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We’re totally loving this punchy-rustic wedding shot by Jessica Gold Photography. Seriously, you guys, how gorg in that combo of the pink-hued Alexia Designs bridesmaid dresses and lunch florals by R Love Floral?! Filled with personal touches, Elise and Ryan’s wedding at Avalon Legacy Ranch was “enchanting, peaceful, and simply magical.” Check out all the details in these gorgeous photos.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When we began planning, Ryan and I agreed right away that we really wanted our wedding to truly represent the two of us and, like our relationship, be so much FUN! The unique venue we selected helped us achieve this beautifully. Nestled on 25 acres of stunning landscape, it felt like we had traveled far from Texas; it was enchanting, peaceful, and simply magical! We used all the different areas of the venue for pieces of the wedding including: the outdoor chapel with stained glass windows and real church pews for the ceremony; the gorgeous covered patio, perfect for dinner and dancing all night; the rustic house for a bar filled with local alcohol, a DIY photo lounge, and plenty of seating around the fireplace; and the lush open lawn we filled with lounge furniture, games, a gourmet s’mores bar around the pergola-covered fire pits, and a beer bar featuring 12 local brews served on beer flights Ryan handmade. There was something for all the guests, which contributed to everyone relaxing, celebrating, and having fun! The theme for the wedding was berry-toned, rustic-yet-elegant and we were so happy to see this vision come to life in the décor, details and our bridal party. The bridesmaids each wore the same lace-detailed, floor-length dress in different lush shades of purples, reds, and pinks. This next to the guys’ grey suits and house party’s gold dresses with the gorgeous flowers by RLove Floral looked so dreamy against the outdoor landscape! I am obsessed with my photos from Jessica Gold who captured the day perfectly!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

What I loved most about my wedding, and what also contributed to it being special and unique are the many personal touches we had. My aunt made my garter from a blue tie from my (late) father and lace from my mother’s wedding dress. My bouquet was also wrapped with this lace and pinned together with a locket of my father so he could walk me down the aisle. Ryan’s sister is a minister and married us with the most beautifully written ceremony that we helped craft, and wore a gorgeous gold stole that was sewn by her mother. Ryan’s father crafted a wood box to seal our vows in during the ceremony. The groom’s cakes were his mom’s delicious Kahlua cake, accented with biker and climber cake toppers made by his dad. Our guest book was a wooden bench that everyone signed, made by Ryan’s grandfather for our house. My sister designed all of the printed pieces including the invitations, programs, table assignments and the chalkboard entry display. The corn-hole toss and ladder golf games used on the lawn were hand-made and personalized by Ryan’s aunts. Ryan also crafted several décor pieces. The wedding was overflowing with personal touches and I could not have been happier seeing all of these beautiful details together on our wedding day!

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

Shopping for my wedding dress was one of the most fun days ever! My mom, sister and best friend went to The Bridal Boutique in Lewisville and they treated me like a princess! As we sipped champagne, I tried on only 5 dresses and picked my dress. I felt like it was the perfect gown for me with the delicate vintage beaded shoulders and gorgeous lace. The belt was hand-made to match the beading and was the perfect addition! My favorite part was the deep V in the back and train that I knew my fiancé Ryan would love. I felt so beautiful wearing my dress!!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The best moment of the entire day was when I saw Ryan during the first look. I will never forget the anticipation and butterflies followed by the immediate calm that I felt when we saw each other. We shared our vows and spent time just together, so happy that we were about to walk down the aisle to the rest of our lives together. I would recommend a first look to any bride!!!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ryan and I met after I graduated from college and moved back to Dallas. Ironically we had crossed paths before, but we did not officially meet until a close mutual friend had her graduation party on a party bus. We started dating 2 days later and 5 years later we got engaged! Ryan proposed at Hamilton (my now last name) Pool near Austin, TX and arranged for all of our family to be there watching, including my sister from Georgia, his sister from Connecticut, and his grandparents from Illinois! He then took us all to a winery where he surprised me with all of our closest friends. Between family and friends we had almost 30 people that had traveled to celebrate with us. He organized dinner at the famous Salt Lick BBQ and rented a house for us all to stay in for the weekend! It was the best surprise and the most perfect proposal ever!

Photography: Jessica Gold Photography // Florist: R Love Floral // Hair/Makeup: Jenna Thomas Beauty // Bride’s Dress: Justina Alexander Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alexia Designs // Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank // Band/DJ: Groovin DJ // Cake: The Cake Guys  // Rentals: Fauxcades and Rent My Dust  // Venue: Avalon Legacy Ranch

 

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Since it’s way-crazy-super-freezing-cold over much of the country, we figure it’s the perfect time to share this striking winter engagement session from Taralynn Lawton. Valerie and Vince are adorable (not to mention their sweet pup!) and together they perfectly pulled off a relaxed-chic winter wardrobe for the shoot. We love the whole thing and, for a second, are embracing the cold. Enjoy!

