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This European-inspired shoot brought a little bit of Tuscany to Santa Ynez, California. With its limestone architecture, terracotta tiled roof, and sprawling vineyards and olive trees, Sunstone Vineyards and Winery was the perfect setting to evoke that Old-World Tuscan feel. Stylist and planner Lacy Geary incorporated designs with lots of texture with a neutral, yet rich, color palette. Plume Calligraphy introduced the look with layered, hand-touched designs and Idlewild Flora created artistic and organic designs using dried elements for the staircase and lush floral arrangements for the tablescape and bouquet. The high fashion styling and textural, romantic details are the epitome of the modern bride and all the inspiration is captured to perfection by the incredible Lynn Dunston.

 

 

Photography: Lynn Dunston // Design/Styling, Creative Direction: Lacy Geary // Production Styling: Sarah Kay Love // Florist: Idlewild Floral // Stationery: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Sunstone Vineyards and Winery //  Gowns: Chana Marelus // Dress Shop: Spina Bride // Hair & Makeup: Artists by Sherrie Long // Cake:  Enjoy Cupcakes // Candles: Creative Candles // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Jewelry: Erstwhile Jewelry // Ribbon & Silks: Silk and Willow // Workshop: Found // Styling Boards: Locust Collection // Tabletop Rentals: The Ark // Rentals: The Tent Merchant // Vintage Car: Santa Barbara Speedster

 

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Rancho Las Lomas has never NOT been amazing and Kristen and Ben’s beautiful day is no exception. The couple’s quick, six-month engagement posed no problem for the expert DIY-ers and their team of talented vendors led by Monge Amore Events. We love the white and french blue palette—a natural choice based on the location’s hand-painted tiling and the florals by Bended Knee are gorgeous at every turn. A floral-dressed three-tiered cake by Flower Eggs and Butter is a true pièce de résistance tying together all the classic details. See in all in the se stunning film images by Mallory Dawn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We got engaged in February and got married in July! I’m a teacher, so it just made sense to have the wedding during the summer…and I wasn’t about to wait until the next summer! We worked together and did a lot of the planning together. The only way we were able to get all of our vendors booked and all the details set in place in time was by tag teaming and working together.

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

My dress is from Jaclyn’s Bridal in Costa Mesa. It was the third shop I visited, so I had a pretty good idea of what type of silhouette I wanted. I had my mom and my best friend with me, and I think they were sure about the dress even before I realized I was sure. I love the sweetheart neckline and the details of the lace. I also really liked the fitted silhouette that flared out to the lace train, even if it did make the first dance a bit of a challenge!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We made a ton of the decor ourselves. Both Ben and I are artsy and I’m also very crafty on top of that. I’m a total planner, so I just started pinning ideas and making lists of projects for us to work on and design ourselves. I made a LOT of trips to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann – like a LOT. We bought unfinished wood signs, stained them, and used paint pens and India ink to letter them. I watercolored the foods of our menu and then scanned them into Photoshop and arranged them around our menu. I obsessed over finding pretty containers that fit exactly the correct volume of dry ingredients so that we could make our instant brownie mix favors, then designed and ordered custom labels for them. I wrote “bon appetite” in calligraphy with a dip pen and gold ink above stamps of the meal choices on hexagon tiles. When Rancho Las Lomas said they didn’t have a current map of the wildlife, I designed a map so that guests could visit the animals during cocktail hour, and we included it in the program fans that we made for guests. I wrote stories of some of our most memorable dates and we used them in place of the table numbers. I also made the cake because I’m a pastry chef and used to manage a custom cake shop that specialized in ornate wedding cakes. I taught Ben how to make sugar flowers and leaves, and he did a pretty good job – his leaves even made it onto the cake! I wanted a tiny wedding cake that was simple but elegant, so I just added a subtle pattern to the fondant for texture and focused on making lifelike sugar flowers.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

I think it was a blur for the both of us. Everyone warned us that it would be, so we just tried to enjoy every moment that we could. For me, there was this moment that I was alone in the bridal suite. It was probably the only time I was alone the entire day and I think I remember it because I was alone with my thoughts and time slowed a bit. The wedding party was lined up to walk across the bridge and down the aisle, and I could peek out the window and see one section of the bridge. Before my brother returned from escorting my mom to her seat to walk me down the aisle, I remember seeing Ben cross the bridge and thinking that he looked so confident and dapper. He had been so excited to get married, and I think it really showed – even in that brief moment I could see him from afar.

