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Summer Garden Wedding in Sonoma County

We love how the Bride let loose with a hula hoop at this summer garden wedding filled with lawn games, party horns and free-flowing champagne! Made beautiful in the expert hands of Daisy Rose Flowers and It’s A Date At The Powder Room, it’s an elegant yet relaxed affair, and Jonas Seaman Photography caught all the excitement right here!

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From Jonas Seaman Photography…. Ruth and Jeff’s wedding was spectacular. They personalized it in so many ways from all their DIY details, to the lawn games and picnic atmosphere they created. Here’s what Ruth had to say about the day…

From the Bride… From the beginning we knew we wanted to be married on a hill under an old tree with a magnificent view, lawn games, and a huge dance party. We were naturally drawn to Sonoma County as it is our favorite place to get away from Los Angeles for a long weekend and where we feel the most free. We wanted our wedding to be a big, lighthearted yet sophisticated celebration not only of our love for each other but also of our family and friends. At the end of the weekend we wanted our guests to know and feel that they had each been an important part of our wedding. Our vision was a lively modern twist on an elegant summer garden party in the vineyards with an abundance of flowers and berries, local foods, and lawn games. Our color palette consisted of the vibrant colors and deep greens that you would find in a summer garden.

Immediately after we found our wedding venue we agreed that the first thing to do was get in touch with Jonas Seaman, a photographer whose work we had fallen in love with after stumbling on his blog a few years prior. We cold called Jonas and planned our wedding date!

Together Jeff and I wrote our ceremony and we both wrote our own vows. It was important to us to involve our family and friends in our ceremony. We set the guest chairs up in a horseshoe shape so that we would feel surrounded by our loved ones. We had a friend marry us, close family members in addition to the bridal party walked down the aisle to cover music played by live string musicians, the groom’s nieces carried the rings and a banner announcing the bride and my brother read from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Using large cue cards our bridal party and family each read a page from a story that I had given Jeff when we had just started dating. As the ceremony drew to an close Champagne was distributed and toasts were offered by the wedding guests and the my mother before we walked down the aisle newly married!

Following the ceremony the live musicians and guests paraded behind the bride and the groom to the nearby cocktail hour. The hour was spent playing lawn games including a giant Connect Four, hula hooping, eating passed hors d’oeuvres, and drinking delicious cocktails such as Lavender Gin Martinis and Strawberry-Rhubarb Caiproskas.

At the conclusion of the cocktail hour our guests blew bubbles to send us off in a vintage Jaguar. While our guests were shuttled down to the most amazing pavilion for dinner and dancing we cruised for a bit and soaked in the excitement of the day. Individualized party horns which doubled as escort cards greeted our guests at the pavilion. The guests blew their horns as we entered the reception which made for the most exuberant entrance and was one of my favorite moments of the day.

Our guests were delighted that the tables were designated by a photo of us at the age corresponding with the table number. Guests were greeted at their place setting by place cards with individualized notes. We also had five birthdays and one anniversary the weekend of our wedding so each of those guests had a small gift awaiting them at their seat. The children received activity bags. Our caterer, Dovetail, was a dream to work with and made dinner an elegant affair with perfect presentation of locally sourced foods. Wine and Champagne flowed freely, toasts were given and guest mad libs were filled out.

The tables were alive with the most beautiful flowing flowers by our florist, Daisy Rose, who took our vision and ran with it. As a last minute request, Daisy even set aside flowers to put on our sweetheart cake. I hunted for months for the perfect table decorations and finally found big gold leaf hexagon hurricanes that were the perfect modern contrast with the lively flowers.

We cut a sweetheart cake with a sparkler candle before inviting our guests to choose from an array of cakes. The flavors reflected the fresh and local style of our wedding. We served five flavors including olive oil orange zest, vanilla bean with strawberries, lemon lavender with raspberries, chocolate with caramel and sea salt, and toasted almond. The cake table was decorated with wedding photos of our family and bridal party.

The rest of the evening was a giant dance party. During the evening I invited all ladies both married and single to catch a bouquet that had a Target gift card tied to it. It was a blast to see an engaged couple catch both the garter and the bouquet!!! We also had a couples dance where we eliminated couples until the longest married couple was left dancing. At the conclusion of the song we presented them with a bouquet.

