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Natural Santa Ynez Vineyard Engagement

No one – and I mean no one – captures the sheer bliss of a soon-to-be married couple like Joel Serrato. He’s got a way with photo storytelling, and Molly and Micheal’s stunning engagement session is certainly no exception. Find your Friday pick-me-up in the gallery right here.

In the valley of Santa Ynez, upon a mesa at the Firestone Family Ranch, resonating with family love and history, photographer Joel Serrato captures an afternoon between Michael and Molly, a couple new in their partnership, yet deep in their love. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the vineyards and ranch life, Michael glances at Molly and winks, Molly clasps Michael’s hands tightly in hers, and their motions seem to be as one, fluid and knowing, caring and amorous. Joel’s intuition kicks in and he snaps each shot engrossed in Molly and Michael’s fleeting yet somehow lingering moments of adoration.

Although only one year has passed since the birth of this relationship, with busy lives split between school and work, both in Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara, Michael and Molly have found a pure balance and ease with which they have built their foundation; a balance and ease that Joel so seamlessly immortalizes within his frame.

Photography: Joel Serrato | Venue: Private Estate

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Organic + Elegant Inn Walden Wedding

Said best by the couple’s Dads: “If you have a couple in love, a good band, and good booze, there’s no way the night won’t be one to remember.” So is true with this organic fete from Arielle Doneson. Woven with elegance, rentals from Borrow Rentals and a design by Shi-Shi Events, this duo focused their day around their guests’ enjoyment and from the likes of this gallery, it was surely a memorable one!

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From the beautiful Bride… Before we started thinking about a wedding style we both knew our ideal wedding would be under a beautiful tent surrounded by nature. Our wedding planner helped us find the perfect venue which allowed us to make our dream a reality. Most of our planning focused on making our guests comfortable; from transporting everyone from our guest hotel, to a late night food truck, to ensuring there were enough staff to handle our crowd, to having enough bars so no one waited for a drink, everything was decided with an eye towards guest enjoyment.

It was very important to me that our wedding did not scream “the bride picked everything.” I really wanted a style that reflected both of our personalities. I’m very classic and have simple taste, my husband enjoys the outdoors and wanted to incorporate “naturalistic” elements; but we both wanted elegance and formality. As my husband said, “It’s my wedding, it’s a special occasion, and everyone looks better in a tux.” This led us to pair elegant linens, gold chiavari chairs, ornate chandeliers, and mirrored flower vases, with wooden farm tables, a leaf lighting pattern for the tent canopy, and little touches like green garland on the backs of our chairs for dinner. Everything came together beautifully and I was blown away by how pretty it was.

We splurged on the things that matter most to us: the venue, the band, the booze, and photography. Our dads decided from the first day of planning, “If you have a couple in love, a good band, and good booze, the there’s no way the night won’t be one to remember.”

For our ceremony, we wanted to elements meaningful to us, and elements meaningful to our families. My grandmother is Jewish, so as a nod to her we had a Chuppah and did the breaking of the glass ceremony. My husband’s family is Catholic and part Irish, so we incorporated an Irish blessing. We incorporated literary readings that we felt encaptured the importance and meaning of marriage. We asked a Federal Judge who is also a family friend to officiate, which was especially special for me as I had just graduated from law school. As a surprise, we didn’t tell anyone what song would play for the processional or recessional. We had a string trio play “Just like Heaven” when I walked down the aisle, but my husband insisted he wanted his own song so they played “Stand by Me” as he and the bridal party walked down the aisle. Then we recessed to “Wouldn’t it Be Nice.” We saw that as a way to kick off the party after a serious, emotional ceremony. Our ceremony was certainly eclectic, but it reflected our backgrounds and our future together.

We also wanted to incorporate as much as possible our hometown, Cleveland. For many of our guests, this was their first visit to Cleveland, and we wanted to make it memorable. We included Malley’s Chocolate bars in arrival bags, we served as a signature drink Great Lakes Dortmunder beer, and our late-night snack was burgers and shakes from an Akron establishment, Swensons served from their food truck.