For Ben, he said it was when he saw me walking down the aisle toward him. He said that as cliche as that answer is, he was thinking how lucky he was that it is him that gets to spend the rest of his life with me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online! I reached out to Ben and we starting talking immediately. It’s never been complicated – it just felt easy to spend time with him. Soon enough we were inseparable, and now it feels like we’ve known each other forever!

Ben pulled a surprise engagement at the Huntington Library. It’s one of my favorite places and it had become one of his as well. When I woke up that morning to run the pancake breakfast after the 5K at the high school I teach at, I had no idea where the day was going to take me. So when Ben so nonchalantly suggested we go to the Huntington after the event, little did I know that our usual path through the gardens would be followed and documented by a professional photographer, who was of course there to capture the moment he popped the question.

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography // Coordinator: Monge Amore Events // Florals: Bended Knee // Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Gown: Jaclyn’s Bridal // Beauty: Design Visage // Cake: Flower Eggs and Butter // Caterer: 24 Carrots // Rentals: Found Rentals // Table-top: Signature Party Rentals // Grooms Attire: Grooms Grotto // DJ/MC: Diamond DJ’s Entertainment // Film Lab: The Goodman Film Lab

 

Designer Katie Laines and her rockstar team have us feeling all the glowing-warmth of this gorgeous ‘Sun-kissed Citrus’ inspiration shoot. Triple S Ranch Napa set the perfect scene from the 175-year-old Black Walnut tree’s canopy, to the Grand Victorian built in the 1800s, it was the quintessential image of a California Ranch charm. Fleur Gabrielle created a cascading masterpiece full of lush greenery with pops of blush and burgundy; naturally complimenting the dried citrus-slice garland. Vibrant , layered paper and calligraphy are by A Good Day Inc. with coordinating watercolor cake by Ash Baby Confections. Velvet rentals from One True Love Vintage and an adorable retro bar from The Whiskey Chaser add to the outdoor ambience while fine-art photographer Sarahi Hadden captured all the sunset-hues and stunning details in these gorgeous film images.

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Planner/Designer: Katie Laines // Photographer: Sarahi Hadden // Florist: Fleur Gabrielle // Stationery + Calligraphy: A Good Day Inc. // Venue: Triples Ranch Napa // Dress Designer: Justin Alexander // Wedding Dress + Hair Piece: Brides of California // Film Lab: Photovision Prints // Videographer: We Are Needle and Thread // Hair Stylist: Bella Bridal NV // Makeup Artist: Alexandria Sulano // Baker: Ash Baby Confections // Rentals: One True Love Vintage // Tabletop Items: Anthropologie // Napkins: La Tavola // Ribbon + Runners: Party Crush Studio // Mobile Bar: The Whiskey Chaser // Models: William & Julie Krasnodemsky // Wedding Ring: Gem Breakfast // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Groom’s Suite: Zara // Vintage Postage: Kristine Melchor // Record Player: Crosley Radio // Lanterns: Pottery Barn

 

We love stand-out details and the vibrant florals at Emily and Ben’s Newport, Rhode Island nuptials are unforgettable! The couple requested that florists Greenlion Design, create blooms that reflected their joy and laughter with each other and the bright displays of corals and pinks at Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue do just that. Invitations are by Minted, cake by I Dream of Jeanne Cakes and fabulous-as-always photography by  Erin McGinn.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We originally wanted to go away and have a small destination wedding but decided to have our wedding on the water in Newport so it would be a destination for others and then to go to have a tropical getaway in a hut on the water in the Maldives for our honeymoon. The island house seems like the perfect mix of casual, beachy chic that fits our relationship – we like to have fun together and laugh. I wanted the flowers to represent us as well, so we’re having Greenlion have a bright display of pinks and corals to make the space pop and as Kim said – make it look like a celebration!

