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Modern Earthy Equestrian Wedding Inspiration

Fancy hats, mint juleps and beautiful horses are right around the corner m’dears. I’m so looking forward to this year’s Kentucky Derby and this shoot from WINK! and onelove photography is the reason why. It’s an earthy-modern take on equestrian life and it’s oh-so-good. Florals by Ella & Louie, an incredibly gorgeous Claire Pettibone dress and this beauty—so, so good.

From WINK!… The first time Chrissy told us about Whispering Rose Ranch, we couldn’t believe our ears. It had all the makings to be one of the most inspired Wedding Venues in the Santa Barbara region. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery, gold light, and Carolina Herrera’s early Equestrian Days, This luxurious Ranch was so magnificent that we knew we had to share it with you all! After seeing the property, we knew that we wanted to emulate the art of Horse Back Riding and Equestrianism, and veer away from the rustic mentality. We took cues from the Solvang’s lush color palette: rich greens, neutral tones and gold sunsets. We named our style “Modern, Earthy Equestrian” and incorporated vintage trophies from Horse Shows from the 1950s.

In addition, we loved working with the idea of ribbon throughout, inspired by old show ribbons. It allowed us to highlight organic, clean lines in a chic way. Shot by the incredible onelove photography, we collaborated to evoke the essence of equestrianism and the idea that maybe our bride had spent the morning riding in the hills, just her and the quiet, vastness of Solvang’s beauty, only to pull her hair back for an impromptu wedding ceremony. The bride had her hair and make up done by the amazing Amy Castaniero of The Blushed Company, who executed two different looks with beauty and ease.

In the first look, our bride wears a clean, white blazer, accented with a lace crop top and finished off with a stunning white trumpet skirt from Chic Little Devil. The sexy, sophistication of the bride’s suit was heightened with a sleek ponytail and a perfect velvet ribbon, harkening back to her riding days. We kept make up clean, fresh, and dewey, with a deep plum lip to evoke a sophisticated, polished feel with a punch. For the more traditional bridal look, our Bride wore a Claire Pettibone (also sourced from Chic Little Devil) that was nothing short of heavenly. The long sleeved, lace detailing felt both classic and contemporary, while still feeling incredibly organic. Tracey of Ella and Louie designed all of the amazing florals for our table scape and incorporated an array of simple flowers including eucalyptus and other greenery, Carolina Pine, and an assortment of white flowers, including white roses picked early that morning. The Bouquet was a culmination of all of the different florals, and was fastened with plaid ribbons in navy, tans, and deep greens.

Last but certainly not least, we showcased Dish Wish Girl’s amazing china, flatware, and stemware. We were inspired by the idea of embossing and chose gorgeous, white china with equestrian flair. The tarnished silver flatware was a perfect accent and worked with the crystal cut coupes and smoky stemware to round out our color palette. The remainder of the table scape was strategically filled with locally sourced trophies that acted as vessels for our florals, rough cut white crystals, votive candles in baking tins, and vintage horseshoes. We had such an amazing time designing and coordinating this shoot and are so grateful to our Santa Barbara dream team for bringing our vision to life! We cannot wait to return to this gorgeous escape in the heart of Solvang!

Photography: onelove photography | Design: WINK! | Floral Design: Ella And Louie | Hair And Makeup: The Blushed Company | Dessert: Pie Hole LA | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Estate: Whispering Rose Ranch | Producer: Chrissy Deferville | Rentals: Dish Wish

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Rustic Elegant Spring Wedding at Airlie Center

I believe subtly is underrated and just the littlest whimsical touches can pack the biggest punch. Case in point, this elegant spring wedding planned by Events in the City, infused with some sweet and stylish horseshoe details; not overdone, but still noticed. Kristin Moore captured them all and you can consider this gorgeous gallery your dose of good luck for the weekend ahead.

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From Kristin Moore Photo…. Sara and Mike had an elegant wedding at the beautiful Airlie Center in Virginia. Their day was flawlessly executed with the help the incredible planners of Events in the City, and everything from the lush flowers, golden horseshoes and candlelit rustic tables was perfect. They had a simple outdoor ceremony and danced the night away surrounded by candles and under a canopy of cafe lights in the gorgeous pavilion, and enjoyed a unique cake designed by Charm City Cakes.

Photography: Kristin Moore Photo | Event Planning: Laura Ritchie Of Events In The City | Florist: Growing Wild | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Catering: Airlie Center | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | DJ: Premier DJ Services | Wedding Venue: Airlie Center | Rentals: DC Rental

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Classic Glam Triunfo Creek Vineyards Bridal Session

Sometimes it’s just the simple beauty of a bridal session that puts stars in my eyes. A classic BHLDN dress with detailed beading, a lush bouquet from Peony And Plum, a glamorous red lip and a majestic horse… ready to be captured by Krista Mason‘s lens. Triunfo Creek Vineyards served as the loveliest al fresco backdrop and this gallery is the pretty proof.

