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Dreaming in a Lavender Field Wedding Inspiration

Do you dream of lavender fields? I know I sure do, and after scrolling through this gallery, I’m certain you will too. With Sally Pinera and Oak And The Owl behind the vision, it’s an inspo bursting with elegant details, lush blooms, and lots of lovely light. It’s pretty with a purpose and you can soak up the entire scene right over here!

From Oak And The Owl… Using the lavender fields at Highland Springs Resort as a springboard of inspiration, Sally and I came up with a natural and romantic shoot in a palette of dusty purples and burnished golds. The stunning gown paired with the delicate gold headpiece worked perfectly with the tonal floral arrangements and tabletop. Keeping with the natural, yet elegant aesthetic, we brought in the perfect vintage rentals with frayed silk, exposed tufting knots, and beautifully worn woods. Tying all the details together were the incredibly beautiful hand painted botanical drawings for our day of paper-goods suite. Highland Springs Resort is such a wonderful venue for outdoor weddings. There are so many little nooks to utilize for different parts of your wedding, and they all have a wild, yet contained, outdoors feel for that effortless wedding!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Wedding Gown: Samuelle Couture | Calligraphy: Wildfield Paper Co. | Venue: Highland Springs Resort | Coordination, Design And Florals: Oak And The Owl | Female Model: Erica Thaleaborg | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Garden Roses: Ellarose Farm | Headpiece: Erica Elizabeth | Linens: La Tavola | MUAH: 10.11 Makeup | Male Model: Nathan Sneller | Table Top: Dish Wish | Vintage Rentals: Adore Folklore

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The Kitchy Kitchen’s Romantic + Rustic Spring Wedding

Claire Thomas, the force behind The Kitchy Kitchen, may shine when basting and baking, but after obsessing over her wedding pics by Max and Friends, it’s pretty obvious that she has some planning talents up her sleeves as well. From the fab food (of course!) to Moon Canyon Design’s florals and romantic rentals from Yeah! Rentals, every piece of the party sparkled. Lucky us, we not only get this gorgeous glimpse into her special day but hop on over to SMP Living for a fav summer recipe as well!

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From the beautiful Bride…For us, we wanted our wedding to feel like the best intimate dinner party my guests had ever been to, the kind of dinner party where you all of a sudden come out of your wine and food induced haze and can’t believe it’s gotten so late. We needed to lock down the caterer first, find fabulous photographers, but then create a space where amazing photos would happen. This means we needed a venue that had beautiful light and character. But because I wanted to spend more of the budget on food, high quality photographers, and details like the table settings and flowers, I needed to find a venue that was already “photo ready.” I also found lower budget places to add intimate details, like creating DIY cocktail kits as the favors, where I hand sourced every vintage glass, designed the bottles and coasters, and even made the smoked orange bitters; or designing the invitations myself; or designing all of the paper elements myself as well. I worked with the florist to extend her past just bouquets and centerpieces to do flower cones and special floral moments – it made her bid a bit more expensive, but it was cheaper than spending in rentals or bringing in an additional vendor.

A little about Craig and I… In a small seminar class in college, I started explaining the thesis of a paper I had written that week and noticed Craig’s ears perk up from across the room. He asked me if I wanted to write papers with him and that’s what started their long, unrequited courtship. Craig had a big, really poorly hidden crush on me, and I was completely intimidated by him, and both of us were too cowardly to do anything about it. Six years and a few relationships later, Craig and I reconnected.  One day he came over at about 2 pm to catch up, and then that turned into dinner and a movie, and then talking until 2 am, then their first kiss, and then on their fifth date he accidentally told me he wanted to marry me. Eighteen months later, I said yes.

When it came to wedding planning, Kate and Ellen were a god send! My sister and I were getting married four months apart, and I was in charge of finding wedding planners that could work for both of us. My favorite thing about Beau and Arrow is that not only are they design oriented, but they’re buttoned up. They understand your vision rather than applying their own, but you also know all of the paper work is getting done.

Finding a venue in Los Angeles was so challenging. Every place required you to use their caterer and/or required we shut everything down by 10. We’re not party animals by any stretch, but that just wouldn’t work. I ended up looking at filming locations as possible venues, and my planners and I stumbled onto Hummingbird Nest Ranch at the same time. The property is huge, and the first time we visited I thought, “this is WAY too much,” but then I saw the little hacienda. There’s an adorable home, covered in bougainvillea, that’s original to the property, and it felt like we in a private villa. That’s the vibe we wanted, and it was perfect.

