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Liana and Adam decided to forgo a fussy black tie wedding, and chose an outdoor Sonoma venue with breathtaking views. The couple enlisted Grey Collective member Bustle Events to fill Kunde Family Winery with gorgeous bright and fun flowers in pinks, oranges and yellows by Nancy Liu Chin and cheerful details like pink watercolor paper goods by Tina Yang and a lounge area with relaxed vintage vibes. Photographer Meg Messina was on had to capture all the beautiful moments and we’re thrilled to be sharing them with you today!

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What made your wedding feel special and unique?

We wanted our wedding to be a great representation of us, so we ditched some of the typical wedding rules. Also, I’m used to fussy black tie weddings, and I didn’t want any of that. So we chose an outdoor venue with breathtaking views, gorgeous bright and fun flowers in pinks, oranges and yellows from the amazing Nancy Liu Chin, and California seasonal simple food served family style from one of the best restaurants in all of wine country – Glen Ellen Star. Another example of how we made our wedding our own was that we didn’t have a typical bridal party. We are both very close with our siblings, and wanted them in our wedding party. But in thinking about it, I realized I wanted my brothers standing up next to me, and my husband wanted his sister standing up next to him on his wedding day. So we decided that my brothers would be my “bridesmen” and my husband’s sister would be his “groomswoman.” Also, because our families are big, we have so many kids in the family that are special to us, and I know how fun it can be for a little girl to be a flower girl. So we ended up having five flower girls and three attendants, made up of our niece and nephews, my cousin’s three kids, and my husband’s cousin’s two kids. I loved having so many of our family members be a part of our special day.

Also, it might sound cliché but our wedding spot just felt magical. My husband is from Chicago and I’m from Montreal, so we chose Kunde in Sonoma as a way to share one of our favorite spots with everyone. Getting married up on a hill in the middle of a vineyard on a gorgeous summer day, and having a beautiful sunset and full moon that night, just made the night feel special. And being able to share such a special spot with all of our family and friends, and see them marvel at the magic of that spot, was so special.

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

I really had no idea what kind of gown I wanted when I started shopping. All I knew was that I didn’t want my dress to look like a standard wedding gown. I lost my mom in 2009, and not being able to share the experience of buying a wedding dress with her was tough. So I made sure to bring along some really special people with me, including my two cousins, my husband’s sister and one of my best friends. We only planned to go to two stores, and after the first one we had found some good options but didn’t have that wow moment. As we walked into our second store, Marina Morrison in San Francisco, my cousin spotted a Carolina Herrera dress that was displayed at the entrance. I tried that dress on, along with some other suggestions from my party. When I tried that dress on, I realized it could be my dress. Everyone in my party seemed blown away by the dress, and it made me feel amazing. But I wasn’t convinced. So I tried on another dress that I had thought was another contender, and as soon as I put on that other dress, I started to cry because I realized it was wrong and the Carolina Herrera dress was mine. So did everyone else. It was hard to explain why I knew that the original dress was mine, but I just knew. I totally had the bridal moment in the wrong dress!

I am still so in love with my dress. What makes it so special is the entire dress is covered in hand painted silk. It is all hand painted with a honeycomb pattern and flowers, that is sort of like an illusion because it looks like lace from afar. It is just so special and unique. And I love how the dress’ shape was fitted and not fussy, but still gave me a bit of pouf in the skirt and a gorgeous long train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One way I made my day extra personal was to incorporate meaningful items into what I wore that day. I wanted to have my mom with me that day, so I had her garter from her wedding sewn into the tulle in my dress and wore all of her jewelry. I had a locket with her picture and signature on it attached to my bouquet. Another special touch was that my mother’s best friend took me shopping for my wedding shoes and bought me my super fun bright blue Charlotte Olympia heels. She ended up not being able to attend the wedding due to her health (and has since passed away), so having those shoes to wear was extra meaningful. I also had some pictures of my mom displayed during cocktail hour, so I could have her there.

My husband loves old maps, so we worked with Cara from Underwood Letterpress to have her hand-design a map of all of our wedding weekend locations. It is so personal and she did such an amazing job! She even incorporated my love of hot pink into the invitations in a modern and non-girly way.