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Floral Design: Blooms Cleveland | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Luna Bakery And Cafe | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Shi-Shi Events | Entertainment: The Avenue | Ceremony Music: Sonata Strings | Venue: Inn Walden | Drink & Cake Signs: Passion For Parties | Late Night Snack: Swenson's Drive In | Linens: La Tavola | Place Cards & Table Numbers: Elizabeth Grace | Planning & Design: Shi-Shi Events | Reclaimed Farm Table Rentals: Borrow Rentals | Rentals: Event Source | Social Media Sign: Short And Sweetheart | Tent: Aable Rents

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Elegant + Organic Garden Inspired Engagement

In my humble opinion, when it comes to florals – the more the merrier. Especially when Gro Designs crafts said florals into one stunning runner atop La Tavola linens. Blooming with ethereal elegance and romantic charm, this inspirational shoot from the lens of Charla Storey is so stunning that my words alone won’t do it justice, so we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

From Gro DesignsThis shoot was inspired by the cascading floral and soft spring colors!

The GRO designs creative team is excited to share this Engagement shoot that marries two of the most popular wedding styles for 2015, garden elegance with organic-natural, while bringing along some of our favorite people and companies we work with to tell that story.

The newly renovated Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, was the perfect space for our creative director, Nathan Johnson, to dream up this tablescape with muted shades of peach, lavender, pink, and white floral. The defused lighting in Sixty Five Hundred was captured perfectly by the talented Charla Storey through digital and film photography. Charla’s attention to detail and stylizing of this shoot enabled us to capture the intimacy and story we wanted to tell through our models, Clare Selig and Andrew Coates who are engaged to be married later this year. Clare, elegantly wore, a spectacular evening dress by Jenny Packham from Stanley Korshak. Following suit with our GRO weddings, many of the details were inspired from this elegant dress. POSH Couture’s rich green, pink, and gold rimmed china along side their silver and gold flatware were perfectly placed on blush, ruffled LaTavola linen. The texture of the linen was complimented by layers of white hydrangea that frame the dramatic floral waterfall designed by our talented team at GRO. Garden roses, tulips, ranunculus, sweet pea, jasmine, and hydrangea were all represented which happen to be many of our favorite blooms at GRO. Last but not least, the paper details by Natalie Grace were the perfect and final touch to our story.

Photography: Charla Storey | Floral Design: Gro Designs | Dress: Stanley Korshak | Dress: Jenny Packham | Venue: Sixty Five Hundred | Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Natalie Grace | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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Formal Greystone Mansion Wedding

I think we can all agree this bride’s got killer style (helloooo gorgeous wedding gowns!), but even more beautiful than the fairytale wedding she planned along with Aquafuzion is the love story behind it all. I’m talking a marriage 14 years in the making, and Esther Sun + D.P. Weddings documented the big day to a T. Lose yourself in the gallery right this way.

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From The Bride…It was not the love at first sight type of love story. It was not a Cinderella nor Snow White fairytale story. Instead it is a real love story, dating exactly back to 1998. The place was Arcadia High School, California where Yvonne and Mo first laid eyes on one another. Though they didn’t exchange words in the beginning, they kept seeing each other in their classes and around school. Finally, while waiting for rides back home, they had an opportunity to talk after recognizing one another from being at school. After they became friends for a while and endless phone calls, they both quickly learned she likes him more than other boy friends and he likes her more than other girl friends.

On April 28th 2000, they went to KTV together with a couple of best friends, he bought her red rose with baby blue ribbons. While there he asked her to be his forever “best girlfriend” and she answered “YES!” After that, they danced the night away for the very first time as a couple. As years passed by, he felt she was the one and she felt she could not live without him. On April 28th 2012, their 12th anniversary as a couple, Mo bought Yvonne her favorite rose and her favorite ring and proposed to Yvonne near her bedside. After 14 years been together, Yvonne and Mo married in Beverley Hills, California, on Nov 8, 2014.

The wedding was an intimate 64 people European-style wedding that was hosted at Greystone Mansion, Beverley Hills. Even the number of the guests that we invited were few, but half of the guests traveled from out of state to celebrate our union as a newly wedded couple. They were our closest friends and family members who have witnessed our journey as a couple. We felt truly blessed and honored to have all of them there with us.

Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Videography: D.P. Weddings | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Sarie Cakes | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Catering:Wolfgang Puck | Event Planning: aquafuzion | Floral Design: aquafuzion | Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals | Groom’s Attire: Giorgio Armani | Hair & Makeup: Grace Lin | Harpist: Daria Sarraf | Head Piece: Jennifer Behr | Ivory Dress: Chaviano Couture | Lighting: TMMPRO | Quartet: Subito Strings | Rentals: Town and Country Events | Wedding Veil: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Greystone Mansion

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