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The stunning views, canopies of trees, and surrounding gardens of Beltane Ranch were the perfect fit for Karla and Peter’s romantic wedding weekend in wine country. The couple hired A Savvy Event to plan their day and execute all the personalized details like the guests’ garden walk, with placards narrating the couple’s love story leading them to the ceremony site. Florals by Loop Event Arts are a highlight of the ceremony and reception and a relaxed farm-to-table menu was perfect for the reception under the expansive old, oak trees. Check out all the details and sweet moments of the day in these images by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We created a special “garden walk” for when guests arrived for the wedding. Before reaching the ceremony site, guests received refreshments then proceeded down a winding path through a beautiful garden. Throughout the garden, we’d placed signs that told the story of our love. How we met, what we love about each other, happy memories we have, trips we’ve taken together, etc. It set the stage and mood for them to arrive at our ceremony site.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was actually the morning yoga session with friends. It really set the tone of the splendid, and relaxed day ahead.

After the ceremony Peter and I took 15 minutes of alone time. It was such a special and intimate moment. We couldn’t stop calling each other “husband!” and “ wife!” From up on the second floor of the Ranch House, it also allowed us to look down from the balcony at ours guests enjoying cocktail hour and cherish the moment – really take it all in!

Beltane Ranch Wedding: Karla and Peter from Dax Victorino Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography // Planner: A Savvy Event // Florals: Loop Event Arts // Stationery: Aerialist Press // Venue: Beltane Ranch // Gown: Vera Wang // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August // Video: Dax Victorino Films // Catering: Park Avenue Catering // Rentals: La Tavola / Bright Event Rentals // Music: Boutique DJ’s

 

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Camille and Dennis were married at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport, Maine and the day is absolutely STUNNING. The elegant couple (think modern-day John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy) filled their day with dear family and friends, a lovely rustic outdoor ceremony and tented reception and beautiful wild blooms by One and Supp and Ragged Mt Flowers. Their favorite moment? When they looked up the hill and saw all their loved ones under the twinkly lights and realized they were married and all was as it should be. We couldn’t love this one more and are so glad that mega-talented Emily Delamater Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of my sisters had an insanely gorgeous August wedding the summer before at the same club, so Dennis and I had actually put a lot of thought into trying to make sure we didn’t take their ideas! We thought a lot about trying to make our wedding a reflection of us, just as theirs was perfectly theirs. After all that (as cheesy as it sounds), it was the people there to celebrate with us that really made our day feel unique. It was the most incredibly special feeling to look around and see so many important people from all different parts of our lives in the same place to watch us say “I do”!

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

I went looking in Boston with my mom and one of my best friends. The first gown at the first boutique we stopped at was the dress to beat all day long. Our very last stop was Ceremony Boston where Alexandra Grecco was having a trunk show that day. The first dress of hers that I tried on I did not want to take off. I loved that it felt simple and modern but also elegant and timeless. Choosing that dress was one of the easiest decisions of the whole wedding!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Despite our idea of an “effortlessly elegant” event, there was a lot of teamwork involved in making the wedding look and feel like we envisioned. Knowing that a lot of our friends and family had helped with making and hanging decorations, arranging flowers, and cooking blueberry jam (thanks, mom!) gave the celebration the feel that it was made with a lot of love!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides the burrata and cake? There was a moment during cocktail hour when Dennis and I were away from the party, taking pictures. We both looked up the hill and saw everyone under the twinkly lights. We heard laughter and the saxophone and clinking glasses, and it was this wonderful moment of realization that we were married and that it all was happening just as we had been dreaming and planning for so long!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t know how I didn’t notice Dennis pull a ring box out of his pocket to put in the bin at airport security, but lucky for both of us, he was able to keep the whole proposal a surprise until the lovely moment in St Barth. We were down in the Caribbean for a sailing regatta, and after dinner on our first night there we decided to take a beach walk before turning in for the night. I was completely surprised when he popped the question, and so excited to say yes! It was pitch black when he got down on one knee, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my sparkly ring in the sun the next morning!