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From the Bride: About a year after Vince and I met, we were skiing in Homewood at Lake Tahoe, which has some of the most incredible views in the area. I was struggling with the whole skiing thing, basically just cartwheeling down the mountain, which isn’t nearly as athletic-looking as it sounds (trust me). Exhausted and exasperated with snow in my eyelashes, I sat on the verge of tears overlooking the lake when he came and sat next to me, commenting on my “interesting technique” for getting down the mountain, making both of us laugh. We knew then that we’d be together for a long time.

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Six years, three apartments, and one puppy later, he was taking me to the Chateau Char Marron peony gardens in the hills of San Jose during peak blooming season, knowing peonies are my favorite flower. We were making our way through fields of blooms the size of softballs when I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. It was our puppy running toward us through the gardens. I was both excited to see him and confused as to why he was there, when Vince untied a satchel from his collar and got down on one knee. The details from that point on are pretty fuzzy (my memories are through eyes filled with happy tears), but I must have said yes because he slipped the most beautiful vintage engagement ring on my finger and pointed to my parents making their way out of the bushes, joined by his mom who had flown in from Colorado. Buckets of tears ensued. It was a perfect day.

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From the Photographer: I knew that Tahoe was a special place for Valerie and Vince, having bonded on skiing trips early on in their relationship, so I wanted to take them back there to spend an afternoon exploring the natural wonders of the area. And it seemed only fitting that we include their adorable pup named Ribs, who played a vital role in bearing the ring for Vince’s proposal! We caught an insanely gorgeous time of year, just days after the first snowfall, which made for an exciting mix of crisp late-Autumn and a magical winter wonderland. We strolled through different trails in the South Lake Tahoe region, stumbling on an array of beauty from fields of fresh snow to gorgeous Aspen groves, and finding a few patches of golden leaves hanging on from Fall. Valerie and Vince’s easy and adventurous spirit made them a joy to shoot, and they were such troopers braving the chilly air and stomping through the snow for me. I can’t wait to be back in the Tahoe area next year for their wedding!

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We’re absolutely smitten with Stephanie and Mark’s gorgeous wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. T From the insanely-photogenic bridal party in shades of periwinkle to Stephanie’s detailed Rosa Clara gown and simple, long veil, all the details of the day fell perfectly in line with the bride’s vision of “effortless glamour.” We know you’ll love the way the incredible Jen Wojcik Photography captured the lovely day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When planning my wedding I wanted more of a feeling than a specific look and thanks to Jen all the love and happiness of that day was captured beautifully. I wanted our family and friends to feel like they were at an extension of our homes. Less of an event and more of a natural gathering to share the happiness and excitement of this next chapter in our lives. Mark and I felt and heard from many people that it was the most intimate wedding they had been to and our love and all the love in the room was truly the showcase. That is what I feel made my day special and unique. That said, the look I was after was an effortless glamour, so nothing that looked too contrived. I instantly gravitated towards colors I associate with an olive grove somewhere in the Mediterranean, so muted greens, greys and ivory. The grounds at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe are gorgeous and provided the perfect balance of relaxed and refined glamour that I wanted. My friend Catherine is part owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Company and she gave me a tour of her gorgeous olive grove for inspiration and generously gave me olive branches for the ceremony arrangements.

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

My dress was part of the Rosa Clara 2016 collection. Dress name is Saboya. It was my second time trying on wedding dresses and it turned into a family affair. My entire immediate family was there for moral support. I actually didn’t pull the dress for myself, but the beading caught my eye and my stylist suggested I try it on. I tried on several lovely dresses and felt bridal, but not myself. I was running late for my second appointment of the day, so I wanted to rush out and almost didn’t try on my dress at all, but with some gentle coaxing from my stylist (and me being undressed anyway) I thought, why not. As soon as she pulled it past my waist I got chills and when I saw myself in the mirror I instantly teared up. I thought that “say yes to the dress” feeling was an urban legend, but it was very real! It was everything I never knew I always wanted, and most importantly it felt like me. When I walked out of the dressing room it left my previously noncommittal family speechless and feeling like I found the one. I looked over and saw my dad tearing up and I knew I was finished looking. The girls at The White Dress in Corona Del Mar were so sweet and very helpful.