From Krista MasonThe inspiration behind this session was a glamorous bold look. Using a soft red lip, half up hair-do and the stunning Avalon dress from BHLDN the bride looked absolutely beautiful! Our groom in a grey suit with a blue velvet jacket and teal bow-tie just topped it all off. The exquisite white bouquet by Peony and Plum added to the classic look. And can we talk about the magnificent horse! What a great addition he was with the beautiful setting at Triunfo Creek Vineyards!

Photography: Krista Mason | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Hair Stylist: Jane Shu | Wedding Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Model: Barret | Stylist: Nunn Better Design

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Modern Saint Thomas Preservation Hall Wedding

The team at Light Cannon Films has a way of melting our hearts around here. They take a wedding day and turn it into a beautiful story, dotted with traditions, moments and smiles galore—like this modern fete at St. Thomas Preservation Hall. A stunning Bride in an Oscar De La Renta dress accented with robin’s egg blue stands at the center of it all. Press play to be wowed!

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From Light Cannon FilmsDiana and Robert are such a unique couple and their wedding day reflected that perfectly. Diana’s stunning gown with accents in robin’s egg blue matched her serene countenance. The clear sky and warm sun in the middle of January resembled the glow from Robert’s smile. The breathtaking hydrangea wall that stood as the backdrop to their altar added to the distinct freshness in the air. Their simple, uncomplicated decor showed that they focus on the things that matter.

These details mixed with culture from two special families made for a gorgeous day that was unlike any other. That’s the best part of filming weddings – seeing all the traditions of a wedding transformed to the tastes and values of two people starting a new life together.

Videography: Light Cannon Films | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Catering: Milner's Cafe & Catering | Hair: Beauty Bar Boutique | DJ: Brian Hood | Officiant: Leap Of Humanity - Han Hills | Ceremony & Reception: St. Thomas Preservation Hall | Decor: Design Perfection

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Gold Glitter + Blush Calabasas Wedding

A soiree sprinkled with sweet personal touches is a wedding after my own heart. A day like this one, planned and designed by A Savvy Event with dazzling details from start to finish and a darling duo at the center of it all—the Bride donning a glittery gold dress from BHLDN and the Groom in a rather dashing cowboy hat. onelove photography and Lovespun Films captured it all in the gallery and film below!

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From A Savvy EventAudrey and Matt knew from the moment they were engaged that they wanted a wedding with personalized details, some true Southern charm and—what else? Fun and festive confetti. They were married July 26th at the Ahmanson Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains of Calabasas, and, since most of their guests were from out of town, the couple was particularly excited about treating their closest family and friends to an historical venue, completely unique to Los Angeles (scenes from Gone with the Wind were filmed at the ranch).

One of our favorite parts of working with Audrey and Matt was that, while being laid back and tons of fun, they knew exactly what they wanted and didn’t look for confirmation or reassurance from others. The moment Audrey tried on her extra dreamy champagne-hued, gold-sequin-splashed gown she knew it was for her, and she made the decision to only show it to her mom and Matt’s mom prior to the wedding. The dress set the scene for the rest of the day–with gold and brass details peppered throughout a sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic blush and ivory palette.

Audrey’s cousin, Kristen Ley of Thimblepress, was also a ton of fun to work with. Her eco-friendly confetti push pops were an absolute must (in the perfect pink) and complimented Audrey’s sequined gown to a T. We also worked with Thimblepress to create unique triangular menus that felt just as modern as they did timeless, a custom monogram to use throughout the event and koozies as cool as they were cute, among a number of other custom items.

Being from Texas, we love how Audrey incorporated some serious Southern charm throughout the day, including quotes from her and Matt’s favorite country songs, chicken and waffle appetizers (Y.U.M.), a romantic first dance to George Strait’s I Cross My Heart and the groom’s classic white cowboy hat.

The only thing (almost) as divine as Audrey’s dress were the flowers: hydrangeas and garden roses in blush, ivory and white sat alongside (our favorite) Cafe Au Lait Dahlias. Pops of fern in a saturated green were incorporated throughout the arrangements to add some bright life to the subdued romantic palette. We brought in a tufted ivory loveseat and a vintage-inspired white couch to create an intimate seating area that guests were drawn to.

Audrey and Matt were such a fun and lively couple to work with. They had custom “Best Dancer” trophies designed and said one of their favorite parts of the entire day (besides the intimate and surreal first-look moment) was watching their guests compete (hard) for the title. They also had a killer surprise at the end of the night–an 80’s cover band that paid tribute to some of their favorite music of the decade in which both of them were born. Overall, it was such a joy to work with a couple with such lively vision and magnetic charm.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Lovespun Films | Event Design: A Savvy Event/Kelly McLeskey | Event Planning: A Savvy Event/Kelly McLeskey | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Wedding Stationery: Thimblepress | Jewelry: Sweet & Spark | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate | Catering: Daniel Molnar | Hair: Drybar | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Dave Dolphin | Band: Wayward Sons | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ahmanson Ranch House | Bridal & Bridesmaids Robes: Love Ophelia | Cake Topper: Star House | Dance Trophies: Crown Awards | Escort Cards: Klepac & Co | Get Away Car: Classy Chassis Rentals | Ice Cream Sandwiches: A Nouveau | Linens: LaTavola Linens | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Westlake Village Inn | Rentals: Town And Country | Veil: BHLDN

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