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Romantic Vintage Fall Wedding with Rose Floral Accents at Rancho Valencia

I’ve seen a LOT of pink weddings in my years of writing weddings for Style Me Pretty, but today’s color palette showcases this pretty hue like no other. With vintage details and rose floral accents, you can find layers of mauve, crimson, coral and dusty ivory, mimicking a sweet California sunset. With planning by HauteFêtes and blooms by Plenty Of Petals, Liz and Molly celebrated a day that was equally as beautiful as their love. Make sure to take a stroll in the full gallery from Whiskers and Willow for the entire fete!

As told by HauteFêtes Fine Weddings & EventsLike many couples today, Liz Lundy and Molly Bittner met online six years ago and have since been inseparable. Despite the modern way they met, however, the couple shares a mutual love of tradition. Liz grew up on the east coast in Philadelphia and Molly in Atlanta and they both moved to Los Angeles for work. A NASA JPL engineer, Molly had been in LA for six months, while Liz, who works new programming for Netflix, had only been in LA for two weeks. They met at a café and Molly thought how cute Liz looked with her freckles and black leather jacket. They instantly clicked and after dating five years, Liz finally popped the question and Molly said yes!

While they both love LA, they also love to travel and envisioned for their wedding somewhere intimate and reflective of Southern California, especially since the majority of their guests would be traveling to the wedding from out of state. They both fell in love with Rancho Valencia and its pretty Spanish styling with its terracotta walls and olive groves which provided the inspiration for the wedding design.

With so many pretty spaces at the venue, I wanted to maximize each area while incorporating cultural traditions that were important to them for each wedding day event. Since Liz is Jewish and Molly is Catholic, they were open to a creative take on the ceremony set up while adhering to tradition. For their ceremony, Liz and Molly wanted it to feel intimate and also lush. Together with Plenty of Petals, we incorporated a beautiful Chuppah, draped with a rose-terracotta chiffon reminiscent of Rancho Valencia’s walls, covering it with clusters of beautiful blooms as if growing up from the ground. We surrounded the Chuppah with rows of chairs on three sides, almost like the knave in a church which appealed to Molly, so that guests felt like they were also part of the ceremony. In keeping with Jewish cultural tradition, each bride had both their mother and father accompany them down the aisle – and with three sides, we created a separate aisle for each bride and their respective bridal parties to walk down – and then, once married, Liz and Molly walked back up the central aisle together, further symbolizing their union.

For the reception, inspired by a fall palette of dusty rose, taupe, and caramel, we designed a warm and inviting atmosphere, layering traditional touches such as warm La Tavola velvet linens, wood tables and vintage crystal, china and silver with fun, playful details like knot-tied napkins and pretty customized floral menus by Design House of Moira. In keeping with the Spanish influences of the venue, a beautiful wrought iron gate with escort cards hand tied with rose colored ribbon welcomed guests to take their seats.

Liz and Molly concluded the night dancing to the band Jordan Music Entertainment, with a gelato bar set up outside for anyone who wanted an extra treat with their cake, whose floral design created by Hey There, Cupcake was inspired by the stationery suite. As a further homage to their traditional side, they performed a first dance to Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn to You” and then each bride danced with her father, followed by a raucous Horrah which got everyone onto the dance floor. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day that was in every way a reflection of Liz and Molly.

One final note. When Liz’s mother and I first spoke about wedding planning, she shared her experiences with vendors she had spoken with earlier who had not been supportive of their union. Sadly, we remain a nation divided – whether it’s politics, race, religion, or sexual orientation. When it comes to love, however, we shouldn’t be. Love is after all love, and as a creative, I support same-sex marriage and believe in creating teams for all my couples with like-minded vendors who share the same vision and values.

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Photography: Whiskers and Willow Photography | Videographer: Audrey Alba Films | Florist: Plenty Of Petals | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Stationery: Moira Ink | Ceremony Venue: Rancho Valencia | Reception Venue: Rancho Valencia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Rancho Valencia | Makeup Artist: Beauty By Stacey | Hair Stylist: Beauty By Stacey | Band: Jordan Music Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Bridal Gown Boutique: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Bridal Gown Boutique: Island Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Liancarlo | Bridal Gown Designer: Modeca | Event Design, Styling, and Planning: HauteFetes | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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A Romantic Garden Wedding by the Sea at Klentner Ranch

We are in a sea of heavenly lavender and warm golden hues over here as we admire this gorgeous garden wedding at Klentner Ranch. It’s complete with foliage and blooms aplenty, an al fresco reception and the sweetest couple ever. But what truly sets this wedding apart from the rest is a STUNNING arbor design that we’ve never seen before (and we’ve seen a lot, okay?!) Organic Flora and Crowned Events absolutely nailed the design of this romantic autumn wedding. Don’t forget to check out the full gallery of details captured perfectly by Dear Lovers.

From Dear LoversWe have such a love for autumn weddings. This subdued fall wedding, with timeless details and warmth, was one of our favorite weddings we’ve ever had the joy of capturing. Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, Klentner Ranch’s blossoming garden, lemon grove and European charm offered the perfect setting for Britney and John’s intimate garden wedding. The bride’s sweet love of lemon trees made it easy to fall in love with the venue. Set against a backdrop of the sea, they exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends surrounded by an abundance of fall foliage and florals.

Britney was dressed in a stunning Willowby by Watters gown that was perfectly accented by a loose low face-framing updo. In keeping with an al fresco feel, they held their reception on the lawn underneath strings of lights. Their tables were set with simple and elegant place settings that incorporated white dishes, soft pink napkins and richly textured florals – offset by earthy concrete candle holders filled with deep gold tapered candles. From the European charm of the garden to the perfect golden Californian light we were graced with, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day.

From the Bride… John and I met three years ago when I moved from Boston to Los Angeles to be closer to my family. On a visit before the move, I attended a local church on the recommendation of a friend. Upon arriving at the church, the first people I happened to meet were the pastor and a handsome man with the kindest brown eyes I’d ever seen. Little did I know, I had just met my future husband and the pastor that would one day marry us. According to John, he was intent on pursuing me shortly after our first meeting, but given my extensive travel schedule, opportunities to cultivate a relationship were few and far between.

Nine months later, following a handful of fruitless encounters, John decided to throw caution to the wind and ask me on a date. Being oblivious to John’s attempts to advance the relationship beyond a casual friendship, I was stunned (happily so). Not long after the first date, we both knew that we had found the person we had been praying for. We targeted a wedding date no more than eight months following our engagement, so time was of the essence. Our first aim was to find a venue. I started by putting together an excel spreadsheet with more than 70 options. I realized not long after that I wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of a planner.

 A friend connected us to the incomparable Jessica Williams (Crowned Events) and it was evident from our first chat that she would be able to bring our vision to life: to honor God and throw a good party! The ceremony and reception were held at Klentner Ranch in Carpinteria, CA. We and our guests, who had traveled from all over the country, gathered on an unseasonably warm November day. The ocean, shrouded in fog on our first visit to the property, was clearly visible, the warm sun having burned away any trace of the marine layer. The various elements of the day nearly matched the splendor of the setting — the delicious dinner, the unique and elegant flowers, the decadent banana cake and the killer DJ — each contributed to make it one that we’ll always remember.

Photographer: Dear Lovers | Floral Design: Organic Flora | Gown: Watters | Cake: Peggy's Kitchen | Invitations: Michelle Renee Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Lorraine Lim Catering | Hair and Makeup: Elwynn and Cass | DJ: Josue Arias | Suit: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Klentner Ranch | Day-of Stationery and Signage: Sophia Loves Letters | Dress Boutique: A Stitch In Time | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Groom's Tie + Socks: The Tie Bar | Planning + Design: Crowned Events | Rentals: Party Pleasers | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Rentals: borrowed BLU

Southern-Style Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California

Carly and Ryan were originally set to be wed at Triunfo Creek Vineyards. But sadly, after the Malibu fires just one week before their Big Day, the couple had to search for another venue. Thankfully, they landed on the beautiful Maravilla Gardens for a day that went off without a hitch, planned by Feathered Arrow. See how it all unfolded below with Jenny Quicksall and Amari Productions.

How did you two meet?

Met at Eureka! In Irvine, CA. He was at the microbrewery for an after work happy hour and I was there because of a friend’s recommendation (I’m a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur). She said they had good coffee so I stopped there before a bible study. Ryan walked over from a couple barstools down and opened with the line “You know you’re drinking coffee at a bar, right?” The coffee actually did suck but he got my number and took me back there for our first date!! They’re much better at burgers and beer!