My parents had a photographer friend set up a portrait studio at their wedding, and the photos they got from the experience were gorgeous. Trying to create a portrait studio during the era of photo booths was a challenge, and trying to explain what we were going for was a challenge. Foxes and Wolves immediately zeroed in with our Irving Penn references, and captured gorgeous moments. No props, no contrivance, just fun, unexpected moments captured beautifully.

The day we got engaged, Craig and I immediately thought about asking Jason to cater it. Jason Neroni is a buddy of mine, and is my favorite chef. His approach is rooted in amazing technique, but the food is always unpretentious, joyous, and most importantly – delicious. I was so nervous about asking him, but he thankfully said yes. We sat down and I gave him some ideas and references for the menu, but I wanted him to have fun with it. For me, I wanted to reference some of the dishes Craig and I grew up with in California (like Cocos Frescos we would get on street corners), our favorite ingredients (Burrata – it’s a must, right?), and some of our favorite meals we had by Jason (his pasta and porchetta are ridiculous, the carbonara is a thing of beauty).

Kristin has been one of my favorite florists for years. She has an amazing eye and will pull in elements you never expected. I had initially envisioned more citrus notes and poppies, but because my wedding was at the start of spring, Kristin turned toward a softer palette. The result was like a Roccoco painting come to life. It was so romantic. There were so many details she tackled: the petal cones, my favorite moment with her was asking for a wall hanging in the shape of a laurel crown for the table chart, and she just went with it. It’s probably my favorite detail from the entire wedding.

Laura is a dear friend of mine, and we had the best time figuring out the look for the tables. I knew I wanted the tables to be in a U formation, to encourage a “dinner party” vibe, and to do a mix of gilding, depression glass, and candlesticks – but beyond that I didn’t have any details locked in. Laura was hunting for plates and came across a set she felt were perfect for the wedding: white ceramic with blue accents, very rustic Italian. Mixed in with the more refined glassware, it gave the tables a “thrown together” ease.

My family are epic bakers, and my aunt Tina is the best. For the wedding cakes, I wanted to feature Craig and my families’ cakes. Tina baked her buttermilk mango layer cake and her crackle cake; one of my best girlfriends, Laurel from Sweet Laurel Bakery, baked Devil’s food cake with Marshmallow frosting and Craig’s Mom’s pecan pie; and I baked a few recipes of brownies with a tart crust.

You can’t have a wedding without wine, and I turned to my friends at Club W for the best. They went above and beyond. They used the invitations I had designed as inspiration for the wine labels, and luckily I nabbed a few bottles as keepsakes. They recently launched a new sparkling wine, Oh Snap, which is perfect for a champagne toast.

I wanted a dress with an old world feel to it – sleeves, delicate details, a feminine shape – but that was surprisingly hard to find among the more modern designers. I came across Ersa while shopping with my mom at L’Fay Bridal in New York, and I fell in love with the line.

We didn’t really start a “ring hunt,” it sort of happened upon us. I was scrolling through the Erie Basin site, like you do, and all of a sudden I started noticing the engagement rings. I found myself gravitating towards a few, and sitting there on the couch, drinking whiskey in sweatpants, Craig and I decided to get one. Russell, the owner of Erie Basin, was so sweet and accommodating, sending us a few rings to try out. I fell in love with a deco ring with just a teaspoon of emerald, but the shape didn’t work for me. Then I found a ring with the perfect shape, but I couldn’t shake my love for the emerald. Craig scurried off, and dozens of emails with Russell later, he had my perfect franken-ring: a petite, art deco ring with just a little bit of emerald.

My sister Amanda is the designer behind Luv AJ, and recently started working with fine jewelry. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but I loved the delicate stacked ring look she rocks, so she designed two wedding bands – one for each hand. They can be switched around and give the look an eclectic feel. She also designed the bands I had made for my bridal party, each with a tiny pearl.

Craig is so passionate about music, so that was his top priority. We turned to my cousin, Ryan, who’s a vinyl DJ to handle the first set. He played Latin boogaloo, lots of soul, and was the best MC. Our friend Fran, who’s the drummer in Young the Giant, sang a cover of Hang With Me by Robyn with the OC Strings backing him.

