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“It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.” This moment was the most memorable for groom Cameron on his wedding day to bride Ashley. The couple wed at Calistoga Ranch in an intimate ceremony and reception filled with classic details in white, linen and lace. Miss Meliss Floral Design “over-delivered” Ashley’s vision of romantic white blooms and a classic wine country reception in The Wine Cave at the ranch capped off the festivities. We’re absolutely loving the sophisticated restraint on the day and it’s all captured in these beautiful film photographs by Meghan Mehan.

What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was small and intimate which made it really special. Calistoga Ranch was such a fantastic venue and is so naturally beautiful. Having our ceremony on the lawn and having our family close by was wonderful.  A good friend of ours was also able to officiate and his ceremony was so special and personal to the two of us.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown was a mix of two designers. The top was Reem Acra, and the skirt was by Watters. I found it at a small bridal boutique here in Dallas called Warren Barron. We went to a few other boutiques but nothing struck and the other boutiques seemed a little too prom style. Warren Barron was amazing. They carry specialty items and their staff is wonderfully knowledgeable. I was able to try on gowns with my mom, mother-in-law and grandma which was perfect!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Everything about our wedding was very personal. We chose wine country because Cameron and I hold the valley very near and dear. It was the first trip we took together, and many more followed after that. Our florist completely over-delivered in the BEST possible way. She took everything we said we wanted and made it perfect. We were also surrounded by close family and friends which was so special. My Grandparents were able to be in attendance with us which was also very personal and special to both of us. The wine we served was from our favorite local vineyard, Fleury. It was so fun to be able to share our favorite wine with our friends and family!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ashley: I think the most memorable part of the day for me was our first look. It was so wonderful to have a few special moments alone with Cameron before our wedding started. Also, he was {is} the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Cameron: Seeing Ashley in the wine vineyard for the first look was the most memorable part of the day that will never leave my mind. It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met the old fashioned way…actually, we met via a dating app. It was kind of a one-shot wonder for both of us. We met for dinner and both instantly knew there was something there. I think by date three I knew I was going to marry him. We both knew very quickly that we were made for each other. After a few months, Cameron surprised me with breakfast in bed and a proposal!  To say that was one of the best days of my life would be an understatement. After he proposed, we jetted off to Canada where we spent a few days at Cameron’s family cottage in the Georgian Bay celebrating with family.

Photography: Meghan Mehan // Florals: Miss Meliss Floral Design // Invitations: Paperless Post // Venue: Calistoga Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous // Dress (two-piece gown): WattersReem Acra // Catering: Calistoga Ranch // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux

 

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Walls made of flowers, arrangements as extravagant as they come, a custom moss aisle runner as earthy as it is luxurious, silk ribbons and velvet in hand-dyed colors—the details in today’s shoot make for an aesthetic that’s lush, layered, and intriguing all at once. Francine Ribeau Events designed the over-the-top garden party details in a sophisticated, eye-popping palette—pink and peach florals by BLOOMS by Breesa Lee play perfectly against dusty blue ties and textiles, while pops of orange and gold add a little something light and bright to this summer garden affair. Rochelle Cheever was behind the lens at Rancho Valencia capturing it all—from the shoes to the hot air ballon!

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Rancho Valencia: Styled Shoot from SJ Videography on Vimeo.

Coordination/design: Francine Ribeau Events // Photography: Rochelle Cheever // Flowers: BLOOMS by Breesa Lee // Calligraphy: Lynn and Lou // Venue: Rancho Valencia // Cake: Hey There Cupcake // Makeup and hair: Beauty by Stacey // Videography: SJ Video // Rentals: Folklore

 

Aubrey and Tom celebrated their nuptials by taking a weeklong Hawaiian vacation with 100 of their closest friends and family. They filled their time at with fun and festivities and capped it off with this stunning ceremony and reception on the grounds.Alluring Events + Design enlisted local creatives and vendors to implement the fresh, tropical vision in a contemporary palette with hints of dusty blue and rich rusty, terracotta and punchy coral. Lucky for us, Rochelle Wilhelms Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful details and special moments set against the stunning island backdrop.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Tom and I are big travelers, so it was amazing to take a vacation with 100 of our closest friends and family. We wanted to spend as much time with everyone as we could, and make it a fun wedding week, not just a day. We held a welcome party on a catamaran when everyone arrived and hosted a donut brunch the following day at the pool. All of the guys had a golf day, while the girls enjoyed a spa day. It was so fun to incorporate different events into the vacation.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I purchased my gown from Miosa Bride in Sacramento. I really wanted something simple and timeless.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are big foodies so had really fun food stations at the wedding. Guests had their choice of things like hurricane fries, wok fried chowmein, taco stations and shaved ice. Food was important to both of us so we didn’t want to do anything traditional.