Fun fact: it wasn’t until after we met, that I realized we both had swiped “right” on Bumble a few weeks prior but it never amounted to anything. Guess I needed to drink a crappy cup of coffee in a bar to meet the love of my life! Ha!

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Tell us about the proposal!

Ryan and I love, love, love traveling. We go somewhere new every season (maybe not now that we’re planning a wedding!) Victoria, Nantucket and Hawaii are a few of our favorites! Because I love Christmas, Ryan planned a December weekend trip to NYC (we have both been there with family) to see the decorations and lights. Early on in the relationship, I told Ryan that one of my favorite places in NY is Gapstow bridge in front of The Plaza Hotel in Central Park. Our first morning there, Ryan takes me to Central Park (early!) and as I’m snapping pics, he asks two passerybys to take a picture of us. He trecks through the mud and grass to stand in front of the bridge, and I follow, rolling my eyes, because I think we are inconveniencing the kind gentlemen. Ryan asks for one more picture and drops down on one knee. Turns out, the two strangers were not strangers at all- they were actually Ryan’s coworkers from his work’s New York office. Ryan pulled it off! After the proposal, we went to The Plaza for celebratory champagne before calling our friends and family. It was a special moment to ourselves.

What are your favorite weekend activities?

We love Saturday morning walks on the Manhattan Beach Strand, donuts, traveling and binge watching Stranger Things! If we’re not on an airplane, we’re either at the beach, hiking, wine tasting, scouting out a new coffee shop or taking a Sur La Table cooking class together.

Can you tell us something special about one another?

An introvert and former Boy Scout, Ryan grew up with a baseball always in his hands. He has since then discovered a love for golf. Last year, his New Years resolution was to go to a new city by himself every month (his brother is a pilot, so he has the buddy pass). Ryan somehow managed to fit in 12 new cities while dating Carly- impressive! He also has an amazingly dry sense of humor and is a fantastic salsa dancer.

As a lover of pineapples, Frank Sinatra, and white magnolias, I always knew I was going to have a southern themed wedding. Family is so important to both Ryan and I. He’s a total Southern Californian boy hailing from Orange County, and while I was born and raised in SoCal as well, my entire family is from and still resides in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and even the Midwest! 35 family members flew in from 6 different states to be a part of our big day! Also, while Ryan will tell you that I’m a “Disney princess reincarnated”- that is simply not true :)- but I do know every line and lyric to Beauty and The Beast! And because of those childhood memories, it was important that my dad and I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of “Tale as Old As Time.” I sobbed all the way down, of course. The minute I turned the corner, the flood gates opened. But I also cry during Hallmark Christmas movies and in any chick flick, for that matter. Speaking of, I really think my love for the The Notebook inspired my wedding vision, too. There is nothing more southern or more romantic than that classic love story!

Photography: Jenny Quicksall Photography | Videography: Amari Productions | Planner: Kari Dirksen Of Feathered Arrow Events | Florals: Poppy Hill Flowers | Cake: SusieCakes | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy | Bartenders: Cocktail Concierge | Donuts: Randy's Donuts LA | Hair/ Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty | Invitation Suite: Whimsy B Paperie | Laser Cut Sign: Creative Amme | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Music: CLS Entertainment Group | Outdoor Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Ribbon: Tono Co | Specialty Rentals: Dish Wish

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Texas College Sweethearts Wed at The Room On Main in Dallas

As someone who found love in college myself, I’ve got a soft spot for college sweethearts—and today’s lovebirds are simply the cutest pair. Also like my husband and I, Haley and Hunter said I do nine years after meeting and oh, did they do it in serious style. With Engaged Events and Something Pretty Floral to help beautify the day, their Dallas celebration is one I know you’ll go a little pin-happy with. Stephanie Brazzle captured it all, right here.

From Stephanie BrazzleHaley and Hunter met in September of their freshman year at TCU. They remained mere acquaintances until after a couple chance encounters, Hunter asked Haley on their first date. Hunter picked Haley up from her dorm, Colby Hall, and they walked to nearby Dutch’s Burgers, a local favorite at TCU. Despite the first date nerves, they had a great time and began what would be a long journey together that would culminate with their wedding over nine years later.

During the next four years at TCU, Haley and Hunter formed countless friendships and made memories that they cherish to this day. The summer following their graduation from TCU, Hunter moved to Waco to attend Baylor Law School, and Haley started her first job in Fort Worth. They drove back and forth between Waco and Fort Worth nearly every weekend for the following three years. Hunter’s law school graduation was not only significant for Hunter, but also meaningful for Haley and Hunter as a couple, knowing that their future together could finally begin in the same city! To celebrate this milestone, Haley and Hunter spent two wonderful weeks in Italy. During their last evening in Venice while watching boats sail through the canal, Hunter surprised Haley with a proposal. After Haley said “yes!” and shed a few tears, they returned home to share this exciting news with their family and friends.

Shortly after returning home, Haley and Hunter moved to Dallas together, where they began planning their wedding. It meant so much to Haley and Hunter to host their families from all over the country in Dallas. They were married in the Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church and the reception was held at The Room on Main. It perfectly embodied what they had always envisioned for their wedding day, a traditional, intimate, and emotional celebration. As the bride and groom arrived at the reception, the sun was setting beautifully through the 15-foot floor to ceiling windows. And as the sun set, hundreds of candles placed on the tables throughout the room illuminated the venue. As the reception came to an end, Haley and Hunter shared one last romantic dance together followed by a grand exit as friends and family tossed rose petals. It was a beautiful night which brought together Haley’s and Hunter’s families and friends for which they will be forever grateful. It was truly a night they will remember forever!

photographer: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | videographer : Jonathan Mayfield Media | wedding dress : Nordstrom | Cake: Panini Bakery | Invitations: Scribbles And Swirls | ceremony : Highland Park Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Room On Main | catering: Cn Catering | hair and makeup : Anastasia Strattan | lighting : Le Force Entertainment | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | tux: The Black Tux | transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines | accomodations : Hotel Crescent Court | floral: Something Pretty Floral | planning : Engaged Events

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5 Easy & Delicious Comfort Food Recipes Your Sweetheart Will Love

Raise your hand if you LOVE cooking for your Mr. or Mrs.! Now raise your hand if you’d love to but you’re no Martha Stewart in the kitchen if you know what I mean (um… guilty.) Well, don’t let that stop you from treating your loved one to a tasty, home-cooked meal from time to time made by yours truly. With the help of our friends at Cuisinart, we’re sharing a bunch of super easy and super delicious comfort food recipes that anyone will love – whether your S.O. is salty or sweet! Keep on reading for 5 simple-to-make dishes that are perfect for any occasion, from a wedding anniversary to a birthday… or for no reason at all!



You can’t go wrong with a breakfast comfort food classic! Want to whip up some Pinterest-worthy waffles for your S.O. but have no clue where to start? Easy – Cuisinart’s Round Classic Waffle Maker does the job for you! Get those perfectly round and golden waffles every time without fail, guaranteed. We’ll have your hub thinkin’ you’re the Barefoot Contessa in no time.

Adapted from: This recipe!


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh blueberries (optional)


Chill the bowl & whisk attachment of the Cuisinart Stand Mixer in the freezer for 15 minutes while you assemble breakfast ingredients.

Place the bowl & whisk on the Stand Mixer. Pour in the whipping cream & 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Whisk the cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Set whipped cream aside.

Preheat Cuisinart waffle iron.

Beat eggs in large bowl with whisk until fluffy.

Stir in flour, milk, vegetable oil, 1 tbs sugar, baking powder, salt and extract, just until smooth.

Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron & cook until golden brown.

Serve waffles hot with a scoop of whipped cream & drizzled with maple syrup and blueberries.


Ahh, chicken pot pie – an American household staple! It’s hard to beat a homemade pot pie with creamy filling and a flaky crust… it’s a dish that brings you straight back to childhood. It might look intimidating at first, but it’s actually much easier than you think! And with Cuisinart’s state-of-the-art food processor on hand, it’s going to make things a piece of cake… or dare we say, easy as pie ;)

Adapted from: This recipe!


  • For the biscuits:
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cold and cut into thick slices
  • 1 1/8 cup buttermilk, cold

For the filling:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cups thinly diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1½ cups frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken


Make the biscuits: whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, and sugar in a medium bowl.

Pour the dry mixture into the Cuisinart food processor. Add the butter and cream cheese and pulse them into the flour mixture until it is unevenly crumbly.