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Flowers (bouquets and ceremony urns) : One and Supp // Loose Blooms: Ragged Mt Flowers // Paper Goods: ByBrydon and the Bride // Venue: Megunticook Golf Club, Rockport Maine // Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Ceremony Boston // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: JCrew // Makeup: Beauty Mark Salon // Hair: Green with Envy // Catering: Trillium

 

Today we’re taking you to the Mediterranean with a bright and dreamy editorial in the Greek Isles. Set in Santorini against the backdrop of piercing blue seas and bright white architecture and led by creative Tahnee Sanders of Boheme Workshops, the vivid inspiration is abundant. We LOVE the bold pink and coral palette in the florals by Celsia Floral and tablescape planned by Stella And MoschaSpread Love Events and The Cross Design. The relaxed elegance of the stationery by Tara Spencer and the organic appeal of the Cake By Annie provide additional textures to the natural island romance. Lucky for us, Sandy And Odysseas Photography were on board to capture all the beautiful details in their signature fine-art style.

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fromBoheme Workshops: There was a refinement to the Hellenistic world (323 – 150 BC), a graceful pressure to its expressions. A world of privilege with enviable ease where people, like their gods, moved fluidly around. Seductive, with resonant, occasionally hesitant lines and transparent washes of color, in its own way it was as daring as human life itself.

Drawing upon the aesthetics of the era, we land in Santorini, the isle that rests in the middle on the indigo Aegean, looking like a giant slab of layered cake, for an editorial shoot that celebrates wide-angles and emotions as manifested in that glorious artistic period. Multicolored cliffs soar over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera. Much as in that thoroughly cosmopolitan stance of the past, it is all about the things left unsaid.

Photography: Sandy And Odysseas Photography // Workshop: Boheme Workshops // Creative Direction: Tahnee Sanders, Boheme Workshops // Floral Design: Celsia Floral // Event Planning: Stella And Moscha // Stationery: Tara Spencer // Venue: Sophia Luxury Suites // Wedding Dress: Costarellos // Headpiece: Naturae Design // Hair and Makeup: Frantzeska Make Up And Hair // Wedding Cake: Cake By Annie // Tabletop Décor: Spread Love EventsThe Cross Design // Chairs: Weddings and Whimsy // Ribbon: Stella Wolfe // Models: New Model Agency

If purple is your hue, then Kelly and Devin’s East Coast wedding at Marianmade Farm is just the inspiration for you. The couple resides in California, but having both grown up in New England, the bride and groom knew that Maine was “the only place that felt right to be married in.” They enlisted the planning help of Daisies and Pearls and the floral expertise of Michelle Peele to transform their event space and incorporate as much color and local growing wild lupine as possible. You guys are going to love how it all turned out and thankfully Henry + Mac were behind the lens capturing all the details.

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from the bride: We both grew up in New England and had been living in California for years by the time we were planning our wedding. Maine was the only place that felt right to be married in (it was where we met and fell in love), but we also wanted to incorporate some of our laid-back California lifestyle that we loved so much. We had been dating for 7 years and already felt like we were part of each other’s families. So we wanted the wedding to be not only a celebration of our relationship but also our community, as a thank you for so much support over the years. Our photographers asked us what we imagined the wedding day would feel like. We said we wanted it to feel like there was one big giant hug surrounding us. All of our people smiling, laughing, crying, loving together. It felt like that and so much more.

Wedding Vibes: We are both huge fans of color so we wanted to use as much as possible to make the celebration feel vibrant and fun, but also timeless. Something that we could look back on and love for years to come.

I spent a lot of my childhood on the Maine coast and my favorite book is Miss Rumphuis, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It’s a story about a woman who spread Lupine seeds all over the coast to make the world more beautiful. As it turns out, our mid-June date is prime blooming season for wild Lupine. We used the book cover as inspiration for a bright color palate and decided that we would spread Lupine all over the wedding. We were married on a working flower farm so it only seemed right that farm’s flowers would provide all the florals for the wedding. I wanted bright, wild looking florals to keep a laid back vibe running through the décor.

One way we tied California into the wedding was through our incredible invitations and paper goods wizard, Taryn Sutherland of Twinkle and Toast. Her modern calligraphy with fun nontraditional lettering let us continue our use of bright colors with a watercolor/Lupine palate to tie all the details together.

Having all of the people you love in one place doesn’t happen all that often, so we made it a priority to provide the best guest experience we could. For us, that meant spending the money needed on transportation from hotels to the venue and back, an amazing caterer that specialized in family style celebrations, and great music. We feel that all of this helped create a relaxed and welcoming vibe to the whole weekend.

We also loved the idea of getting everyone together the night before so we had a large traditional lobster bake and then invited all of our guests to join us for dessert and drinks. We still got family time and additional party time with our guests. It also took some of the pressure off in having to make it to every table at dinner during the reception- which we definitely didn’t accomplish.