The heels I wore were Casadei. They were so elegant and surprisingly comfortable. The reception dress was a Theia gown (and a late night impulse purchase I made online). One that I am so happy I made because it was lighter than my ceremony dress and I was able to dance and run around all night and still feel every bit as glam.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Since my dress had so much detail I didn’t want to wear much jewelry. The only piece of jewelry I wore was a Tiffany’s bracelet Mark gave me for our one year anniversary. It meant a lot to me to wear it on our wedding day because it reminded me of how far we’ve come.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for me was during the ceremony. Standing up front holding Mark’s hands, I felt so much love around me and felt so present. I remember looking at him thinking he looked incredibly handsome and the light and trees behind him made it all seem very dream-like. I felt we were exactly where we needed to be at that moment.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mark and I met back in 2007 when we were both 17. Our eyes met from across the room and we spent a better part of an hour sneaking glances at each other. I finally walked over to him and we exchanged contact information. I went home that day and found a MySpace message from none other than Mark Knutson! Fast forward to 2014, Mark just finished an internship in Amsterdam, so we took advantage of him being in Europe and I met him there and we flew down to Santorini. We had gone through a tough transition year, so taking this trip was really special for both of us. I like to say it was a proposal hidden in plain sight because we were both very much on vacation mode. Mark had surprised me with a massage and while I was in the room he was setting up a private dinner on the terrace with a chef he brought in. After gently rushing me to get ready using photos at sunset as an excuse for me to hurry, I quickly fixed myself up. He took my hand as we walked out onto the terrace where there were rose petals and candles on the ground and a stunning white table set up with great looking food. We walked past it to where he had the camera set up. I was looking at the camera ready for a picture when I looked over and saw him down on his knee. He proposed and opened a purple box (months earlier we had briefly run into a jewelry store to kill time before a dinner reservation) I instantly burst into tears and said “yes!” I jumped on him and was brought back to earth by the sound of hundreds of people clapping and cheering. No one we knew, but we had quite the audience with people in hotels and apartments watching the the sunset, and our perfect proposal.The man is a thinker and had a photographer capture everything! I was truly blown away.

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Photography: Jen Wojcik Photography // Coordinator: Storybook Weddings and Events // Videographer: Adam McCain Films // Florals: Poison Ivy Design // Dress: Saboya from the Rosa Clara 2016 Collection, from The White Dress // Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

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We’re loving this Fresh Elegance inspiration shoot from Couture Events. The details and design keep the Parisian influence feeling current and how romantic is the soft palette of peach and powdery blue? We also love the way the Archive Vintage Rentals give the character of the Westgate Hotel a really fresh vibe. We know you’ll love these gorgeous images from Garrett Richardson!

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Coordination: Couture Events // Photography: Garrett Richardson // Florist: Organic Flora //  Paper Pieces: Posh Paperie // Video: Anthology Films // Ring: Trumpet & Horn  // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Beauty: Unveiled Bridal Beauty // Gown & Accessories: Elle Bridal Boutique // Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // Venue: Westgate Hotel

TLWC Romantic Styled Shoot from Anthology Films on Vimeo.

If our first wedding feature of the year is any indication, we’re going to crush 2016 over here at GLW! We’re basically obsessed with Lori and James’ gorgeous outdoor fete. One part boho, one part rustic and 100% romantic, this one has more than it’s fair share of swoon worthy details all designed and photographed by two of their dear friendsKaleb Norman James Design and Ali Mae Photo. It sure helps to have friends in the biz becasue as the bride says: “…they literally NAILED it. We honestly couldn’t have made it more “us” even if we tried.” We know you’re going to love this one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We feel like the most unique element of the wedding was the fact that the venue accommodated almost all of our guests and we had the ability to connect with our closest friends and family all weekend. It was such a special place and such a profound period of time all together.

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

The gown is Monique Lhuillier. My maid of honor was actually flying in to town for a weekend to help me search for a dress along with my mom. The appointment at the bridal salon where I found the dress was a last minute add-on. The appointment was before any of my bridesmaids arrived in town so it was just my mom and me. It was the first appointment of our weekend and the first time I ever tried on wedding gowns. The dress was the third one and my mom and I bawled our eyes out. Once the girls arrived into town we ended up going to only one other appointment before we called it quits and went back to buy the dress!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Having James’ dad, Mike officiate the wedding was extremely personal and special. But I think having two close friends, Kaleb Willis and Ali Lavin, do the design, photography, and execution takes the cake. They are both incredibly talented and we didn’t even really give them direction. We just told them to do whatever they felt like would be right for us and they literally NAILED it. We honestly couldn’t have made it more “us” even if we tried.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Two things come to mind immediately: first is the candle lighting we did to honor James’ late mother. It was really important to us to make sure she was a part of it somehow. Even though she wasn’t there physically, we know she was there in spirit. The second is the colossal dance party that lasted 3 hours! Nuts.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I (Lori) moved down to L.A. in 2013 and on my first official night in my new apartment, my roommates had a weekly small group. James was a part of that group and ended up inviting me to coffee the next day to talk about a job. He basically hired me on the spot the next day and we became really close friends and months later we began dating. On February 13th 2015 James basically tricked me into planning my entire engagement day (unbeknownst to me). He surprised me at Griffith Observatory while my best friends and I were taking pictures overlooking the city. He got down on one knee and I blacked out. HA!

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Photography: Ali Mae Photo // Design + Florals: Kaleb Norman James Design // Videography: Revel Weddings // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Venue: Highland Springs Resort

James + Lori | Highland Springs Resort, San Bernardino CA from Revel Weddings on Vimeo.