Add the buttermilk and mix it into the dry ingredients until it forms a shaggy dough.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly-floured cutting board. Knead lightly until it comes together and then press it into a flat circle about 1½ inches thick.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Use a biscuit cutter to cut biscuit shapes, placing each on a cookie sheet. Press together the dough scraps and repeat until no dough remains. Set biscuits aside in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Make the filling: in a medium saucepan, melt 2 tbs of butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they start to soften, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the garlic and continue cooking an additional minute. Add the carrots, celery and peas and cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a medium bowl and set aside.

Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in the same saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and chicken broth. Once no bits of flour remain, turn the heat to medium-low and whisk in the milk and cream.

Add the chicken, lemon and nutmeg. Stir in the vegetables and cook together for several minutes.

Pour filling into a large skillet or baking dish. Place the biscuits on top of the filling until it is completely covered.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the biscuits are golden and the filling along the sides of the dish is bubbling. Let cool slightly before serving.


No, we’re not talking microwavable mac and cheese here, folks – we’re talking delicious, creamy, gourmet mac & cheese that’s about to be your new go-to as a main or side dish for any occasion. Kids and adults alike will love this cozy meal.

Adapted from: This recipe! 


  • 16 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • ¼ tsp paprika


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain into a colander and then put into a large casserole dish.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk and cream to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in the cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick.

Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir well.

Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add the panko crumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese until fully covered. Sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake for 30 minutes and serve!


Let’s face it – grilled cheese is basically the comfort food champion of life! It’s also ridiculously easy to master, so we couldn’t help but add it to our list (twice!) Want to take this classic dish one step further? Use Cuisinart’s Griddler like we did for major style points. It’s super easy to use with user-friendly digital controls, an LCD display and 5-in-1 cooking options. The floating cover and reversible plates are easily removable, so you have a grill and a griddle all in one! For a delicious pair, we’re serving up a side of Creamy Tomato Soup to go along with this delicious pressed grilled cheese sandwich.

Adapted from: This recipe!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • 16 oz chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook about 1 minute.

Stir in flour and blend, cook about 1 minute.

Add stock and tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down to low and use and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth (or transfer in batches to a blender to puree).

Stir in cream and cook 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh basil, serve hot.


Grilled cheese is just so good and easy to me make that it deserved two spots on our list. To put a fun spin on this simple classic – just add pesto! It’s so surprisingly delicious you’ll be wondering what you’ve been doing all these years without it.

Adapted from: This recipe!


  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon prepared pesto sauce
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 slices fresh mozzarella


Heat up your Cuisinart griddler to 400°F on the grill setting.

Spread one side of a slice of bread with butter, and place it buttered side down on the griddler.

Layer the provolone cheese and mozzarella cheese atop the slice of bread. Lightly spread the pesto on top of the mozzarella layer.

Butter a second slice of bread and place atop the sandwich. Press down the griddler and cook for about 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is crisp and lightly browned.

We hope you enjoy these delicious, easy-to-make comfort food dishes with your spouse or soon-to-be! We exclusively used Cuisinart’s amazing products to cook each of these meals, and all of their products are available to add to your wedding registry – how exciting is that!? There are so many different products to choose from to help you fill your dream kitchen with everything you’ll need, from appliances to cookware to bakeware! The options are truly endless. Happy cooking!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

Romantic Garden Wedding in Bermuda at Mount Pleasant

The love story that precedes this beachy fete has a serendipitous twist for the books… raised in Bermuda, this duo found their way to each other upon returning home after studying overseas. But what’s more—six years later they found an old photo together in which they both attended the same violin class, unknowingly from youth. It’s one of those stars align, meant-to-be kind of love stories. Their wedding from dasfete and Jenny Moloney is the sweetest culmination.

From the bride… Ryan and I first met 8 years ago in Bermuda, having both moved home to the island after studying overseas and we have been together ever since. However, a couple of years ago, a close family friend discovered an old photograph of me in a violin class when I was only 5 years old. One of the boys in the picture next to me turned out to be Ryan! We still marvel that the photo was discovered as we would have never otherwise realized that we had in fact known each other most of our lives.

As two Bermudians, we knew our island home was where we wanted our family and friends to come for a week of celebrating, boating, golfing, fishing and beaching. The search for the venue itself proved a little more difficult as we wanted somewhere off the beaten path. On an island 22 miles long, that is no easy feat. We eventually stumbled on Mount Pleasant — an expansive Bermudian estate tucked discreetly upon a hill with unrivaled views, tall trees, native florals and intricate gardens. It was originally built as Bermuda’s first court house, and is now owned by a childhood friend of Ryan’s who grew up in a family home next door to Mount Pleasant. It was the ultimate playground for two young boys to bounce around and climb everything in sight. Being able to host our ceremony and reception at a property steeped in Bermudian history with so many childhood memories was incredibly special and meaningful.

One of the very first things we came up with after getting engaged was the wedding hashtag – #AFariesTaleWedding – which was a spin on my future last name “Faries.” The hashtag, coupled with the beautiful gardens of Mount Pleasant, set the aesthetic for our wedding early on and became the main inspiration for the rest of the details. We envisioned a day of relaxed elegance which was brought to life by Selange and Matthew Strong of Dasfete. One of my favorite design elements was the pergola with sheer white draped fabric, hand built by Matthew and Dasfete’s carpenters, as it gave the tent a stunning visual effect.

Having our wedding close to home meant we could take advantage of local Bermudian talent including Coral Coast Clothing, which is owned by two close friends. With one of the founders, Adam Petty, in the wedding party, it couldn’t have been more fitting to feature their clothing line for the groomsmen attire. The custom Bermuda shorts matched the wedding’s soft color palette perfectly. Ryan also gifted the groomsmen personalized Coral Coast shirts with their initials monogrammed on the cuff, adding a special touch.

My signature cocktail was vodka-based, with a touch of mint, while Ryan’s featured Goslings rum. For our dessert bar, Dasfete incorporated an ice cream bar and an 8’ donut wall featuring “malsadas” (Portuguese donuts) as a nod to Ryan’s Azorean descent. Dasfete also framed a picture of our dog, Cedar, to mark the head table and it was an amazing touch to see her sweet little face when we sat down. The hashtag was appropriately displayed in giant lettering above the pool and was immersed on a bed of greenery surrounded by giant floating balloons. It was a popular spot for insta-worthy pictures!

As locals, we know that Bermuda weather can be volatile. Though we woke up to downpouring rain, when it came time to walk down the aisle the skies had cleared for a sunny ceremony and cocktail hour. With only one other quick rain shower happening while everyone was safely seated underneath the tent for dinner, we like to think the well-timed rain was a gentle nudge from our loved ones above, including both of our fathers who had passed away. The entire day was beautifully captured by our photographers, Jenny Moloney and her husband Blake. We fell in love with their charismatic personalities and are so happy they were able to travel all the way to Bermuda to capture our most special moments.

Hiring Das Fete was the single best decision we made in wedding planning. We had a specific vision in mind and Selange and Matt executed it flawlessly. They masterminded the garden wedding of our wildest dreams, transforming a backyard into a magical oasis fully equipped with sound, a dance floor and a kitchen which simply would not have been possible without them and their team.

One piece of advice is to choose wisely in picking where you will be getting ready on the day of the wedding. You spend a significant amount of time in that space and it also shapes your mood and your frame of mind for the rest of the day. Some of my fondest memories and pictures are from the pre-wedding hours spent with my bridesmaids getting ready and relaxing. Speakers and a playlist, PJ’s for your girls, some small decorations, candles to set the vibe and a little bubbly will go a long way!

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From the planner, dasfete… The most important part for Dasfete as planners and designers is to tell the bride and grooms story and create memories that they and their guests will forever cherish. The details create the experience and ambiance. Selange met with Lyndsay and Ryan to learn about their personalities, their love, their story to really bring to life their fairytale wedding.

