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This Modern Wedding Proves Wine Caves are The New Venue Trend

Living in Boston, I’m a huge sucker for autumn in New England but this wedding photographed by Sylvie Gil made me realize how equally perfect that time of year is on the opposite coast. Set at Northern California’s Calistoga Ranch, the team at Bustle Events designed a wedding that fully embraced the season, including a ceremony in the coziest wine cave you’ve ever seen. Click here for so much more.

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From The Bride… Like most brides, I think simply being surrounded by those I love and care about made the entire day feel special. I think our wedding was unique because everything I chose was original and a genuine reflection of us. I didn’t want to do anything cheesy that had been done a million times before.

Instead, I allowed our stunning venue – Calistoga Ranch, which is nestled in Northern California’s wine country – to set the scene for an enchanted evening. Since it is so gorgeous in its simplicity, I chose understated decorations that complemented the space rather than distract from its beauty.

We were married in a candlelit wine cave which was a new experience for most of my guests. After the ceremony, everyone was bussed to the vineyard on the property where we had dinner. When dinner was over, guests were bussed back up to the wine cave, which had been transformed into our reception area.

We absolutely succeeded in creating an intimate evening that felt like a good old-fashioned party – dinner and dancing among friends and family – rather than a stuffy wedding.

My best advice for someone planning a wedding is to stop always thinking you can do better. It’s easy to get caught up in, “maybe that venue is better,” or “maybe that bakery is better,” or “maybe that band is better.” Know what you’re looking for, trust your intuition and make decisions. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the details. Otherwise, your search could be endless.

Another golden piece of advice I was given and would absolutely pass on is to budget for a videographer. My wedding planner told me this, and boy am I glad she did. Oftentimes, brides budget for flowers, music and photos. A videographer becomes a “nice to have,” not a “need to have.” We went with Grover Films.

Our wedding day was so surreal and overwhelming that I think most brides would agree that when you’re in the moment, it’s easy to miss a lot of the details of your wedding. Sean and I were so relieved to have a video to watch long after it was all over. It was incredible to see everything again – to go back in time and relive those moments – and it’s a different experience than simply looking at photos.

Trust your wedding planner. Read reviews on Yelp. And finally, prioritize what’s important to you. For me, it was delicious food, a stunning venue, superb lighting and good music. Everything else was fluff.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning + Design: Bustle Events | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | DJ + Lighting: DJ Josh Dukes | Lounge Furniture: Rion Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Frances Lane

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You’re Not Going to Believe This Best Man’s Opening Line

A day filled with laughter, love, and California sunshine – does it get any better? Well, only if AwesomeShot Studios captured it all for you to relieve time and time again. Which is exactly what we’re doing as we watch Megan and Eric vow their forever. Press play and see it all below!

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From AwesomeShot Studios…From the arrival of the bridesmaids to the last dance, this wedding was full of love, laughter, and energy. Megan and Eric tied the knot in a touching, funny and somewhat unconventional mixed-Jewish wedding. Listen to the best man’s opening, which sets the tone for the rest of the highlights.

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Photography: Rhee Bevere Photography | Cinematography: AwesomeShot Studios | Coordination: Twitterpated Weddings | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections | Catering: Mountain Winery | Hair + Makeup: Make Up & Move On | DJ: Love In The Mix | Officiant: Rev. Rich Menefee | Transportation: Bauer's Transportation | Venue: The Mountain Winery

Breathtaking “I Do’s” at Surf and Sand Resort

Here’s the thing about seaside weddings: we adore them.  The crystal blue waters, the golden beaches, the fresh, salty air… they’re magical.  So it’s no surprise that one of our favorite places to say “I do” is Surf and Sand Resort, a little piece of Laguna Beach paradise that combines total luxury with a coastal chic vibe that we can’t get enough of.  Scroll below and prepare to fall sooo in love.

From their awe-inspiring views of the Pacific to their elegant accommodations to their fabulous (+ totally unique) lineup of event spaces, Surf and Sand Resort will make all of your Big Day dreams come true in an instant.  I’m talking an entire weekend of total relaxation and FUN, all topped off with a perfectly executed wedding that goes off without even a hiccup.  Think days spent lounging by their award-winning pool, nights chatting away at their crazy cool lounge and day trips to downtown Laguna Beach for one of the best vacas you’ll ever enjoy.  Now add in a wedding of a lifetime with tasty cuisine, stunning decor and your favorite people on hand to celebrate and choosing Surf and Sand Resort is, well… the best decision you’ll make.

Ready to begin your journey to that seaside soiree of your dreams?  Contact Surf and Sand Resort’s talented team of wedding specialists TODAY to begin planning a day that you’ll remember for always.

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