate to have our pillow fight in the woods in California!

Be yourself and stay true to who you are as a couple. JD and I, like I said, are wild, free, creative, and joke around a lot. We really wanted that to be portrayed through our engagement photos. Knowing we were going to be using them for our Save The Dates, we wanted to give people a taste of the fun they will have to look forward to at our wedding! We have since decided to include feathers throughout our wedding decor as well, so we will have a feather in each envelope of our save the dates. Think about those little details when you are planning your engagement session. Are you using these photos for your save the date? Will they reflect the “theme” of your wedding, or portray the tone you want set for your guests? But number one, always remember to have fun while planning and during the session!

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Photography: The Vondys. | Design: Piece By Paz | Venue: Los Angeles CA

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First They Designed Her Engagement Ring. Then They Designed Their Dream Wedding.

This Bride and Groom are living an absolute fairytale. After they designed this stunner of an engagement ring together, they set off to plan one beautiful Santa Barbara wedding. With vendors like Michael + Anna Costa PhotographyRedmond Digital MediaBacara Resort & SpaAMFMDrunken Pixel and Jenny Yoo, their big day was an absolute dream. Head to The Vault to experience all the magic for yourself!

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From The Bride…Christian and I met our sophomore year of college on our way to a winter formal dance with friends and started dating shortly after. We finally decided we were ready to get married eight years later. We designed my engagement ring together so I never thought he would be able to pull of a surprise proposal. Almost everyday I asked him if the jewelers said when the ring was going to be ready. On New Year’s Eve I asked him again and he replied, “They said they were delayed due to the holidays and it will be about 2 more weeks.” I was a little bummed out but still very excited. That night we were hosting a New Years Eve party with a ton of our friends. One friend who is a photographer said she wanted to take pictures of us all in the backyard because Christian had bought these cool sparklers and they would make for some great long exposure shots. Of course I read nothing into it because I completely believed the ring wasn’t ready. All of the sudden mid picture Christian grabs the sparkler out of my hand and hands it off to our friend. He took my hand and pulled me in front everyone. Then it finally hit me, this is the night! I immediately started crying as Christian got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. He started getting choked up too and was having a hard time beginning to speak. I blurted out, “You lied to me!” Everyone laughed and it broke his nervousness. He gave me the sweetest proposal, and I said yes! He then asked everyone to turn and wave to the security camera in our backyard. He had called everyone in both families, even aunts, uncles and cousins to give them the web link to our security camera so they could all watch the live-streaming proposal! It was so special that everyone was able to watch. We quickly started touring venues in Santa Barbara and when we came to the Bacara for a tour, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. Unfortunately they were booked a year out as the Bacara’s coordinator reviewed the bookings for 2015. “I’ll be right back to double check if there have been any changes.” He and I sat down outside, said a quick prayer and anxiously waited. When she came back, someone had called that day and cancelled their spot in August! We were overjoyed and reserved the date on the spot. The wedding was spectacular. We left for our honeymoon in Bora Bora the next day.

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Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Event Planning: Attention To Detail | Floral Design: Rockrose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston | Cake: Room For Cake | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Unveiled Makeup & Hair | Band: AMFM | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | String Quartet: Dolce Quartet | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Gelato Stand: Via Maestro | Honeymoon: Hilton: Bora Bora | Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel

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Inspired By Tuscany, This Couple Recreated That Magic For Their Big Day

As their photographer Coco Tran said so well, “there are beautiful representations of love around the world, though nothing quite so magical as the rolling green hills, vibrant vineyards and mouthwatering foods of Tuscany,” and so this couple took that Italian inspiration and ran with it. With the help of Whitney Nelson Events and Poppystone Designs they created a magical vineyard celebration and with the Bride beaming (thanks to Bella Bridal), we have a gallery that we’re not leaving anytime soon – see it all in our Vault right here!

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From Coco TranThere are beautiful representations of love around the world, though nothing quite so magical as the rolling green hills, vibrant vineyards and mouthwatering foods of Tuscany. As the most romantic destination the couple was fortunate enough to travel to, they were inspired to recreate that inclusive magic for their friends and families closer to home in beautiful Sonoma. Inspired by simple, yet flavorful cuisine, fresh and colorful florals with a hint of antique gold and soft lighting, their intimate wedding was designed to bring everyone closer in the celebration of love and family.

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Photography: Coco Tran | Event Planning + Design: Whitney Nelson Events | Floral Design: Poppystone Designs | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Catering: Alex Catering | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal | Lighting: Twilight | DJ: Wine Country Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Jacuzzi Vineyard | Lighting (Barrel Room): The Lux | Officant: Reverand Tim Mills | Reception Paper Products: Reply By Design Studios | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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