In Bermuda you have limited tent options and only one choice for a tent liner. Dasfete wanted this tent to be a one of a kind elevated experience without taking away from the stunning gardens that surrounded it. They knew they needed to think outside the box. By creating custom built pergolas with hanging chandeliers and fabric the tent came alive and created an intimate and romantic space. The dinner tables featured romantic florals using local greenery and florals that would typically be grown in a Bermudian garden- Garden roses, Snap Dragons, Ferns, Stephanotis etc. In addition, the dancefloor was positioned in the middle of the tent with a quote from one of their favourite reggae songs (Buju Banton- I don’t wanna let you go, with you I’m in no hurry) with a beautiful lounge that divided the dining area from the dancing area- allowing for ease of flow and creating intimate spaces. The custom-built bars were positioned next to the dancefloor adorned with hanging florals, pendants and endless candles. An outdoor lounge was draped with Edison bulbs under a starry night so those taking a break from the dance floor could take in the stunning property under the stars… tying in perfectly with #AFariesTaleWedding. The gardens and house were up lit with LED lights in a blush amber color which created a dramatic transition as the sun set.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Cinematography: Lara Smith | Event Design: dasfete | Event Planning: dasfete | Cakes: Sweet P | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shona Joy | Catering: Take Five Catering | Makeup Artist: Afroditi Yiovreki | Hair: Raquel from Blue Print Studio | Groomsmen's Attire: Coral Coast Clothing | Wedding Venue: Private Estate: Mount Pleasant | Bridal Dress Shop: Rime Arodaky | Bridal Gown: Rime Arodaky | Bridal Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Bridal Robe: Bloomingdales | Bridal Veil: Amsale | Bridemaid Robes: ASOS | Getting Ready Venue: Coral Beach & Tennis Club | Mixologist: The Blind Pig Cocktail Co. | Paper Suite/Graphic Design: Christina Lenahan | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Coral Beach & Tennis Club | Stationery Suite: Sage Paper Co.

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The One Dessert that Beats Birthday Cake, Hands Down

Naomi of The Bakers Royale is our new hero. She took birthday cake and french macarons and combined them into one unbelievably good looking dessert. Behold the Cake Batter French Macaron perfect for that sprinkle fix or any and all birthday celebrations. Never ever will I settle for regular old cake again. Psst… check out more delicious sweet treats right here.

Cake Batter French Macarons
prep time
1 Hour/s 45 Minute/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
2 Hour/s 5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • Macaron shells
  • 60 g almond meal
  • 120g confectioner's sugar
  • 20 g granulated sugar
  • 60 g egg whites (about 2 eggs)
  • 3 tablspoons sprinkles
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon teal powdered food color (I used Rolkem)
  • Cake Batter Icing
  • 1 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 drops pink food coloring
  1. Preparation: Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Process almond meal and powdered sugar in a food processor; sift and discard any large chunks. *If you are using powdered food coloring, whisk it in now. Set aside.
  3. Place egg whites and sugar in a stand mixer bowl, fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium low speed until egg whites start to form loose translucent bubbles. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until meringue turns foamy and white and starts to resemble well lathered shampoo, about 2 minutes. Increase mixer to high and beat until meringue holds glossy stiff peaks, about another 2-3 minutes. *If you are using liquid food coloring, add it in now and beat until just combined. Turn off mixer.
  4. Add dry ingredients to meringue. Using a sturdy spatula fold and smash dry mixture into meringue against side of bowl for about 20-25 folds. Don’t worry about being gentle the idea is to knock the air out of it. The batter should hold its shape when spooned on itself and start to slowly flatten out after about 15-20 seconds. Start checking the batter after 20 folds for readiness. Transfer batter to pastry bag and let rest for 20 minutes before piping.
  5. Pipe 1 1/2 inch circles onto parchment lined baking sheet. Take hold of pan and give it a quick hard tap against the counter, turn the pan 90 degrees and give it another quick hard tap. This will deflate any bubbles and will help to prevent cracked shells.
  6. Set pans aside until a slight skin forms on macarons, about 30-40 minutes. (The batter should not stick to your finger when lightly touched). Bake macarons at 300 degrees F, until macarons easily lift away from paper, about 20 minutes.
  7. To make filling: Add all ingredients into a stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment. Mix on low speed until all ingredients are combined, then gradually increase mixer speed from medium to high and beat for 30-60 seconds on hight until icing is thick and fluffy. Add more powdered sugar to thicken consistency as needed or heavy cream to loosen consistency as needed.
  8. Assembly: Pipe filling on one shell. Place second shell on top.


We’d also give up our birthday cake for these beauties…

Photography: Bakers Royale | Recipe and Styling: Bakers Royale

A Chic Vogue-Inspired Wedding at The Mount in the Berkshires

New England charm meets refined elegance at this gorgeous wedding planned by the beautiful bride herself (umm, impressive!) It was the most perfect Spring day in the Berkshires for Kelsey and Nate to tie the knot. They exchanged vows in a garden setting under an arbor teeming with greenery and light pink fleurs. A bride after our own heart, she carried a bouquet lush with fluffy peonies arranged by Garden Blossoms Florist. Guests dined al fresco style at a single banquet table in between rows of manicured trees. See all the sun-soaked details of the day, perfectly captured by Amanda K Photography


From the Bride and Groom… Nate and I met through work. I started working for a dental distributor after college and he had been there for a few years prior. Initially, we started out as just really great friends. Looking back, I think that was the best foundation for our relationship. After months went by, we began to date and the relationship evolved. Eventually, I ended up leaving my job and started my own swim and resort wear company, Lee Merritt. I got the name from Nate’s middle name Lee and mine, Merritt. Nate is now the director of business development for a dental firm. Together, we live in Austin, Texas with our two French Bulldogs, Vincent & Jules.


Many people know right away where they would want to get married but for us, that wasn’t the case. We had friends and family coming from all over the globe so we were up for anything. Nate is half Colombian and his family primarily lives in Bogota so we had originally considered hosting the celebration in Colombia. We visited several venues in Cartagena but ended up deciding that as much as we loved the romantic city, we wanted something one, a little more centrally located for our guests and two, a little cooler. Since neither of us were keen on a beach wedding, the search continued. I ended up coming across a historic mansion called The Mount located in the heart of The Berkshires by chance. As I scrolled through photos of the beautiful mansion that once was novelist’s Edith Wharton’s residence, I instantly fell in love. We went to visit the Berkshires in early October just in time to catch the fall foliage. 

The area is filled with so much history you can just feel it. While we were there we came across another historic site called Chesterwood. This was the old summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor best known for the Lincoln Memorial. Behind his studio lies a garden with a blooming aisle of the most amazing hydrangea trees in late summer and gorgeous pink and white peonies in the spring. Both locations were so magical that we decided to have the ceremony at Chesterwood and the reception at The Mount. What I loved most about this location was that it was a place most guests would never have experienced otherwise. We rented out the charming Kemble Inn to host our Bridal Party for the weekend. Having us all under one roof was so much fun. Nate and his family hosted our rehearsal dinner at the incredible Wheatleigh Hotel just a few miles away in Stockbridge.


We visited the Berkshires once more before the big day in early spring to meet with vendors and have our tastings. We laughed about how the scenery looked completely different each time we visited and weren’t entirely sure what it would look like come June – “We’re not in Texas anymore!” Once I had the location picked out, making decisions became a lot easier. I’m proud to say I planned the wedding myself with lots of help from my mother. (Cheers to all the wedding planners out there, wow!) None of the venues were turn key so it was a lot of work but seeing it all come to fruition was the ultimate reward. I remember sitting at dinner and looking down the 130 foot dinner table at all of our friends and family enjoying themselves and just taking it all in. Nate and I know how rare and special it is to get all of our loved ones in the same place at the same time and are so grateful to have had such a magical night. With the entire weekend being planned outside, we were so happy to have gotten such beautiful weather!


Per my usual, the attire was of highest priority. After trying on countless gowns, I had nearly lost hope when I stumbled upon Nardos, a custom couture bridal designer from Dallas, Texas. Nardos and I clicked immediately and she was able to help me achieve the perfect style for our big day by taking certain elements from a few of my favorite dresses I had tried on previously and combining them into one cohesive look. She nailed it. One of my favorite features was the detachable train. This allowed for a more dramatic look for the ceremony that turned into a slimming silhouette for the reception.

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Photography: Amanda K Photography | Floral Design: Garden Blossoms Florist | Gown : Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Chesterwood | Reception Venue: The Mount | Shoes: Vera Wang | Catering: Savory Harvest Catering | Make-up: Karrie Welch | Hair: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Calligraphy: Paper Party Designs | Band: Those Guys Band | Earrings : Kenneth J Lane | Rehearsal Dinner : Wheatleigh | Rehearsal Dress : Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Video : Jes Rowe

High School Sweethearts’ Wedding at The Ivory Oak in Texas

Can you imagine having to change your wedding venue just two months before your big day?! That’s exactly what this duo had to do after finding out their original venue was to be sold—even forcing them to re-send their wedding invitations. Thankfully this wedding planning woe was a blessing in disguise, because if Caitlin Rose‘s images have anything to say about it, venue #2 (The Ivory Oak) made for the loveliest setting. Memory Lane Weddings coordinated the entire day, leaving the Bride & Groom completely free to soak in their celebration. Have a look below!