And since we love to cook, and my husband is a trained chef, we wanted the food to reflect us as a couple and for the dinner to just feel like a big dinner party. So we ended up choosing to serve the meal family style, with food from a local restaurant (through their catering branch) that is known for delicious simple seasonal California cuisine – it was so delicious! And since they are also known for their homemade ice creams, we decided to forego the traditional wedding cake and instead served ice cream and cobbler for dessert.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our first dance was probably my favorite part of the wedding. My husband and I do not share a similar taste in music, so agreeing on a song took some serious work! After he shot down my country music suggestions, he seemed receptive to my suggestion of Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up, but wanted to explore other options. We spent hours listening to songs, making lists, cutting down the lists, and then making new lists. And then 3 days before the wedding we realized that that Jason Mraz song had been the perfect song all along since it perfectly described how much we are each other’s rocks. Once our first dance started, I remember only focusing on my husband, and being absolutely caught up in that moment – it really felt like we were the only ones there. We both spent most of the dance singing to each other, crying and swaying, rather than really dancing, but it felt so intimate and romantic.

I also remember my husband pulling me away from the dance floor at one point later in the evening to share a moment. We stood there, staring at this amazing full moon, with all of our loved ones in the background and just soaked in the moment. I cannot remember a time where I have ever felt more at peace and more blissfully happy.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My uncle and my husband’s sister actually set us up! My cousin (my uncle’s daughter) and my husband’s sister are actually really good friends from college. One night my sister-in-law was having some of her girlfriends over for a bridge night (including my cousin) and invited my uncle to help teach them bridge. My husband happened to be there, and offered to cook for everyone since he loves to cook. My uncle saw this cute guy who could cook and immediately started grilling him about his dating life. After learning my husband was single, my uncle asked my husband if he had any interest in meeting his niece in law school, and gave my husband my email. We both figured drinks couldn’t hurt, so we decided to meet for drinks one night in Palo Alto. We met totally blind, and ended up spending the whole night talking over just one glass of wine…and the rest is history!

My husband ended up proposing to me on a hike in the Presidio in San Francisco, one of our favorite spots in the city. I guess he had scouted out some good spots, and found a spot overlooking the beach with amazing views of the golden gate bridge (my favorite San Francisco icon). One Saturday morning he suggested we take our dog for a hike in the Presidio, so I put on my sweatpants and a baseball cap and we headed out. As soon as we got to the spot, I was standing to admire the views and he got down on one knee to propose. I don’t remember much except that as soon as he kneeled to propose I crouched down to be on his same level, and just kept repeating “are you serious?” We went back to that spot for our engagement photos, which was pretty special.

Liana Rabinovitch + Adam Johnson Overview Film from Well Spun Weddings on Vimeo.

Photography: Meg Messina // Planning and Design: Bustle Events // Florals: Nancy Liu Chin // Invitations/Menu: Underwood Letterpress  // Venue: Kunde Family Winery // Calligraphy: Tina Yang // Bride’s Dress: Caroline Herrera // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist // Catering: Stellar Catering // Videography: Well Spun Weddings // DJ: Boutique DJs

 

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Alright guys—this one is desert-boho at its finest! Monica and David’s wedding took place in the bride’s parents’ backyard—a boutique San Bernadino vineyard that was planted by the family. With home grown wine and teepee vibes, the day is filled with artistic family-created details like more than 200 tie-dyed napkins and 250 hand-made pinchpots. Florals by Fleuris Flower Studio are show-stopping including Monica’s larger-than-life floral crown and the overall mood is totally joyful and captured perfectly by Mandilynn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Location–being able to get married in literally my parents backyard which is a boutique vineyard that we planted together as a family. Home grown wine. Teepee vibes.

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

I was recommended to a local boutique that a few of my girlfriends had gotten their dresses at. Deborah’s bridal in Upland. They were simply amazing to work with. I didn’t want the typical dress with layers of tulle. I knew I wanted a fitted long sleeve lace gown but when I said that out loud I’m sure people envisioned 80’s style with the Rambo headband. I wanted classy with a killer back. We were in a pinch because I went in late December and the wedding was less than 4 months away. I went with Stella York and had to pay a rush fee to have it made because it was coming from Australia. Time is money! I was told that I wouldn’t know until late January/ early February if I would be guaranteed the dress because of the short time frame. I remember trying on the sample size and busting out with a dance move to make sure I could boogie on the big day.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

My gem of a mom and her artistic abilities. She handmade over 250 ceramic pinch pots that were later filled with my private stash of succulents and given to our guests. We also tie-dyed over 200 napkins, which added pops of flair. The cake was my Great Aunt Carol’s recipe for her southern pound cake. The flower arrangements had an assortment of feathers from our peacocks. The succulents in my bouquet and David’s boutonniere were planted after the wedding as a keepsake. Our glasses were cut wine bottles with hand etched logos. We also served the family reserve (Red Fern Blend) wine with custom labels #davidamonicaletspolka. Oh and pizza!! 5 different varieties of gourmet stone oven pizza. It was everything.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The joy. It sounds corny but David and I were both ecstatic. We were so happy to celebrate our love with each other and amongst our closest friends and family. The day was to celebrate our union.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a barbecue at my friends house. He spilled wine all over my friend’s carpet and turned bright red. It was hilarious and I teased him for months. He’s a good sport.