We designed the invitations, ceremony programs, fans, menus, and mad libs with our bridesmaid and dear friend, Jennifer Hoffman. I had a ball working closely with the delightful Creative Letterpress in Burbank, CA to make the final products a reality.

At the last minute we hired Aaron Lee Films to film our day and it was one of the best decisions we made. They were the most fabulous people to have at our wedding – they not only did their job so professionally but they also saved the day for me more than once! I have watched the film countless times and just can’t get enough.

We had so much fun working together to plan the wedding but there were still many times when I wanted to throw my hands up and elope. Jeff talked me off the ledge and in the end all of the work was absolutely worth it to spend the weekend surrounded by those we love the most. When I think back on our wedding weekend my heart feels like it is overflowing with love. When people ask me for advice I tell them that the best advice is not to listen to anyone’s advice or ideas about what a wedding is or isn’t. Know in your heart who you are as a couple and what will make your heart sing and run with it. Once you know what you want carefully interview vendors and find those who are excited about your vision. Don’t be afraid to let vendors go if you feel in your gut it is not working out, even if you lose a little bit of money, this will make your planning and more importantly your day much more special.

Photography: Jonas Seaman Photography | Cinematography: Aaron Lee Films | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Flowers | Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Dovetail Events | Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | Hair: Jessie Hoffman | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chalk Hill Winery | Custom Printing: Creative Letter Press, Inc. | Second Shooter: Mary Ellen Williamson

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Whimsical Pink Wedding San Ysidro Ranch

Y’all know we go weak at the knees for a San Ysidro Ranch affair, but when it happens to include a pro golfer Groom and his designer Bride? Well, let’s just say we were smitten from the get-go. Fiore Beauty ensured all eyes were on the Bride, while fuchsia floral crowns and flirty accents set the scene. With a pretty palette, and details galore – Samuel Lippke Studios captured a gallery that defines pretty.

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From Samuel Lippke StudiosWe just adore Kristy & Scott’s wedding! Scott is on the PGA tour as one of the youngest professional golfers & Kristy worked as a designer for Ralph Lauren before moving to POLO, where she met the love of her life while getting him sponsored! These stunning newlyweds were a breeze for Samuel to photograph – they both looked amazing and their love for each other is effortless and beautiful. The two were so laid back that even when a power outage threatened their reception, they didn’t even mind; candlelight dinners are always more romantic anyway, right? We definitely agree.

We were blown away by how beautiful San Ysidro Ranch was & the florals by BloomBox enhanced it so well. We love the deep fuchsia flowers BloomBox used for the bridemaids’ floral crowns. As always, Samuel loved working with the planning gurus from Details Details; Chelsea Navran was an amazing coordinator. Put all of that work together with Kristy’s Oscar de la Renta dress, Scott’s Hugo Boss suit, & the bridesmaids’ colorful M Missoni dresses and you have one amazing event! 

Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: M Missoni | Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Bride's Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Floral Design & Linens: BloomBox | Planning & Coordination: Chelsea Navran Of Details Details

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Rustic Summer Monterey Wedding

This Monterey wedding is the definition of cheerful in every sense, from the bright blooms by Kate Healey to the smiles on this Bride and Groom.  They created a vintage chic vibe throughout their celebration and with that charm and Jen Rodriguez working her magic behind the lens, we have one gorgeous gallery right here.

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From the Bride… We met in Monterey, so it seemed natural to get married there. Our vision came from knowing what we wanted the day to feel like, and we went from there!

From Jen RodriguezThey incorporated lots of burlap, vintage suitcases, bunting, etc. to bring out the vintage chic feel that they wanted. The couple was married at the charming Old Whaling Station and after the ceremony the guests were escorted to the reception space with music.

Photography: Jen Rodriguez | Coordination: Grapes Of Wrath // Dana | Floral Design: Kate Healey | Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes | Ceremony: Old Whaling Station | Reception : Memory Garden | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Make-up: Face Forward Bridal | Music: Steve Ezzo

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Romantic Santa Barbara Bridal Shoot

We’re head over heels for this breathtaking bridal shoot from The Great Romance taking place in mysterious stone ruins at Santa Barbara. It’s a sensuous mix of colors, from wispy golds to deep reds, that captures the essence of falls and winters in California. Get lost in all the gorgeous details right here.