From Caitlin Rose PhotographyChelsey and Gabriel started dating in high school and have been together for 10 years. They had been waiting years for their big day of finally making it official. The couple wanted a classic southern outdoor wedding in the hill country with bright florals and romantic details.

They picked out a venue just outside of Austin, only to find out that their original venue had been sold. The couple had to pick out a new venue just two months before the wedding! Luckily the Ivory Oak, a brand new southern venue in Wimberley, was available on their wedding date. This was actually the venue’s first wedding! The couple had to re-send out all their wedding invitations with the details of the venue change.

On the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly, everyone was relaxed, and the couple could not have been happier with how it all turned out. The bride wore her mother’s jewelry and a stunning classic lace dress. It was supposed to rain all day, but the rain held off for their wedding. Chelsey and Gabriel could not stop smiling as they officially tied the knot. Congrats to the high school sweethearts!

Photography: Caitlin Rose Photography | Coordination: Memory Lane Event Center | Florals: Wild Bunches | Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Caterer: Trudy's | Make-up: Noelle Ponce-Alivar | DJ: DJ enCore | Venue: The Ivory Oak | Bridal Boutique: Belle Saison | Bridal Gown Designer: Mori Lee | Ceremony Programs: Ink and Veil | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Hairstylist: Keisha Dorty | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Classic Al Fresco Wedding in San Diego at Del Mar Country Club

I can’t quite sum up how much love I have for this Bride today. She is beautiful, she is fiercely strong and I hope her sweet story will inspire every one of you out there to embrace every single part of who you are, inside and out. The same week Taylor was engaged to Ian, she underwent surgery to have skin cancer removed, leaving a visible scar on her collarbone. Rather than covering it, she made the powerful decision to don her dream dress, this Galia Lahav number. There’s so much more to this story and day planned and designed by Luxe Events and captured by Cavin Elizabeth—experience it all below.

From Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyTaylor and Ian held their wedding on October 27, 2018, at the Del Mar Country Club in San Diego. Although their wedding turned out beautifully, this was not their original venue. Sadly, four months before their wedding, their original private estate venue was forced to stop hosting weddings, which forced all of their couples to find new venues. Taylor and Ian thankfully were able to find a beautiful alternative that featured French details, such as the blue shutters and ivy-covered turret, which had drawn them to their original venue. Because the Del Mar Country Club has such vibrant architectural details, the couple chose to keep their wedding colors simple with a classic pair of ivory, green, and a few pops of blue and black.

Courtney of Brightly Designed created an elegant invitation suite centered around the letterpress invitation which featured soft, torn edges. The taupe ink of the letterpress text matched the color of the envelopes. Inside the envelope, guests would find a greenery inspired envelope liner and all of the invitation suite pieces wrapped in light blue silk ribbon. A series of five vintage landscape and nature-inspired stamps were adhered to each envelope.

The week that Taylor and Ian were engaged, Taylor underwent surgery to remove skin cancer on her chest. She was left with a scar on her collarbone that she initially had a strong dislike for. Many people asked her how she was going to cover her scar with her gown. Instead, Taylor chose the sweetheart Galia Lahav gown she fell in love with and learned to embrace her scar as part of her story and body. Her strength and courage, not only in becoming a cancer survivor, but also in her confidence to bear a scar that many would cover, is incredibly inspiring. Her beauty runs deep, inside and out.

Bridesmaids wore light blue gowns with varying necklines and carried bouquets full of white roses and greenery. Taylor’s mother donned a deep blue sleeveless gown in keeping with the color tones of the wedding. Because Taylor’s Galia Lahav gown featured such intricate beading, she kept her accessories simple with pearl earrings and a pearl necklace that looked beautiful with her long strawberry blonde curls.

Ian wanted to wait to see Taylor until the ceremony, so Taylor opted for a first look with her father who absolutely adored his private moment with his daughter. Before the ceremony, Taylor and Ian both read letters they’d written each other as a way to express their love privately and connect without seeing each other before the aisle.

For the ceremony, Taya of Compass Floral made an exquisite circular arch completely covered in various types of white flowers and wild greenery. The look was organic and a little wild but also incredibly elegant and refined. On the aisle, guest seating was adorned with small arrangements of green and white flowers fastened to the wooden Chiavari chairs with white ribbon. With only around 75 guests, the ceremony took place on an intimate patio and was beautifully backlit by the sun. Taylor wanted to make use of a unique spot at the Del Mar Country Club that downplayed the golf course and featured perfect ceremony lighting.

As the bride and groom were drawn to the ivy-covered walls, blue shutters, and grand staircase of the venue, their portraits were taken in areas that highlighted these features. Ian’s black tuxedo and Taylor’s Galia Lahav gown provided a beautiful white and black contrast to the greenery of the property for an elegant and classic look.

Guests mingled over cocktails and tray passed appetizers on a patio that overlooked the reception site and the golf course. A printed sign by Brightly Designed showed guests to their seats as they made their way down to the lower lawn for the reception.

Cara of Luxe Events incorporated the beautiful white and green flowers from Compass Floral with blue glassware and black dinnerware from Hostess Haven to tie in all of the wedding colors. Place cards matching the envelope liner of the invitations rested near the menus that sat beneath ribbon and a sprig of greenery. Elegant and vintage cane-back Oak Louis chairs were placed around the white textured linens of each table. For the bride and groom, Cara had wooden laser-cut “bride” and “groom” signs with smilax on their chairs.

A custom-made white bar with the couple’s wedding logo served the Taylor and Ian’s signature drink, an Old Fashioned. Cara styled the dessert table with light blue linen and several desserts, including donuts and cookies. The cake itself was kept classic and simple with just two sets of floral adornments.

After dinner, guests made use of the multiple white lounges centered around the dance floor and by the bar. On top of each lounge table were votives and smilax that enforced the romantic mood of the evening, which was spent on heartfelt toasts and a very packed dance floor to the tune of Taylor and Ian’s favorite music.

Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: Compass Floral | Gown: Galia Lahav | Stationery: Brightly Designed | DJ: DJ | Officiant: David Cutler Officiant | Beauty: A Toast To Beauty | Country Club: Del Mar Country Club | Desserts: VG Donut & Bakery | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Gown Boutique: White of Dublin | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning and Design: Luxe Events | Rentals: Hire Elegance | Rentals: Concepts Event Design | Table Top Rentals: Hostess Haven

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Soft and Romantic Lake Como Wedding Inspiration at Villa Balbiano

When admiring this stunning wedding inspiration at Villa Balbiano from Trynh Photography, it was difficult to describe it as anything other than this: an absolute dream. From the bride’s ethereal Musat Bridal gown, to the romantic boat ride, to the soft and classic tablescape décor…. there is truly no other way to define this perfect day. Take in all the incomparable Lake Como views and dreamy moments below…

From Trynh PhotographyThis editorial took place in the Italian paradise of Lake Como at the elegant Villa Balbiano. The villa made for the most picture-perfect setting for this romantic day. 

Our real couple, Bianca and Francesca are deeply in love, adore Italy, traveling, and classic fashion. 

The extravagant natural setting offered a perfect mix of scenery without needing to bring much else in. 

The clear blue water, the sloping hills of the mountains, and the blooming flowers and plants were pure perfection. The scene was straight out of a fairytale. 

We kept the styling and directions classic and elegant to go along with the grand villa. Then all we had to do was capture the chemistry of the couple. It was a truly magical day!

Photography: Trynh Photography | Floral Design: Madness Flowers Italy | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Qualcosa di Dolce | Stationary: Victoria Krav | Jewelry: Di Gregorio Gioielli | Tux: Briane & Barry | Wedding Venue: Villa Balbiano | Boat: Revi | Bridal Accessories: Nea Bridal | Design & Creative Direction: Trynh Photography | HMUA: Ava Belle | Planning: NKT Events | Ribbon: Seidenband | Tabletop: Tableset Luxury Rentals

Bold and Colorful Wedding Inspiration for the Fashion Forward Bride

If you’re the type of bride who lives for all things Dolce & Gabbana, isn’t afraid to be bold with color and desires a fashion-forward look for your wedding day, then this editorial from Toast Santa Barbara is all the inspiration you’ll ever need. Every last detail of this shoot from the flowers to the cake just screams elevated elegance. We’re lovinggg the daring color scheme of hot pinks, bright yellows and rich teal. Keep on scrolling through these stunning photos from Rebecca Yale Photography to see it all (including all THREE gorgeous gowns)!