The night of our engagement we were planning to have dinner at the lodge in Lake Arrowhead for our 6 month anniversary. He met me at the bottom of the hill and we drove up together in his truck. He looked clammy and nervous. I just thought maybe he needed to eat! We arrived at the little lodge and headed towards a gazebo. I looked over and saw a couple sitting in candlelight at a little table with a bottle of champagne. David wanted to keep walking towards them and I was like “no way we are crashing their romantic dinner!” He insisted. I was super awkward. He begins with a speech which I don’t remember but it was sweet and all of a sudden gets down on one knee and asks if I will marry him. He opens up a box with 3 rings. And I’m shocked and answered with  “absolutely!!!”

Photography: Mandilynn Photography // Flowers: Fleuris Flower Studio  // Stationery: The Pastel Fox // Venue: Stomping Ground Vineyard, Steve and Peggy Avila // Wedding Dress: Stella York, Essence of Australia // Shoes: Free People // Hair and Makeup: Bride // Bridesmaids Dress: For Love and Lemons // Caterer:  Urban Pie // Cake: Nikki’s Custom Cakes // Chairs: An Elegant Affair // Videographer: Jay Williams Photography // DJ: Paid 2 Party

 

 

Channing and Jon wanted a “romantic and chic” wedding celebration in San Diego. Brick was the first venue they visited, and also the last—they LOVED it. Planners SoCal Wedding Consultant coordinated details that played of the space’s brick walls and a vintage vibe setting the perfect tone for the couple’s big day. San Diego Floral Design emphasized the palette of mostly whites and greens with pops of peach and gold while the couple (amazingly!) DIY-ed the large floral wreath installation. Photographer Christina with Hello Blue was a natural choice for the couple and these gorgeous images prove it was the perfect match.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Jon: For us, what made our wedding special and unique was that our guests ended up telling us that they felt as if they were invited to a dinner and a show. We added our own personality into our wedding by choreographing our first dance ourselves, making a short film with Channing’s brother and singing a Disney love song medley together that we arranged ourselves. Our parents even surprised us by singing a song for us. Moreover, all the speeches were captivating, heartwarming and tear-jerking for everyone. All the guests were telling us that they felt entertained and engaged the whole time. At the end of the night, Channing and I were still in disbelief on how smoothly the evening progressed, how fantastic all the decorations looked, and how much fun everyone ended up having.

Channing: For our wedding, we both wanted something romantic and chic. Jonathan and I wanted a rustic/industrial venue to have our wedding. When we saw BRICK, we both agreed that it was perfect. The brick walls and the market lights had a vintage vibe that we loved. The open space allowed us to be creative and fill the room with whatever we wanted. It was our first choice and the only venue we visited and we went with it! Jonathan and I wanted a photographer that we could trust. We wanted to know that we would love all of the shots captured and that no moment would be missed. Upon seeing Christina’s work, we loved the soft details of her photography and the way she captured beautiful moments. Once we met Christina and knew she was available, we booked her right away! Our engagement shoot was fun, natural, and effortless and we knew we were in good hands for our wedding day. Her aesthetic completely aligns with the vision we had for the wedding so it was a perfect match.

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

Channing: I stumbled across Julie Vino’s dresses on social media and instantly fell in love. I made an appointment with them when they had a trunk show in town and the dresses were just as beautiful in person as they were in photos. I had no idea what I wanted for my wedding dress until I saw the Dakota. I knew it was THE dress. So I said “yes” to the dress!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Channing: We wanted to make our wedding as “us” as possible with as many personal touches we could squeeze in. We used a track from our first date movie (back in 2010!) as the bride concessional. Jonathan used his 3D printer to print out each of the place cards for our guests. We DIYed our floral wreath chandelier and I hand-wrote most of the decorations, like our guest seating chart, the menu, and our guestbook globe. I have a minimalistic palette, so everything was mostly white with touches of our wedding colors, gold and peach. I found inspiration from blogs and Pinterest and built off of that with my own aesthetic. All of these projects took months of planning and hard work, but it was so worth it in the end to see our dream wedding come to life.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It is hard to pick just one part of the day to be the most memorable since there were so many surprises and emotions throughout the entire day but if we had to, we would choose our parents surprising us with a singing performance to bless us. Little did we know, they had scheduled a few practices in secret before the wedding. They sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” arranged in a four-part harmony and it blew everyone away.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jon: Channing and I met in 2008 at church. She had been attending that church all her life and I was a newcomer. We exchanged pleasantries but didn’t really get to know each other until 2010, when we started playing card games together every Sunday after church. After a college winter retreat in 2010, I told my best friends that I was interested in Channing and they gave me their approval. For our first date, I took Channing to see the movie How to Train Your Dragon. Five and a half years later I decided to propose to her.