Advice for Planning Couples.

Surround yourself with vendors that you trust and let them do what they do best. Devin and I had a lot going on around the time of our wedding. We moved from California to New England, closed on a house, completed graduate school, and changed jobs in the three weeks leading up the wedding. Our amazing team, led by Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls, took care of everything and we got to sit back and take in every last drop of the day.

Also, no matter how hard you try to not let the process stress you out, it will. When that happens, step back and try to remember that you have a fabulous party coming your way with all of your favorite people. Lastly, happiness and laughter are contagious. If you are having a fabulous time, your guests will too. So let yourself feel all the feels on your wedding day and if you do that, it will feel like you.

Favorite part of the day: Every moment of the day felt like pure magic. Getting ready with the female loves of my life, seeing everyone sending so much love back at us. The day felt like it was pouring with joy.

A few moments in particular surprised me with how much they ended up meaning:

First Look- When we first started planning the wedding, I was totally against the idea of a doing a first look. I grew up dreaming of seeing the look on my groom’s face when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. But then we did an engagement session with our photographers and they allowed it to feel so peaceful, standing close to Devin and just being in the moment. So non-invasive and natural feeling that we decided it was really important to have some alone time like that on the wedding day. The only thing we told our photographers about the first look was that we didn’t want it to feel forced, and they delivered big time. After seeing each other at the venue (where I was getting ready), we hopped in their car and stopped for a walk through a field of blooming wild Lupine a few miles down the road. A beautiful, secret hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

It was also the field that provided flowers for my bouquet. With Lupine being my favorite flower, getting to walk with Devin through that field was not only relaxing and quiet, but also a dream come true. The next day, we were both so grateful that we got that time together because once the day gets rolling, you won’t be alone at all.

Ceremony: We put a lot of thought and time into our ceremony. It’s the reason we were all together that day and we wanted it to represent what we felt was important in a marriage relationship. Having a completely secular ceremony was a big part of our beliefs and Devin’s father got ordained to marry us. He is a great, thoughtful public speaker and built his messages from the book “How to Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh. My godparents also serenaded the crowd with an interactive, acoustic rendition of “Give Yourself to Love”- Kate Wolf. From the first time we talked about the ceremony, Devin insisted that we write our own vows. He felt strongly that our whole community should hear from us why we loved each other and why we were getting married. I was completely terrified, not one to pour my heart out in front of crowds. During the ceremony, I completely forgot about my anxiety because I was having so much fun watching Devin’s father charm the crowd. When it was time, I just focused on Devin’s face and went for it. And when he read his vows back, it was incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more special and loved than in that moment and will never forget it. Having someone we knew well and trusted standing up there with us also helped a lot in terms of making us comfortable.

Photography: Henry + Mac // Planner: Daisies and Pearls // Flowers: Michelle Peele // Invites: Twinkle + Toast // Venue: Marianmade Farm // Catering & Cake: Trillium Caterers // Bride Dress: Romona Keveza // Dress Shop: Musette Bridal // Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss // HMU: Ariel Johnson // Rentals: One Stop Event A Family Affair of Maine // DJ: DJ Jon

 

In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, we’re sharing Stephie and Aki’s spectacular celebration. The couple enlisted the creative team at RTTO Events to help them plan their carnival-theme wedding. Set at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, the event began with a lovely outdoor ceremony under weeping tree branches, cafe lights and a beautiful ombre pink petal isle runner and was followed by, literally, a carnival reception. Complete with a big ferris wheel, clowns on stilts, retro carnival games, balloons and cool floral installations, it’s truly a sight to be seen and all the details are captured beautifully by the talented MacKensey Alexander.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

FROM RTTO: The bride and groom came to us with the idea of a carnival theme. We were excited because the space they’d chosen speaks to that — Calamigos in Malibu has this amazing ferris wheel, for starters. So we ran with the idea. The bride and groom had specific, creative elements they wanted to incorporate such as carnival games which made the event so fun and we loved accenting that with really unique installations that hung from the ceiling, bright colors and balloons, and interesting florals. It was carnival taken up a notch and turned out really fun and elegant which we believe also describes the couple pretty perfectly.