From Toast Santa BarbaraFor this editorial we were inspired to create something bold and colorful, yet still bridal and elegant. We were inspired by a floral print Dolce & Gabbana dress and developed a design concept based around that piece. 

The goal was grand and opulent! Gold hand-painted china, vintage crystal glassware, rich velvet linens, colorful gowns, ornate lace, and a fabulous estate. The shoot took place at an old-world, beautifully restored, private estate in Montecito. The property had unique gardens, sprawling lawns, and the estate made for the perfect backdrop. We knew we wanted to utilize the incredible spring flowers we were getting and incorporate color into the entirety of the shoot. 

We also wanted to make sure we created a classic bridal look as well, so it only made sense to create three different bridal looks to encompass a range of bridal fashion. The first, a black, floral-patterned, Monique Lhuillier gown, was the perfect statement dress we were hoping for! The sweeping length of the gown, the daring slit, and the bold colors created the perfect dramatic feel. We paired the dress with a bouquet to match, filled with cascading lengths of passion vine and colorful garden roses.

The second look was our classic bridal look. Paired with a stunning Monique Lhuillier lace wedding gown, we used a golden crown from Hushed Commotion to keep the feeling of an opulent affair. We kept the bouquet neutral but added muted hues of our shoot’s color palette. Instead of the bright pinks and yellows, we opted for mauves and mustards. The third and final look was a playful, high-low after-party gown, with a bright and full, coral charm peony bouquet! What better style gown to cut your cake and dance the night away in than that! It was important that the ceremony backdrop was grand and exquisite, so what better place than the front of this incredible estate?!

We set up vintage pews from Found Vintage Rentals adorned with southern smilax garlands and hand-dyed silk ribbon. The ceremony front was framed with large, lush arrangements in bright, bold pinks and corals all set in front of a majestic fountain. The reception table brought all of these elements together; filled with lush flowers overflowing in an elongated golden urn, taper candles in gold candelabras, beeswax candle votives, vibrant table runner and napkins, and little wooden canary birds and miniature robin’s egg nests.

Combined with vintage crystal glassware, gold flatware and hand-thrown and hand-painted china from The Ark, each place setting was topped with a peacock colored napkin, a golden tassel, and a menu with the guest’s name printed. Creating our vision for the cake was one of the most fun parts of the shoot! Again, we wanted bold, colorful, and something you hadn’t seen before! With help from Lele Patisserie, this vision came to life! Lele added edible gold leafing to a three-tier peacock colored cake.

We used mock orange blooms, blueberry vine, coral charm peonies, and garden roses to create a playful design that would mirror the playfulness of the third dress! We even added a wooden canary to tie in the canaries in the reception arrangement. We topped the table with a lush velvet linen from La Tavola, more hot pink and coral blooms, and natural beeswax candles.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Tuxedos: Sene | China, Glassware, Flatware: The Ark Event Rentals | Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Earrings and Crown: Hushed Commotion | Invitations, Menus, Placecards: Lotus & Ash | Models: Delaney Sager | Planner and Florals: TOAST Santa Barbara | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Runners, Napkins, Chair Cushions and Cake Table Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Table, Dining Chairs, Ceremony Pews: Found Rental Co. | Venue Sketch: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | Welcome Box: Salt Pepper Gifts | White Shoes: Bella Belle

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Tropical Wedding Inspiration at The Historic Walton House

Bright, tropical colors mixed with darker and muted tones against a lush green background created a picture perfect shoot, produced by Masi Events and captured by Alisa Ferris Photography. The natural beauty of the venue paired with oli Flor’s stunning centerpieces made for what looked like a dream of a reception table! From flamingos to flourishing greens and even gold palm trees, it is safe to say that there was no shortage on photo opp’s at The Historic Walton House. Take a peek below and don’t forget to check out the full gallery….and the array of animals that made appearances throughout the day!

From Masi EventsThe Historic Walton House is a beautiful tropical lush setting. When designing we wanted to incorporate colors that all worked well together but also popped with the all greenery. The bright reds, rich burgundy and lighter pinks and taupes all worked harmoniously together.

 The ceremony backdrop was designed with two art deco gold palm trees with a lush floral installation. Danielle Curry of oli Flor has a natural instinct when it comes to designing and creating beautiful environments. She had foraged some dried leaves that morning that added interest and texture to the centerpieces.

The tablescape was a wooden farm table paired with these beautiful rose velvet chairs. The runner had the couple’s favorite song hand-lettered down the table. Sea grape leaves were used as the place cards and gold trim on the serve ware and flatware added the perfect touch.

 Instead of your traditional bridal bouquet the bride wore a floral garland, draped beautifully over her dress. Such a gorgeous and different way of carrying flowers to not cover your gown! The three tier watercolor inspired cake created by Earth & Sugar looked perfect with the venues bright and vibrant colors.

The natural surrounding of the venue enhanced all the beauty that was designed for the ceremony and reception. An absolutely perfect place to say ‘I Do’ and celebrate the day away with colors and backgrounds that won’t disappoint!

Photography: Alisa Ferris | Floral Design: oli FLOR | Wedding Dress: Blue Tag Bridal | Jewelry: Vena Amoris Jewelry | Calligraphy: Tinta y Tierra | Venue: Historic Walton House | Bride: Layla | Cake Design: Earth And Sugar | Floral Provider: Afloral | Furniture Rentals + Napkins: Nuage Designs | Hair and Make up Artist: Visions by Daili | Invites: Bella Figura | Lead Designer: Masi Events | Production: Ruffled Blog Bride Diy | Ring Boxes: Voeu Du Coeur | TableTop Rentals: Pialisa


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Cozy Candlelit Wedding at Taylor River Lodge in Colorado

2020 winter lovebirds, I see you. Today’s wedding is for you. The word ‘cozy’ was made for this celebration at Taylor River Lodge, covered in a blanket of the whitest snow and a candlelit reception that glows like no other. Belleview Weddings & Events crafted a day that did the rustic Rocky Mountain vibe justice, while From the Ground Up Floral layered on their pretty touch. From the getting ready moments to the striking portraits to the sparkler-ski exit, you can be sure to find every moment documented below thanks to This Modern Romance.

From Belleview Weddings & EventsJustin and Kate’s history as a couple spanned a decade before being married – they were together and apart for over 10 years until, finally, a recognition that their deep connection had never faded pushed their lives together permanently. Kate was living overseas, in a committed relationship with someone else when Justin, owner of a popular dating app, realized that after years apart from her, he was still in love with Kate. While doing an interview with the New York Times regarding his app Justin realized that he needed to take a leap of faith and reach out to Kate. He flew to London, showed up on her doorstep, and spoke his truth. Let’s just say it worked.

Justin and Kate decided to get married in February in Crested Butte, Colorado with the snowy Rocky Mountains as their backdrop. A special family destination for Justin, the town’s authenticity and charm appealed to Kate as a perfectly romantic destination. The couple truly showcased all that Crested Butte had to offer- from farm-to-table dinners, to cat skiing on untouched powder, to an intimate ceremony at a quintessential mountain lodge. The stand out gathering of the 3 event-weekend was a gambling-inspired cocktail party set at a mountain yurt, nestled in an evergreen grove on the Crested Butte Nordic trail system. Guests donned nordic skis and skied, in the dark with guides, to a sumptuous cocktail party complete with a gypsy jazz band, 2 poker games, a custom bar menu and heavy passed and stationary appetizers.

Kate and Justin’s ceremony and reception took place at the Taylor River Lodge. In front of a roaring fire Kate and Justin said their vows. A beautiful plated dinner followed, served with live bluegrass-infused acoustic music in the background and amidst candlelight. Homemade marshmallow s’mores rounded out the evening. A thoroughly one-of-a-kind weekend of celebration for family and friends was the goal for Kate and Justin; one that was achieved!

Photography: This Modern Romance | Coordination: belle view events | Flowers: From The Ground Up Floral | dress: Oscar De La Renta | cake : Brittany Pankey | Reception Venue: Taylor River Lodge | Hair + Makeup: Natalie Duke Beauty | Bar: sidecar mobile bar | Jazz Band: Gypsy Jazz Social Club | Place Settings: Settings Event Rentals | Ski Rentals : Crested Butte Nordic | food + drink: Taylor River Lodge | getting ready: scarp ridge lodge | linens: BBJ La Tavola | musician : Tyler Lucas

Classic Chic Palm Springs Wedding with Modern Touches at Avalon Hotel

Is there anything quite as chic as a Palm Springs fete? I think not. With the help of Good Times Event Planning, Kirk and Ryan celebrated their Big Day, complete with sky-stretching palms, black and white details and lush tropical elements. Justin Gilbert followed their every move for captures that will warm your soul, desert style.