From The Great RomanceThe inspiration for this shoot was not just the beautiful mood & feel of autumn/winter, but specifically the warmth and rich, golden tones that come with the season in California. Each element of the amazing bouquet done by Fleur de Rye captured the season perfectly – from the deep reds to foraged greens, it complimented our bride’s tiny gold details. We wanted to do a bridal session that was feminine, free and really captured the beauty of these unique ruins in Santa Barbara. It was a perfect day in Santa Barbara and we wouldn’t ask for more talented ladies to make this shoot come to life.

Photography: The Great Romance | Makeup: Marijane Marie | Bride's Dress: Nastygal | Bride's Lace Robe: Forever 21 | Florals & Hair: Fleur De Rye

Romantic Fall Durham Ranch Wedding

For a girl who always thought she’d one day elope, this bride managed to find the ultimate happy medium. Think an intimate celebration in the Napa countryside with long, family-style tables that made every guest feel right at home. Of course, the day couldn’t have gone off so beautifully without the talents of Bustle Events, Lavender & MintPaula LeDuc and Twigss, and the captures from Sylvie Gil completely speak for themselves. More in the gallery!

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From The Bride…Firstly, I will say I never thought I would be a bride. I assumed that if I did find my life partner (I can be picky) that we’d sneak away to a beach in Bali and elope. That being said, as soon as I had that ring on my finger and Ryan and I started day dreaming about a small intimate ceremony in the Napa countryside, we never looked back. We are both from Texas but we recently moved to San Francisco with our company and we love taking drives up to Sonoma and Napa on the weekend to enjoy the beauty and majesty of all the nooks and crannies of the small towns and hiking trails. When we decided on Napa I found Erin at Bustle Events through the SMP blog and she suggested we look at Durham Ranch, as soon as I saw the stately drive lined by Cypress trees I knew that was the place I would marry my best friend. Ken Fulk and his team have created an effortlessly chic Napa hideaway that begs you never to leave, although I am not sure he would prefer not to have us as permanent house guests.

Erin and her amazing team helped me put personal touches throughout the wedding, but I truly think our wedding was the perfect mix of delicate beauty and rock n’roll. Two highlights were the band and the gorgeous floral chandelier Twiggs designed for over the dance floor. Ryan and I are both avid music fans, he actually self-published a book of music poetry (A Circus Mind) and one of our all-time favorite bands is the Talking Heads. We looked all over the place for a Talking Heads cover band and finally Erin found the Naïve Melodies and they were perfect! My favorite part of the reception was dancing to This Must Be The Place under the gorgeous chandelier of lilies and garden roses. Also I loved the leather touches throughout the event, especially the strips of leather that acted like place cards and the fact that I was able to wear my leather jacket over my dress for a couple of the pictures.

The most memorable part was exchanging our vows. Ryan and I decided to write our own vows and one of our very best friends officiated the ceremony and it was truly magical. The sun was setting right as we walked down the aisle together as husband and wife was a moment to be remembered. I am filled with gratitude for the beauty of the day and for the amazing staff with Paula Le Duc and of course Team Bustle.  Ryan and I met at work about 4 years ago and we were instant friends. Ryan has a truly dynamic personality, he’s the funniest person I’ve ever met, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be around anyone that could make me laugh like he did. I had a boyfriend when Ryan and I first met, but I fell in love with him at a music festival in 2011 and it was in Gulf Shores Alabama listening to Paul Simon that I think we both realized that we were supposed to be together and so we were. Ryan proposed in Paris in October of 2013. Ryan is not much of a planner, but October 21st, 2013 was a day for the record books. We woke up and had breakfast at Café de Flore, walked to Musee D’orsay, secured a lock on Pont des Arts and eventually ended up relaxing around the pool in the Luxembourg Garden. I eventually fell asleep on Ryan’s shoulder and he woke me up and walked me to a bench where he had a friend sneakily waiting to take pictures and he proposed. To say I was stunned would be an understatement, but it was one of the most amazing days of my life.

I found my dress at Marina Morrison in San Francisco. My best friend and maid of honor, Lauren, actually picked out my wedding dress. We walked in to the Marina Morrison showroom and the Austin Scarlett ball gown I wore was on the center mannequin and she said “YOU HAVE TO TRY THAT ON”. As soon as I slipped on the dress and came out of the fitting room, Lauren started crying and she is not typically one for tears. Austin Scarlett definitely knows how to flatter a woman’s figure but still make her feel classically chic. As soon as I saw myself in the main showroom mirrors that was my dress. I actually had the opportunity to meet Austin the week before my wedding and he was the one who suggested I wear my hair half up and down, that was my celebrity moment!