Caffe Luxxe is our favorite local coffee shop, and we knew our guests would need a little pick me up after dinner, so the decision was easy. Gary, the owner, hand-made cappuccinos for the bridal party while we were getting ready; it was amazing.

When thinking about what kind of wedding favor we wanted to give guests, a few ideas began to form. 1) We wanted it to be personal 2) It can’t be lame swag (Craig is a consultant and has EVERY possible trinket you can emblazon with a corporate logo clinking around his junk drawers) 3) It can’t be so personal that it’s lame.

Here’s the thing, no one needs anything with your initials monogrammed on it, unless they happen to share those same initials. Everyone is super happy about your wedding, but they don’t need a framed photo of you to remind them of it. How do you say “Thank You” and make it a little bit about you (it is your wedding, after all), but not too much about you?

Craig and my solution was our perfect old fashioned kit.  It’s a combination of so many things we love, and the recipient ends up with a delicious cocktail and a cute tumbler. 

Photography: Luke And Katherine From Max And Friends | Videography: Wade Koch, Shark Pig | Event Planning: Beau & Arrow Events | Floral Design: Moon Canyon Design | Wedding Dress: Ersa | Cake: Sweet Laurel Bakery | Invitations: Claire Thomas | Rings: Erie Basin | Rings: LuvAJ | Catering: Jason Neroni | Hair And Makeup: Sunnie Brook | Calligraphy: Katt Qian | Wedding Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Coffee: Cafe Luxxe | Eyelashes: D'lashes | Music: OC Strings | Portrait Studio: Foxes & Wolves | Rentals: Yeah! Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Dish Wish Events

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Rustic + Elegant Santa Barbara Summer Wedding

While I may have noticed these gentlemen’s dapper style at first glance (those classy blue suits and blush neckwear) but the overwhelming emotion that then took over was pure love. You sense it in every image and if these pics by Michael + Anna Costa are any indication, this was one amazing celebration. Alegria By Design took wedding dreams and turned them into a romantic reality with the help of La Tavola and Ambient Event Design. Happy Monday m’dears; we’ve got a goodie right here.

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From Armando Martinez, Alegria By Design… Groom Tyler had carried the vision for his wedding day in his heart since boyhood. A small family dinner illuminated by candlelight following an intimate church wedding. After finding his perfect match, Michael, it was finally time to give life to his dream and plan “Ce Grand Jour.” Deciding the American Riviera was the perfect location was step one. Next, dinner in a lush garden and the sounds of gypsy jazz filling the night air. Oh and of course margaritas, Texan style, honoring Tyler’s home state and Southern Hummingbird cake honoring Michael’s deep Southern roots.

Orders in hand I set off planning a weekend perfectly balancing gracious Southern entertaining paired with all the charm eternally romantic Santa Barbara has to offer. What an amazing honor to be trusted to design the most important day in any young couple’s life but particularly so when the couple is two brilliantly talented and well sought after interior designers/gallery owners. No pressure. I thank them both for their wonderful faith and trust!

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Videography: Riviera Productions | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Cake: Deux Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Villa Verano | Catering: DUO | Transportation: Signature Parking | Classic Car: Tours A La Carte | Event Design + Planning: Alegria By Design (Armando Martinez) | Linens: Ambient Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Music & Band: AMS Entertainment | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Truffles: Jessica Foster Confections

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Elegant + Glamorous Newport Yacht Wedding

We all love a classic yacht club wedding, but when the “I Do’s” are said on the yacht, on the water, while sailing around Newport Harbor? Now we’re talking some serious nautical glamour. Photographer Mariel Hannah took to the open sea to capture these elegant “I Do’s” between a Canadian hockey player and his stunning Californian Bride, and there’s so much more pretty to see right here!

