When You Let the Venue Do the Talking
February 9, 2018
WhimsicalAl FrescoFall Weddings
This wedding videographer knew she was looking for a well designed home with a stunning yard to make her vision for her special day come to life, so when she stumbled upon Villa Montara, she was thrilled! We're talking a minimalist, modern masterpiece with an equally breathtaking, cliffside view that, as you can see in Betsy Blue's gallery, photographs like a dream. All that was left was to don her Flora gown, grab her lovely bouquet by Meg Catherine Flowers, and say "I do" to her handsome groom!
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From the Bride... Mitch and I met during a documentary filmmaking course traveling through India. Instantly, a spark of attraction grew. Every evening, he would spend hours on the computer patiently teaching me all his editing tricks, and then we would sneak out onto the rooftop overlooking the city of New Delhi to talk about anything and everything the whole night through. We started dating shortly after that and moved to California together three years later.

My passion for video pushed me to start a wedding videography business upon moving. Watching real love captured on video has always reminded me of us and of how big a role video played in our own love story. Because I’m around weddings for a living, I knew I wanted to have something more intimate that wasn't at your typical venue. I have an art and design background, so my dream was to find a well designed house with a stunning yard. My mom and I scanned home rental sites for months, praying that somehow the perfect home would pop up and they would allow a wedding to be held there. It seemed impossible, but one day we found the perfect place! Villa Montara is an architectural dream nestled on an ocean cliffside in Montara, California. The grounds are full of minimalist art, and the interior is a designer's heaven.

I wanted the day to feel relaxed and the focus to be on the stunning property and view. The few design elements I did bring in were things I ended up making myself, like the hand-painted wood welcome sign and our floral alter. Mixing organic movement with simple, modern-geometric shapes has always been my signature go-to, and I’m so happy that this design concept translated so well on our wedding day!