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Photographer Melanie Osorio came across the Vista Valley Country Club, with its white garden roses, stone walkways and wrought iron gate imported from Provence, and knew immediately that it was the ideal backdrop for her European-inspired photoshoot. The details are perfection including InLoft Calligraphy‘s gold and raw-edge invitations, an intricate Claire Pettibone gown and an intimate and organic table setting amidst the oak trees. Pavan Florals added pops of color to the space with the vibrant florals—including an installation on the front of the gate leading into the ceremony space. This one is endlessly inspiring and all captured on film by Melanie Osorio Photography.

Vendors:  Photographer: Melanie Osorio Photography // Florist: Pavan Florals // Calligraphy: InLoft Calligraphy // Venue: Vista Valley Country Club // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Hair and Makeup: Love Notes by June // Models: Marissa and Zach // Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Dishes: Crate and Barrel // Runner: Silk and Willow // Accessories: Petals and Stones // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Tux: The Black Tux // Pottery: Beanpole Pottery // Cake: The Good Cookies


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Alma and Luis’ wedding at Quail Ranch is filled with colorful details that compliment the venue’s Spanish style and add personality to the day designed by In Focus Events. The full, bold florals by Unique Floral Designs are filled with giant dahlias, hydrangeas, peach roses, and accented by deep plum and magenta blooms. We’re loving the groom’s retro flair—all the way down to his personal vintage cadillac get-away ride. And, the hand-painted Mexican piggy bank gifts are adorable. See all the details and the pure joy of the lovely couple in these images by Jenny Smith & Co.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There are many things that made our wedding special. For both of us, seeing all our family and friends come together was the most special thing. I had family fly in from Mexico which was very meaningful for me. My uncle was also our officiant and did a wonderful job. For Luis, having the Cadillac on site was special for him. Since he purchased the car he has dedicated a lot of time to fixing it up and envisioned getting married in it. We loaded up the car the day before the wedding and came back in it as a married couple.

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

I wanted something I could dance in and envisioned something fitted at the top and flowy at the bottom. When we went shopping my sister actually picked out the dress. I was a bit hesitant at first because it was part of Martina Liana’s separate collection, so a bit unconventional, but once I tried it on I loved it. The corset was very romantic and fit the Spanish style of the venue. I first found the dress in Pasadena, CA but had one more appointment at The Dress in Santa Barbara, CA so I waited. When I arrived at my appointment in Santa Barbara the owner pulled out the same dress for me. I tried it on one more time and just knew it was the one. I kept swaying side to side in it; I could see myself at the wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My mom bought these beautiful hand painted piggy banks from our hometown in Mexico. She found an artist to paint them for us and write our names and wedding date on them. They became not only our wedding favors but also the name cards for our guests. The display table had a sign that read, “Be rich in love,” to fit the piggy bank theme. Our guests loved them! In addition to the piggy banks my mom also picked up some blue tiles with numbers from Mexico to serve as our table numbers. They were a nice touch to the Spanish style of the venue.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I would have to say reading our vows and the poems we selected. We each wrote our own vows and selected a poem to read during our ceremony. I read Ana Castillo’s poem, I Ask The Impossible, which I have always loved. Luis surprised me when he decided to write his own poem! It was a very emotional moment for both of us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The short version: We met through a mutual friend, Ambar, who was also one of my bridesmaids. At the time, Ambar worked for the UFW (United Farm Workers) and Luis was at a fundraising event she had organized. They connected over some Santana shoes that Luis had bid on. Fast forward to my birthday celebration at the Conga Room where Luis was there celebrating one of his friends. He asked me to dance and Ambar encouraged me to give him a chance since she knew him. We had a great time dancing and the rest is history.