What was your aesthetic vision for your wedding day?

We wanted our wedding to look traditional and classic but with chic and modern accents.

How did you want your wedding to FEEL for you and your guests?

We wanted our guest to feel just as special as we did and enjoy themselves. Everyone who attended had a special place in our heart.

How did you choose your venue?

As Angelenos, we love Palm Springs and knew right away that would be our wedding city of choice. We love the old Hollywood vibe that the Avalon has to offer. It was also important that the venue be small and intimate, it felt like our wedding party had the run of the hotel all weekend. While small and boutique, the hotel property is situated in a way that creates separate spaces for each portion of the day.

What were some of the personal details that you infused to make your day feel uniquely you?

As the hotel is dog friendly, our dog Wilma was able to be a part of our day. She walked down the aisle with our officiant and sat next to us during dinner. We also had custom cocktail napkins created with fun facts about our relationship. We also brought in desserts from our favorite bakeries and ended the evening with In-N-Out burgers and fries.

Tell us about your attire!

Calvin Klein tuxedos with Christian Louboutin shoes.

Tell us about your reception decor…

We went with lush tropical foliage, emerald greens with accents of marble and gold.

Any steal-worthy details that readers should know about?

Custom cocktail napkins were super affordable and a hit with our guests. Letterbox signs are inexpensive and the perfect spot for a hashtag.

What were your wedding planning challenges?

Letting go of the reigns. As a creative director, and a bit of a perfectionist, I had a vision that I wanted to execute on my own. When it comes to the actual day, you have no capacity for that, you need to let go and allow those around you to execute.

Any advice for couples who are planning their wedding now?

No matter the outcome you will feel an enormous amount of love on your special day. So don’t stress and have fun with it.

Most vivid or best memory from the day?

Our ceremony and vows, makes me teary eyed thinking about it.

A few more details…

First Dance Song: Never Enough by Loren Allred

Signature Cocktails: Watermelon Smash (vodka, watermelon, mint) Whiskey Proper (whiskey, orange, pineapple, ginger beer, bitters)

Dinner Menu: Family style – heirloom tomato salad, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, polenta, garlic mashed potatoes, salmon, new york strip

Cake Flavors: Red velvet and carrot

From the planner Erin JamesThe day I met Kirk & Ryan, I adored their vision and knew I would absolutely love coordinating their wedding! They were both SO sweet and straight to the point. They knew what they were looking for and weren’t afraid to say it! Which is sometimes the hardest and most important aspect in planning a wedding.

Kirk was so thrilled to share his ideas of greenery, romance and a clean polished look, especially with someone who admired his creativity and organization as much as I did! It was so easy to get on the same page with these two, as we all agreed on making this day as personable and unique to their characters as best seen fit. From getting ready and walking down the aisle together, to incorporating their puppy Wilma Jean into their cake topper and playing Dolly during their Mother-Son Dances. I don’t think there was a dry eye in that ballroom. The venue, Avalon Palm Springs, Justin Gilbert Photography and Artisan Floral Design were key components, that helped tie their beautiful day together!

The venue had a very unique, yet organic flow. Moving from one lush, green space to the next! All very intimate and very accommodating to the overall feel, allowing guests to have a more interactive experience. Which many guests mentioned, they really enjoyed!

I knew Justin and the guys connected right away as well! He had shot their portraits once before and now was here shooting one of the most important moments of their life together! Justin was truly the sweetest photographer that I’ve had the pleasure of working with and he knew how to capture the guest’s attention, in order to get the photos he desired. He was genuine and was just as enthusiastic about Kirk and Ryan’s wedding as the rest of us!

The Artisan Team was also such a joy to work! They executed the floral design that spoke to Kirk’s vision! The grand arrangements framing the ceremony in the Regency Courtyard were absolutely breathtaking and they took such pride in laying out every piece of emerald garland and placing different dimensioned white candles every so artistically down the four grand tables, that were set across the Presidio Lawn. More details that the guests raved about throughout the evening! Kirk and Ryan’s day was everything and more!

Photography: Justin Gilbert Photography | Event Planning: Good Times Event Planning | Floral Design: ARTISAN Event . Floral . Decor | Food: In-N-Out Burger | DJ: Dart DJ | Wedding Venue: Avalon Hotel Palm Springs | Cookies: Diddy Riese | Desserts: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Photo Booth: Mr. Bartender

Glamorous Hawaii Wedding at Haiku Mill in Maui

Say hello to magic in Maui my friends. Haiku Mill is just the spot if you’re on the hunt for a fairytale destination wedding. To achieve the level of gorgeous in today’s fete, look no further than the vendor team that is Maui’s Angels, Teresa Sena, Sugar Beach Events, Sanaz Photography and the full list below! Ready for more? Let’s go!

From Maui’s AngelsSabrina and Angus both live in Sydney, Australia but Sabrina is originally from Brazil having moved to Australia not speaking a word of English. It was important to her to incorporate cultural elements into the wedding along with nods to Angus’ family and cheeky personality.

The bride walked down the aisle with her father through a tunnel of lush white draping to say their I do’s under hanging greenery and glowing candles. The ceremony began with the officiant sharing a funny anecdote on each bridal party member keeping the tone light and setting the stage for a celebration! Cocktail hour was enjoyed under the vast shade of the Haiku Mill mango tree complete with hand crafted Mai Tai’s and refreshing Aperol Spritzes. The dinner menu started with Pao De Quejo (Brazilian cheese bread) and ended with a glamorous dessert display featuring a traditional Brazilian favorite, Brigaderios.

As the guests entered the dining space, the white draped tunnel was removed to reveal gorgeous chandeliers, lush florals and ample candles throughout the space. Sabrina requested the first dance be dedicated to the groom’s father who sadly has passed away, all guests joined them on the dance floor for an emotional moment, followed by reminiscing and celebrating as Samba music blared and guests danced the night away in Havaiana flip flops, a favor from the bride and groom.

Photography: Sanaz Photography | Wedding Planner: Maui's Angels Weddings | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Officiant: Weddings With Annie | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Invitations & Paper Goods: sara verduzco calligraphy | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Place Settings: Set | Private Venue: Haiku Mill | Rentals: Inspiration Events Hawaii | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy | Stylist: Meili Autumn Beauty

Step into Spring with Jenny Yoo’s Flirty and Floral Spring 2019 Collection

The snow is melting, the birds are singing and it’s finally starting to feel like Spring is upon us! To get in the spirit of the season, we’re giving you the inside scoop on Jenny Yoo’s Spring 2019 Collection that’s blooming with heavenly floral prints and eye-catchingly unexpected details. This collection not only offers gorgeous gowns for brides, it also offers a variety of stunning dresses for bridesmaids too! Expect to see styles featuring sunset chiffon hues, rich French Blue velvet, sultry slits and one of our personal favorites – wrap dresses! While designing this collection, Jenny kept today’s bride in mind. She focuses on refined elegance, clean lines and romantic trains with surprising V backs. Keep on reading to swoon over these beautiful designs and hopefully find your dream dress for both you and your girls!



A ball gown that’s so magical it will have you feeling like a Disney Princess all night long. A personal favorite of Jenny’s, the ethereal  Valentina Gown features a semi-sheer bodice, long sleeves, a plunging V neck and elegant structural tucks on the skirt for an effortless transition into the long, wow-worthy train.


The Berkley gown is perfect for the classic bride who love a subtle dose of romance. The sultry semi-sheer sleeveless bodice is defined by a dramatic plunging V neck that accentuates the waist line. It’s made entirely of airy Silk Organza and stunning French Lace.


Sophisticated modern brides are going to fall in love with the Anderson gown. We’re living for this regal A line silhouette and dramatic V neck design. It’s complete with an eye-catching center pleat on the full ball skirt creating the ultimate hourglass shape. You truly can’t go wrong with a gown this good.


French lace, fit and flare… and fabulous – the Simone gown is quite the head turner. It’s the epitome romance, sultry and everything in between. It’s complete with a baring plunging V neckline, flattering waist seam and a beautiful court train. We love!


Have you EVER seen a wedding dress quite like this before? We sure haven’t! The Wesley gown is delicate, elegant and features flowing Chiffon panels at the shoulders creating a statement-making cape effect. What a modern beauty!


From left: Drew, Brie, Tatum, Dina

Garden wedding dreams start here… Choose from a variety of gowns for your gals from simple and clean to romantic and ethereal with floral embellishments. Love them all? Feel free to mix and match your favorite styles!