Also, my husband’s Mom hand dyed the ribbon for my bouquet, and she made all of our table runners.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The whole day was stress free thanks to our amazing team of vendors. Good vendors and a wedding coordinator are key to a relaxing day! We both felt really present for the wedding, which was so refreshing. Our sunset photos were pretty amazing, and the sunset in general that night was gorgeous. We ate delicious food, and danced the night away with our friends and family, I would say everything was memorable!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Tom and I met through mutual friends at a BBQ, about 7 years before we started dating. Then, 7 years later, at a friend’s wedding, we had a spark, shared a few dances and started dating. Tom proposed to me in Bodega Bay, on the beach. Bodega Bay is our favorite vacation spot, so it is very sweet and really special to share that memory with a place we will continue to vacation at for years. He even had a photographer (hiding) there to capture the moment.

Wedding Planner: Alluring Events + Design // Photography: Rochelle Wilhelms Photography // Florals: Blooms by Brooke // Wedding Planner: Couture Events // Invitations: Throne Invitations // Stationery: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Videography: Classic City Films // Calligraphy: Wild Precision // DJ: DJ Boomshot // Hair + Makeup: Heather Ellison Beauty // Rentals & Decor: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals / La Tavola // Catering: Three’s Catering // Dessert: Ululanis

 

Sarah of Selva Floral is known for her unstructured and abundant floral, botanical design and today’s styled shoot features exactly that. The spectacular lilac-framed floral installation was created on Sarah’s family’s country property and she reached out to Outlive Creative and James Silvius to capture it. The team added minimal details including a lovely pared-back place setting with a white centerpiece and a lilac flavored artisan cocktail drink to compliment the theme. The the dreamy details are captured against a cotton-candy sunset and the mood is absolute perfection.

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Photographer: Jessi of Outlive Creative and James Silvius // Florist: Sarah Blasi of Selva Floral // Dress Designer: Lena Medoyeff  // Model: Sonora Mindwerl // Makeup: Mikayla Dunn // Lab: Photovision

 

Danielle and Dan wanted their wedding celebration to reflect their story. So, they enlisted creative genius Kaleb Norman James Design to incorporate details of their native Pacific Northwest into the big day. An amazing bespoke stationery suite by la Happy introduced the event at Kiana Lodge, and botanical, leafy greens reflected the couple’s love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures they’d shared there throughout their relationship (Dan is a surfer so they’re constantly exploring the coast!). The couple enlisted O’Malley Photographers to capture all the candid, intimate moments in these photos reflecting a timeless film style.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Exchanging hand-written vows was the most meaningful element of our wedding. Leading up to the big day, we spent months of Saturday mornings sequestered in separate rooms writing words that were unique to our bond and relationship. Our short ceremony centered around our promises to each other and it was a deeply moving moment for both of us.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my gown at The Dress Theory, a boutique in Seattle that curates a unique and modern collection. It was my first time dress shopping and I was so excited to explore the gowns with my mother and maid of honor. After a few minutes running our hands through lace and beads and tulle, we chose a few flowy pieces to try. The moment I tried on the third dress (a backless, sheer long-sleeved gown with romantic detailing throughout), I knew it was the one!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to reflect our story and worked alongside Kaleb Norman James to incorporate details of our native Pacific Northwest into the big day. Our Sound-side venue and botanical, leafy greens reflected our love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures we’d shared there throughout our relationship (Dan is a surfer so we’re constantly exploring the coast!). Capturing candid, intimate moments was also so important to us, and the O’Malley Photographers did it so timelessly.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

A memorable moment of the wedding was hearing toasts from our friends and family. There was laughter, there were tears, and we felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our closest loved ones. It was so refreshing to take a moment on a day we’d planned so carefully to enjoy such sincere and thoughtful words that we hadn’t had a part in planning at all.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met at work! On his first day, Dan was given the seat next to me and there was an instant connection. We spent the next six months sipping Moscow mules, divulging embarrassing moments, and bumping shoulders in my tiny studio kitchen before heading off on a whirlwind trip to Kona. Dan proposed on a volcanic rock beach and we celebrated with surfing and grocery store champagne.

Danielle + Dan from Amanda Muchmore on Vimeo.

Photography: O’Malley Photographers // Planning Florals Design: Kaleb Norman James Design // Stationery & Calligraphy: la Happy // Venue: Kiana Lodge // Hair & Make-up: Kendra Springer // Cake: Blackbird Bakery // Cinematographer: Amanda Muchmore // Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige, The Dress Theory // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box