Alma + Luis : Quail Ranch Simi Valley CA from David Chaidez Cinema on Vimeo.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: In Focus Events // Paper Goods: Hadley Designs // Florals: Unique Floral Designs // Venue: Quail Ranch // Entertainment: DJ Lunatic // Ceremony Music: Mariachi Imperial de Mexico // Videography: David Chaidez Cinema // Hair & Make Up: Girl Meets Bongga // Photo Booth: PixaBooth // Dessert: Porto’s Bakery & Cafe // Rentals & Lighting: Party Pleasers // Catering: Command Performance Catering


This shoot with creative direction by Natalie Papova was inspired by old English farm houses, soft fabrics and botanical illustration. Brittany Village in Northern California provided the backdrop giving the team a chance to incorporate English architecture and give a refined feel to the images. The talented Esther Clark created a rich and sophisticated invitation suite, full of beautiful details and garden-inspired illustration while Amanda Vidmar created a gathered, soft bouquet perfect for the mood. Lucky for us Yourdreamphoto was on hand to capture all the beauty.

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Styling & Creative Direction: Natalie Papova // Photography: Yourdreamphoto // Invitation Suite: Esther Clark // Florals: Amanda Vidmar // Makeup and Hair: Jasmine Chan // Models: Sami Swanson & Jeff Dean


Ali and Jason’s wedding in Southhampton has all the makings of a classic, relaxed backyard affair. Celebrated at the bride’s summer house, the details of the day included an all-white bridal party and all-white florals by Sag Harbor Florist, a stunning lace Anna Maier gown,  a ceremony under the trees on the private property followed by a white tent reception and a giant four-tier naked cake with alternating layers of baby’s breath. We’re loving the summery mood and, of course, the way it’s captured perfectly in the editorial photography style of Cappy Hotchkiss.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were lucky enough to be able to get married at our favorite place in the world at my summer house in Southampton. We love that we will be able to look around the house for many years to come and remember our wedding and how special it was.

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

It was the first dress I tried on actually! Saks was having a trunk show, and I saw it hanging there and just had to try it on! Working with the alterations team at Anna Maier was a dream come true, they are amazing and were able to customize the back of the dress and make a huge cut out.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We got married on my mom’s 60th birthday, so as a surprise to her, right after we cut our cake, we brought out carrot cake and everyone at the wedding sang happy birthday to her. It was amazing.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Getting ready with my girlfriends and hanging out in my house. It felt like a normal Saturday all eating lunch together while the boys were outside hanging at the pool. Also Jason’s vows were my favorite thing ever, there was not a dry eye.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in high school, and he proposed to me with a prank by calling me and telling me my apartment had been broken into… mean!

Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss // Day of Wedding Coordination: Duke & Vandeusen // Flowers: Sag Harbor Florist // Stationery: Ipanema Press // Venue: Private Home // Bride’s Gown: Anna Maier purchased at Saks // Videographer: Kiss The Bride Films // Jewelry: Stephanie Gottlieb // Catering: Brent Newsom // Music: Hank Lane More Than Music (DJ Allison) // Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting // Rentals: Party Rental LTD // Tent: Sperry Tents


We are super excited today to be able to share with you guys some absolutely gorgeous gowns from David’s Bridal. Their new Melissa Sweet collection is all things romance and perfect for the romantic bride who loves artisanal styling. Featuring vintage inspired details, the gowns are ethereal and poetic with unique details and tiny hints of color. Even better, we get to share images with you of them in a wedding setting. Take a look at all of this loveliness:

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Shown above is a stunning lace gown with a cut out back that will knock your (or his!) socks off![/caption]

Shown above here is a simply sweet embroidered lace gown with a romantic sweeping underlay.

Here’s that cut out back we told you about!

And of course we absolutely love this tiered chiffon number as well! So many to choose from!

David’s Bridal is an incredible resource for bridal gowns! They offer a variety of sizes for all brides, plenty of convenient locations, incredible service, and a huge variety of designers, styles, and budgets, so that you can find the gown that is absolutely perfect for you! Plus, you can get it all done with their collection of shoes, jewelry, handbags, bridesmaid gowns, and even alternations. If you are dying to try on one of these gowns as much as we are, you can head here to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!


*This post is sponsored by David’s Bridal.