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

From the Bride: My gown was the Teresa Gown by Hayley Paige which I got at the JLM Couture Boutique in West Hollywood. It was actually a dress that my bridal party chose for me and I decided to try it on first, just to please them. However, as soon as I tried it on I was amazed and quite shocked at how much I liked it that anything else I wore afterwards just didn’t compare. The details were absolutely gorgeous with just the right amount of sparkle and simplicity to it. And it was so perfect for our carnival theme too!

From RTTO: We couldn’t have hoped for a better dress on this gorgeous bride. She chose it with her bridal party and we were taken aback by how perfectly it fit her theme, but more importantly how perfectly it fit her.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From the Bride: We unfortunately lost Aki’s mom the year prior to cancer and it was very hard for all of us. We decided to commemorate her by handing out poppy pins for all the guests to wear because their family used to go on annual poppy field trips and it was something that his mother loved to do. Almost everything about our wedding was personal to us. It essentially encapsulated our relationship in its entirety because Aki and I are essentially big kids who just want to have fun. Our goal was to make it as less wedding-like as possible. One of our top priorities was to make sure our guests walked away happy and just as giddy as we were that night. I was very involved in the planning process to make sure that the right details were showcased and it all came through wonderfully in the end.

RTTO: While we enjoy bringing RTTO’s style to every wedding we design, what we really liked about this one was how much the couple brought to the table as well. For example, the bride had her friends help create a dessert table and it was stunning – so perfectly detailed to match everything else within the aesthetic. Plus, we can’t express how emotional we got when it came time to walk them down the aisle – between the flower girls holding these impactful, oversized balloons and the couple’s sweet baby boy who went down the aisle in a wagon – perfection.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

From the Bride: For me the most memorable part of the day was walking into our cocktail hour with our son. Aki and I also had our first dance in front of the ferris wheel surrounded by our loved ones and that was such a special moment for us!

From Heather at RTTO: The couple’s son was sleeping right before the ceremony. Grandpa handed him over to me so that everyone could take their places. I was literally directing the ceremony processional while holding this sleeping baby. Then I placed him into his wagon at the last moment. I get emotional as it is, but this all unfolding so beautifully really got me at the core.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the Bride: Aki and I first crossed paths on Mother’s day of 2006 where we were both eating at my parents’ restaurant in LA. I saw him sitting at the sushi bar and thought he was cute but thought I’d never see him again so I didn’t think much of it. Little did I know that was very far from the truth. I had just graduated high school and was helping out for the summer as a waitress, and lo and behold there’s Aki in the kitchen working as a chef. For the next 3 months we continued our friendship even though I had started to attend college, coincidentally not too far from where he was living at the time, and we went on what many people would consider “dates” but was just hanging out for us. Eventually he mustered up the courage to tell me he liked me and from there it was history. Fast forward 8 years with the many trials and errors in between of any real relationship, we decided to take time off of work and travel the world. Quite literally. We traveled through Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia for 3 months before making our way to Australia.

Our engagement happened on New Year’s Eve of 2014 before we headed to Australia. I had been telling Aki throughout our relationship that I didn’t want him to publicly propose because for me it was such a private moment. He really took this to heart and the poor guy already had a mountain to climb since it’s really hard to surprise me. We were planning on taking a picnic to Disneyland to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks; while he was working on that, there was a book delivery for him from Shutterfly and I nonchalantly handed it to him because it had his name on it. Knowing me so well, he assumed that I had already thought about the possibility that whatever was in there could be linked to a potential proposal (which he was right about!). I tried to dismiss the idea so I didn’t ruin anything for myself. I noticed he was gone for a hot minute (by the way, during this time he was actually trying to figure out what to do because the book actually wasn’t supposed to arrive until after the New Year) and when he came back he handed me the book and told me to open it, which really made me think that maybe he had made a book about our travels. I was right. It was a really sweet book of all the places we had traveled to and the highlights of our trip but at the very end of the book, he had placed a picture that was taken at Disneyland probably 4 years prior where Chip and Dale forced him to go on his knees and pretend to propose to me. As soon as I saw that, I knew what was coming. I essentially shut down (of happiness) because we had talked about it for so long it was weird to actually be in that moment. He talked to me about our entire relationship and how much it had changed him for the better and what it meant to him and that he was looking forward to spending the rest of his life with me. In the end, although he had made this really nice picnic for us, we just went and did an In N Out burger run and sat on our couch and enjoyed each other’s company. :)

 

Event Planning, Design & Florals: RTTO Events // Photographer:  MacKensey Alexander // Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu California // Dress: JLM Couture // Event Lighting: Malibu Event Lighting