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From Mariel HannahToday I am very glad to share a wedding I recently photographed, which took place in Newport, CA. This lovely couple traveled from Canada in able to enjoy an elegant affair in a yacht, which sailed them around the harbor of Southern California. Liam a hockey player in Canada and Angelica, a native of Southern California said their I do’s in front of beloved family and friends. The details was nothing short of lovely, tones of blues radiated throughout which perfectly mimicked the California sky… Bushels of dogwood flowers overflowed from the floral design, hand crafted paper and plant dyed silk ribbons all complimented their day…

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Florals: Lavonne Florist | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Couture Cakes By Dorene | Stationery: Matinae Design Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ladies And Gents Bridal | Venue: Electra Cruises | Accessories And Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Personalized Design: Custom Creations Of Bakersfield | Wedding Planning: Shannon Hough Events

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Orangey Glow

This gorgeous photo shoot at Wiens Family Cellars from Plum & Oak Photo and Kelsey Rae Designs took place among the orange trees in the sunny Southern California city of Temecula, so it seems only natural that the incredibly talented makeup artist Alyssa Danielle would be inspired by the sweet citrus fruit to create this glowy look. With a bronze goddess glow and bright orange lip, this look is perfect for summer—and your wedding!

GET THE LOOK

Skin

Always start with a clean fresh face. Begin by moisturizing your face with a moisturizer of your choice. If you have dry skin add Argan oil into the moisturizer. For oily skin use a mattifying primer such as Kryolan Perfect Matte Primer after moisturizer is applied and absorbed. Another favorite primer is Smashbox’s Iconic Photo Finish Primer.

Eyes

For eyes, start with MAC Prolongwear Paintpot in Indianwood on the lids of the eyes. Next, using a blending brush, add a mixture of brown eyeshadows to to the crease of the eye using the Becca Ombre Nudes Palette. Sweep a skin tone color to the brown bone to help define the brow and brighten the eye area. Apply lashes and add mascara to help blend natural lashes and false lashes together.

Concealer & Foundation

For great, lightweight coverage, try NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the color the best matches your skin. Next, apply foundation that doesn’t contain sunscreen such as Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, or Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro using a stippling brush. Foundation products that contain sunscreen will result in a flat-white complexion in front of a camera. Always use a damp beauty blender to help blend the foundation in to achieve that airbrushed look.

Brows

To get that perfect brow, use a spooly brush to comb through your brows. Next, use an angled brush to fill in brows with a brow powder and comb through brows again with a spooly to help blend in the powder. For a good brow powder, use Anastasia Brow Powder Duo.

Cheeks

For a soft summer cheek, sweep Stila Convertible Color in Petunia onto the apples of your cheek. Apply bronzer to the tops of the cheeks, jawline and forehead to give yourself sun-kissed look. Next, add a highlighter above the bronzer on the cheeks and brush up towards the temple. Be sure to use a light hand for both the bronzer and blush, as a little can go a long way.

Lips

To get that bright orange lip color, first apply Too Faced Lip Insurance Primer. Next, use Smashbox Always Sharp Lipliner in Melon followed by Inglot Lipstick in 37.

Finishing Touch

Apply a translucent setting powder such as Purely Cosmetics Diamond Diamond Perfect Finish Powder to your T-zone area. Set makeup with a setting spray such as Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to ensure your face glows all night!

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Makeup Tips: Alyssa Danielle | Photography: Plum & Oak Photo | Event Styling: Kelsey Rae Designs | Venue: Wiens Family Cellars

Whimsical Yellow Hued Wedding Inspiration

Truth be told? Sometimes a shoot is so absolutely gorgeous, it’s hard to edit down. Perfect example? This bounty of beauty straight from the lens of Sally Pinera. Busting with happy, sunny hues and organic elements a la Chloe + Mint, it’s what daydreams are meant for. I dare you to take one look at the gallery and not fall in love with every single frame. More here!

From Chloe + MintWhen you think of Santa Barbara, you can’t help but think of the Spanish-influenced historical buildings, the coolness of the sea-side breeze and the luscious greens that engulfs the city. When we wanted to put an amazing team together to help bring our vision to life, we were thinking of just that- to truly incorporate our surroundings into our theme.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect setting as it is such a staple landmark in town and a real-life wedding venue. We envisioned a long wooden table with vineyard chairs on its sides, topped with soft china to showcase a gorgeous centerpiece. Our model wore a Claire Pettibone that you are probably seeing pop up in many places right now. When we saw all of the colors come together: the yellows, the greens, and the blues, it was all just so breathtaking. We hope you find some inspiration from our amazing photo shoot and enjoy it as much as we did!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Frost It Cupcakery | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Bridal Accessories: BHLDN | Coordination/Design: Chloe + Mint | Female Model: Tracy Kristine | MUAH: Suzie K. Makeup | Male Model: Zachary Balaban | Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney | Tabletop: Borrowed Blu

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