All my vendors were beyond amazing- from the invitations featuring a sketch of Durham Ranch, the brain child of Lily Lasuzzo, owner of Lavender and Mint stationary in Houston, TX to the stunning photos produced by Sylvie Gil. Sylvie and her team actually became our wedding guests and I am pretty sure my friends would have preferred she stay until midnight with the rest of us dancing the night away! I also can’t say enough about Twiggs and the beautiful floral arrangements they created, the chandelier was an epic display of beauty and their creativity. Paula De Luc of course produced an amazing experience and even better food, those PB&J macaroons are truly sinful they are so good. Tom Foolery and their photo booth were also a hit, I think I took easily 100 snaps that night! It has to be said nothing would have come to fruition without Erin Taylor and Team Bustle. Erin is beyond amazing and her creativity, organization and responsiveness are all a bride could ever hope for. I am in awe of Erin and she will be a friend for life!

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Bustle Events | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Cakes : Fox and Fawn | Invitations: Lavender & Mint | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous | Calligraphy : Julie Song | Durham Ranch: Durham Ranch | Florals : Twigss

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Rustic Meets Modern Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding

It’s kind of a given that a Carmel Valley Ranch wedding is going to be awesome, but add one of the world’s sweetest duos and a rustic meets modern aesthetic to the mix and it’s a pretty that is basically indescribable.  Think baby’s breath meets silver sparkles meets one of the most breathtaking ceremonies you will ever see.  Soak in all of the gorgeousness captured by Brittrene Photo in the full gallery.

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From Brittrene Photo… They had been on the house hunt for some time. something perfect in the city of San Francisco, but still close enough to the beach so Greg could catch some early more waves. Finally, they found the perfect place to call home; their escrow closed and as they picked up their keys, standing on their doorstep, Greg got down on one knee and presented Holly with a beautiful ring and the promise of spending the rest of their life together. A perfect engagement session of their new life together, first home and new puppy!

From The Bride… We met one evening in September 2009 when we both happened to meet our mutual friend for dinner in the Mission District of San Francisco. We didn’t talk much during dinner since we were with a big group. But at the end of the night, our friend told Greg to drive me home since we both lived in the same neighborhood across the city. During that drive, we chatted the whole way home and the beginning of a friendship emerged.

There was something different about our friendship – we just seemed to get each other. We would give each other dating advice while we drove around the city to different shows and parties sipping on Red Bulls. After just a few weeks of being “buddies”, we both quickly realized that we were falling for each other… hard. Greg finally asked me on an actual date where he picked me up with a dozen red roses, then he took me to Farmer Brown where we bonded over our love for fried chicken. We became “Facebook official” on October 4, 2009. Little did we know that we would be saying “I Do” exactly five years later to the date.

During those five years together, we moved in together, adopted our sweet little dog/son named Hank, and then we bought our dream home by the beach. Greg popped the question on our front steps one week after we moved in. Some might say we’ve done things a little out of order, but for us everything happened absolutely perfectly.

When we started looking for our wedding venue, we knew it had to be somewhere along the beautiful Northern California coast. We spend many weekends going for drives along the coastline with the pup, and it’s always been a special place for us. As soon as saw Carmel Valley Ranch, we knew it would be the perfect location for our dream wedding.

Our ceremony took place on the gorgeous Valley Lawn which overlooks the rolling green hills of Carmel Valley. Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and a parasol to shade the sun. I was so nervous! We decided not to do a first look, so the first time seeing each other was very emotional. The ceremony flew by in a flash, and next thing we knew we were husband and wife!

The cocktail hour and reception took place in the Golf Clubhouse. We decided to use long tables instead of rounds, and it made the group of 150 guests actually feel like an intimate gathering. Our theme was rustic modern. We used white linens, silver sequin runners, reclaimed wood boxes with baby’s breath bunches, and mason jar candle holders. When the sun went down the room looked magical!

Since I am in the wedding industry myself, I know the importance of hiring amazing vendors who you can trust. I was so blessed with every single one of my vendors- they truly made our day so special!

Photography: Brittrene Photo | Videography: AVR Films | Coordination: MB Wedding Design And Events | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Baker: Torino Bakery | Hair & Make Up: HrH Hari And Make Up

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