Ben wooed me with Champagne when we first started dating, so we had a bubbles bar to celebrate the next journey of our bubbly love as a married couple! Ben’s parents are big fans of the arts, so they commissioned a local German artist to create a “story of our love” painting, which shows the start as two houses (mine is a calculator since I work in finance ha!!) and Ben’s is a depiction of his childhood home that he grew up in (and his parents still live in) in Recklinghausen, Germany. The top of the painting shows the merging of our love in a hot air balloon with German/American flags. There are many small personal details throughout the painting, including the Newport Pell Bridge, which was visible from our wedding venue. We had small versions of the painting made to include with our thank you notes so that each guest had their own signed copy to commemorate our special day.

We incorporated some of Emily’s Irish heritage in the wedding by having a traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony. It was a special moment where we symbolically bound together our lives, hopes and dreams in front of our closest family and friends.

 

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

After trying on many gowns, my wedding dress stylist at Madeline’s Daughter Bridal in Portsmouth, NH pulled out a “wild card.”  Looking at it on the hanger, it was everything that I said that I didn’t want – strapless and fitted, but I figured it can’t hurt to just try it on. Once, I put on the Watters Taylor dress, I knew it was the one – soft and romantic, with unique Coquille lace and a fit-and-flare shape that fit my personality to a T! The best part is that it was very comfortable and easy to dance in!

 

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Ben’s cuff links were handmade by his grandfather and Emily’s bouquet had her grandmother’s handkerchief wrapped around the base of the flowers to remember our loved ones that couldn’t be with us that day. Emily’s father made personalized cornhole boards for the outdoor cocktail hour. We also had a bubbles bar and a bourbon bar, which are our favorite drinks!

 

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It was a beautiful, special day and we wanted the wedding to be a big, fun party full of laughs and dancing. Our band, Men in Black, made sure the dance floor was full the entire night!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ben is a dentist and Emily’s childhood friend who worked for him as a dental hygienist introduced them. He wrote Emily the cutest email entitled, “Two Gingers” and it was smooth sailing from that first day. We got engaged on a weekend getaway in Boston 15 months later.

Photography: Erin McGinn // Floral Design: Greenlion Design // Invitations: Minted // Wedding Venue: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue // Wedding Dress: Madeline’s Daughter // Wedding Dress: Watters // Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay beauty // Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Band: Men In Black // Rentals: Peak Event Services

 

The Forme is a brand new wedding venue located in Burbank LA. It was used as an active studio lot for Hollywood films and television shows for years and is now a modern wedding venue serving up a blank canvas for creative couples. Stylish Details Events transformed the space into an eclectic fete filled to-the-brim with dusty pink, peach and coral florals by Olive and Blooms and a mid-century-inspired tablescape complete with modern sage-hued chairs. Introductions were made beautiful with a stationery suite by Eclaire Paperie and Fantasy Frostings came through with a whimsical, modern cake. We’re loving all the super-fun inspiration and it’s al captured here by Corrie Lynn Photography.

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Wedding Planning + Design: Stylish Details Events // Photography: Corrie Lynn Photography // Floral: Olive and Blooms // Paper Goods: Eclaire Paperie // Venue: The Forme // Videography: Emma Lynn Cinema // Gowns: The Dresser Bridal // Hair + Makeup: Veronica Vargas // Cake: Fantasy Frostings // Jewels: Kasia Jewelry // Linens: Linen Lark // Rentals: Folklore