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Greek Orthodox Northern California Wedding

Don’t get me wrong, the rest of this wedding is hold-the-phone gorgeous, but even getting past this first bouquet image? Well, it’s easier said than done. The prettiest mix of peonies, garden roses and ranunculus by Mandolin Floral, it’s a Pinterest sensation just waiting to happen and we certainly wouldn’t blame you if stopped to stare All. Day. Long. More wedding goodness from DeFiore Photography in the gallery right here.

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From DeFiore PhotographySandra and Chris traveled 3,000 miles to exchange vows and celebrate their wedding in the heart of wine county in Northern California- the very same place they got engaged! Sandra’s family choose the ascension cathedral to pay homage to Sandra’s greek upbringing. Their Greek orthodox wedding ceremony took my breath away. The fact that Sandra and Chris choose an area so rich with culture and tradition while incorporating so many of their personal touches is a testament to their deep connection to family and desire to blend their distinct personalities into the wedding day. Shades of pinks, blushes, ivories and gold complimented their day and it all came together like an excellent, balanced glass of Pinot Noir. I have a special place in my heart for eucalyptus, Peonies and letter press so the natural Mandolin flowers and Postscript paired together perfectly on the invitation suite.

Sandra wore a delicate strapless modern lace Vera Wang and Chris’s black tux with pink bow tie matched the featured wedding color. Their look was simple, classic and elegant. 

The wedding and reception took place at the Auberge De Soleil, one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. There’s something alluring about Northern California, the lush, rich feel of the ocean air that’s so enticing, and a nice change of pace from mountains of Northern Colorado.

I’ve been coming to Northern California on and off for years, but Sandra and Chris’s wedding was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to take in the richness of the landscape while documenting such a beautiful affair. Just a few of the things I love about “Wine Country” ; the wild rosemary and olive trees, mixed with a hint of ocean air from the bay. The turning of the grape leaves and the quiet stillness just after the harvest. The valley was still bustling, but over all, it held a quite space. The grapes had been pulled from the vines, which means it’s time for people to quietly retreat and close things up for the winter.

This energy was perfect for Sandra and Chris’s intimate wedding cerebration. The warm, golden light of October in wine county was the perfect shade for all the outdoor photographs and really helped to set the mood for the whole event. A rainbow means something different in each culture, but to me it’s a symbol of promise and connection. This is what I see in store for Chris and Sandra. Their connection is undeniable – and made this wedding celebration was a perfect kick-off to a new life together.

Photography: DeFiore Photography | Flowers: Mandolin Floral | Invitations: Postscript Paper | Ceremony: Ascension Cathedral | Reception: Auberge Du Soleil | Band: Shake | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Jewelry- Wedding Bands, Engagement: Fuenfer Jewelers | Rehearsal Dinner: Silverado Vineyards | Venue: Auberge Du Soleil | Wedding Attire: Vera's House Of Bridal

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Boho Chic Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Rancho Las Lomas is where all my wedding dreams come true and this al fresco soiree from White Orchid Productions proves it. Sweet boho-chic Cali vibes are woven throughout, from the intricate and colorful tiling to the Bride’s Nicole Miller dress to the wildly beautiful bouquet. I’ll be drooling over the snaps from JL Photographers like it’s nobodies business if anyone is looking for me—join me here!

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From the beautiful Bride…I was looking forward to going to Napa for our first time and had been for months. I couldn’t wait to be on vacation. I noticed Matt seemed a little uneasy on our drive up that morning but I thought he just didn’t feel well. When we got to Duckhorn Winery they said they were running late so Matt suggested we go walk around the property. Then as we turned the corner he put his arm around me, gave me a little squeeze and with a big grin on his face said “well bubbs (his nickname for me)”…then dropped to one knee, and said “will you marry me.” Shocked, but in the best way possible, I think i started crying as I backed away. The rest is still kind of a blur but I found my way into his arms and he picked me up and gave me the best hug and kiss to date. The rest of the weekend was one big celebration, he even arranged for my mom to come surprise me and join all of us! It was the most amazing trip thanks to Matt and the loving family I get to now be a part of!

Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted a wedding outside with a spanishy feel. Rancho Las Lomas was the first spot we checked out and absolutely fell in love! We ended up looking at a few others but nothing compared in our eyes… and nowhere also came with zebras and tigers. After that, certain pieces just fell into place. We were lucky enough to have friends in the photography, floral and dj world that just so happen to also be extremely talented at what they do and really made what we wanted in our wedding come to life!

Not even 24 hours after we said our I do’s we were off to two weeks in Thailand & Bali… we were beyond happy with our choices, Matts was Thailand and mine was Bali. We spent the next two weeks riding scooters, hanging with monkeys, riding on elephants and lounging on beaches!

From The Groom…We first met at the end of the summer of 2009. Myself and my roommates had some people over for a dance party and Alana happened to come with her friends. Somehow our dance party turned into more of a dance off between Alana and I ending in a handstand contest. Don’t ask who won, we will each say that we did.

Our first date was probably about a month later. I thought I was so sly not telling her where we were going to dinner. Thought I had the greatest hidden gem to take her to. Turns out she used to work there in college and when we walked in the majority of the people knew her. What are the chances.

From The Bride…But he won back major brownie points after dinner… since during dinner I had mentioned I liked his keychain, it was a bagel with a smiley face, and I thought it was funny. He grabbed my hand and led me across the way into Urban Outfitters straight to this display of little boxes and said “pick one.” So I chose one and he took it to the register, paid for it, walked out and said open it. It was a keychain of a doughnut with a smiley face. And he said “now you have one too.” My heart melted.

Photography: JL Photographers | Wedding Coordinator: White Orchid Productions | Flowers: Floreal Design | Ceremony Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Reception Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Catering: 24 Carrots | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Paper Goods: Minted | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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Rustic Chic Wedding at the Martinelli Center

Luxurious yet lighthearted, I’m bookmarking this spirited Martinelli affair as new favorite. From the beautiful DIY backdrop, to the Bride’s BHLDN accented up-do, to one adorable Let Em’ Eat Cake, every detail Jasmine Lee Photography snapped up is stare-worthy. Just one look at the gallery and you’ll most certainly agree, see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… The day was a whirlwind. All I remember is being calm and excited at the same time. I remember that the details made the day so special. Seeing everything come together was so amazing! I wanted to mix luxury and formal with carefree, lighthearted and whimsical touches.The day was all about our guests. We wanted take our guests to a special place, far from the stresses of the day by providing a beautiful backdrop to enjoy their evening and celebrate and laugh with us. There were a lot of DIY touches, from the hanging succulent terrariums to the party favor pashminas, grey burlap table runners lined with a beautiful pattern, table numbers, seating chart, and all the chalk signs. I have to thank my loving and very talented cousins, sister and my best friends for all that they did to make my day so special. Without their crafting skills, I would have been lost.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Wedding Dress: Jinza Couture | Wedding Cake: Let Em' Eat Cake | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Martinelli Center | Makeup Artist: Faces By Emily | Hair Stylist: Faces By Emily | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Bride's Headpiece: BHLDN | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Day Of Coordinator: Lindsay Besser | Florals: Diyari Floral Arrangements | MC/DJ: Amos Productions | Venue: Martinelli Center, Livermore, CA

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