The Cara Gown

Simple, sleek and sophisticated – the Cara Gown has us head over heels. It features a modern plunging V neck, delicate cap sleeves and a dramatic center front slit.

From left: Ryan, Faye Ditsy Floral, James Ditsy Floral

How charming are these airy, flowy gowns? They compliment each other perfectly while still allowing your girls’ personal styles to shine through.

From left: Logan, Ellis

It’s official, “English Rose” might be one of our new favorite bridesmaid hues. We’re swooning over these luxurious stretch velvet bridesmaid dresses. Trust us,  your girls are going to love these flattering styles.

The Helena Dress

This chic and romantic gown comes in 27 different colors (major win!) It’s complete with an A line silhouette with a modern halter neckline, soft tulle and a two-band detail at the waist. The gown is finished with delicate rouching and a long, flowy skirt!

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Classic St. Louis Wedding at Graham Chapel with Private Home Reception

Every wedding starts with a good proposal story, whether a casual at-home nestled-in-bed kind of proposal or flash mob-style. Today’s is surprisingly sweet and made possible thanks to the Bride’s brother. Have a read below while you peruse the resulting at-home fete, planned by Absolutely IN! Events. Dressed in the loveliest classic black and white details, Brett Heidebrecht and Pen Weddings captured the full day!

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On a serendipitous sailing adventure with friends in Croatia, Nicole met the man who would become her future husband Dan. “We had several mutual friends but had never met each other prior to the trip,” Nicole says. “It was definitely ‘interest’ at first sight!”

Dan, a St. Louis native, and Nicole, from Dallas, kept in touch and began dating shortly after the Croatian vacation. The couple eventually moved together to Chicago in 2016. And soon, Dan was conspiring with Nicole’s brother, Aaron Wilkinson, to plan a surprise proposal. “Dan was out of town at a bachelor party in Nashville,” Nicole says. “It was my birthday weekend, so my brother flew up from Houston to stay with me while Dan was gone.”

Little did Nicole know, the proposal plan was in motion. “My brother was in on the whole thing,” Nicole says. “Dan was supposed to fly back Sunday night from Nashville, so Sunday morning my brother and I went out for a walk, and my brother suggested we go to Washington Square Park to take some pictures.”

As the siblings arrived at the park, there was Dan, sitting on a bench with all of his luggage. “He had flown in early that morning to surprise me,” Nicole says. “As soon as I saw him, I knew what was going to happen. He had a very nice speech, and my brother was there to take lots of pictures throughout the proposal. To add to the surprise, when we got back to our place, Dan had flown in all of our parents to celebrate with us!”

When it was time to put together their big day, it was only natural for the pair to coordinate the nuptials around their beloved family. “We wanted the overall vibe to be relaxed and fun and very family-centric,” Nicole says. To ensure they were surrounded by family during the wedding, Nicole’s brother, Aaron, who had played such a pivotal part in the proposal, officiated the ceremony, and the reception was hosted at Dan’s parents’ home in Glendale. “We also made sure we had time to enjoy the full cocktail hour, so we had the chance to visit with family and friends,” Nicole adds. Nicole’s most cherished moment of the big day was her time on the dance floor with her dad, Barry Wilkinson. “We started off with a very traditional dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Way You Look Tonight,’ then busted out the dance moves with upbeat music to surprise the guests!” Nicole says. “We practiced the dance for months and kept it a secret from everyone.”

Photographer: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Videographer: PenWeddings | Event Planning & Design: Absolutely IN! Events | Floral Design: Bloomin' Buckets | Cake: De La Creme | Invitations : Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony: Graham Chapel | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Westwood Catering | Lighting: Alobar's | Transportation: Best Transportation | Brides Gown: JLM Couture | Dueling Pianos: Aqua Salon And Day Spa | Grooms Tux: Sid Mashburn | Hair & Makeup Artist: DanielleStyle | Musicians: Landolfi String Quartet

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An Epic Mountaintop Affair at Vail Wedding Deck

Scenic mountaintop weddings with endless views of mother nature’s beauty never cease to amaze us. But why we fell for this gorgeous day had nothing to do with the scenery – it was the sheer happiness and undeniable love between this stunning bride and her handsome groom. Take one look at these beautiful photos from Cassie Rosch and you’ll see it too! Liz and Sammy’s day was planned and styled to perfection thanks to Calluna Events, with floral design by The Perfect Petal. Keep on reading to see their special day unfold!

From Calluna EventsIt was a lovely August day and Liz + Sammy said “I Do” at the top of Vail on the wedding deck (views for days!) The guests were treated to a ride up the gondola to witness the beautiful couple get married. The reception took place at the Sonnenalp Hotel and the staff opened the dinning room ceiling during dinner so it was an open air reception which was amazing.

They both love coffee and Liz wanted to be sure their happy hour included a coffee cart! The Sonnenalp Hotel worked to source Liz & Sammy’s favorite Philz coffee from San Francisco. Their design was very neutral, clean, and masculine. We worked to incorporate natural elements with wooden farm tables, wood & metal table numbers, and sharp, geometric paper goods.

Every detail was simple, yet could stand alone. The rounded ceremony arch with simple greenery was one of our favorite statements! As a part of their first dance, Liz and Sammy had all their guests join them and their families as they danced to a traditional Sudanese song (where Sammy’s family is from). It was a great way to get everyone out on the dance floor!

Photography : Cassie Rosch | Wedding Planner: Calluna Events | Floral Design: The Perfect Petal | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Sonnenalp Hotel | Invitations: Designed By Bride Via Artifact Uprising | Ceremony Venue: Vail Wedding Deck | Reception Venue: Sonnenalp Hotel | Makeup: Sonnenalp Hotel | Hair : Clementine's Salon | Coffee: Philz Coffee | Paper Goods: Sweet Zion Paperie | Rentals: Alpine Party | Wedding Dress Boutique: a&be bridal shop

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A Fall Wedding at Rancho Las Lomas with the Prettiest Blue Color Palette

The happiest bride and her handsome hub tied the knot on a sunny Fall day at one of our fave Cali venues – Rancho Las Lomas! The feminine color palette of soft blues, pinks, purple and yellow is filling our soul with the essence of Spring. Finding Flora created the most beautiful organic arrangements teeming with roses, transforming the scene into a real-life fairytale. See all the magic of this delightful wedding day planned by So Happi Together unfold at the full gallery, all captured by Tenth and Grace.

From Tenth and Grace Photography… Franchesca and Arthur’s beautiful Fall wedding was full of joyful emotion (wait until you see the Father-Daughter first look!) and featured a unique blue color palette. The couple wed at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo. They chose not to do a first look before the ceremony, so Arthur saw his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle and his reaction was priceless. Their traditional Catholic ceremony featured readings from close friends and communion.

Afterwards, the couple and their guests returned to Rancho Las Lomas for a beautiful outdoor reception. So Happi Together and Finding Flora created a stunning scene with muted shades of blue, purple and yellow. There was a mixture of long and round tables, including a sweetheart table adorned with florals for Franchesca and Arthur.

The fresh fruit displayed along the tables brought some vibrancy to the design, and the wedding cake was beautifully adorned with florals! Instead of traditional wedding favors, the bride and groom displayed mini potted succulents that the guests could leave with at the end of the night.

The entire wedding party enjoyed dining under string lights and dancing the night away. Franchesca and Arthur did a money dance (where guests give money in exchange for a dance with the bride and groom), which was one of the highlights of the reception!

The couple and guests loved it, and there were many laughs to be had. And of course, Porty the VW photo booth bus was a huge hit!

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Photography: Tanya Menoni | Videography: Memo Collective | Event Planning and Design: So Happi Together | Florals: Finding Flora | Wedding Dress: Rafael Gonzalez | Cake: M Cakes Sweets | Invitations: Prinstonalities | Church: St. Kilian Catholic Church | Hair & Makeup: Sharon Y. Park | Groom's Suit: Rafael Gonzalez | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering and General Rentals: Giracci Vineyards Farms | Cocktail Hour/Reception: Rancho Las Lomas | DJ/MC: Hilo Productions | Farm Tables and Chairs: Signature Party Rentals | Flatware: borrowed BLU | Gauze Runners: BBJ La Tavola | Linens: Luxe Linen | Photo Bus: Porty The Foto Bus | Place Cards: The Fozzy Book | Specialty Glassware and Shelves: Archive Rentals | Table Numbers and Bar Signage: Red Letter Day