Channing’s brother, Arthur, works in the film industry and we often helped him film personal projects for his demo reel. So around Christmas, I had Arthur message us, asking for our assistance in helping him get some romantic shots of a couple (us) looking at Christmas lights for his demo reel. This not only gave us an excuse to dress up, but also allowed Arthur to document the whole proposal without raising suspicion. The neighborhood I planned on taking Channing to is known for having spectacular Christmas lights set up and this year was no exception. I  planned the route we would walk and had our friends and family hiding at the very end. Once we got to that end point, we had someone take a picture of us on Channing’s phone in front of a Christmas light display. When we had our backs turned, our friends ran out, holding light up signs that I made with my 3D printer that spelled out “Channing Will You Marry Me?” After we took the picture, I had Channing check to see how the picture turned out. When she looked at the picture, she saw the lit up message in the background and turned around. By that time, I was already down on one knee and that’s when I gave my short, tear-filled speech and asked her to marry me.

Channing & Jonathan from byDesign Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Hello Blue // Wedding Planner: SoCal Wedding Consultant // Florist: San Diego Floral Design // Ceremony and Reception Venue + Photobooth: Brick // Gown: Julie Vino / La Belle Salon Bridal // Bakery: Sweet as Bliss // Catering and Rentals: ArtQuest Catering // Band: New Sensations // Hair: Beach Bridal Beauty // Makeup: Bride // Videographer: By Design Films // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Daniela and Andrew’s Beverly Hills wedding the perfect example of understated elegance. Everything about the bride’s style feels classic—from the clean lines of her Theia wedding gown, to the simplicity of her guestbook. Every detail mattered, made a statement, but wasn’t overstated or gaudy. Pavan Floral played off this classic style choosing an all white floral that livened the reception space at Hinoki and the Bird, but didn’t distract from the already beautiful natural elements like their crawling vines and planter boxes. Lucky for us, Christine Doneé was on hand to capture all the simply beautiful details of the day.

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Photography: Christine Doneé // Coordination and DJ: Kore Entertainment // Floral Design: Pavan Floral // Venue & Catering: Hinoki and the Bird // Videography: Everlong Videography // Wedding Gown: Theia // Bridal Shop: Lovely Bride // Hairpiece: Anthropologie // Hair & Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty // Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Rentals: Rustic Events

 

Summer is here and this vibrant editorial from our friends and Grey Collective members To La Lune Events has us feeling all the sunny vibes. The eclectic and worldly styling is enhanced bythe gorgeous details including tropical florals by L&S Design Co., graphic cakes by Hey There, Cupcake!, flirty stationery by Peanut Press Creative and guest appearances by some pretty adorable tropical bird-friends compliments of Free FlightDiana McGregor was on hand working her incredible magic behind the lens, and capturing all the fabulous details at Rancho Valencia.

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From the event planners: Imagine a bride who just returned from a trip around the world. She is effortlessly refreshed, relaxed, & has a sweet spot for all things bright, textured, & unique…paired with that perfect exotic touch, of course! This vibrant vision inspired us to create this gorgeous shoot, and we fell in love with the idea of incorporating all of these elements into her big day. As a gift to her guests, we visually transported them to the look & feel of a far away land, right in a heart of San Diego county.

Rancho Valencia, a Mediterranean inspired Resort & Spa tucked away in Rancho Santa Fe, set the stage as the perfect backdrop with its luscious landscape & charming architectural elements. As guests arrive at the property they are greeted by 45 acres of stunning gardens & unique details. Amazing tile work, oversized pottery vases, & fountains can be found speckled throughout the property, greeting guests with the feeling as though they have just been whisked away to the other side of the world.This shoot was filled with so many special details, from the amazing handcrafted wooden bead chandelier created by To La Lune, to the fun & funky pattern play invitation suite & paper elements by Cassie Salcido of Peanut Press Creative. And who can forget the amazing birds which provided the perfect exotic touch!?

Our effortlessly gorgeous bride wore two incredible gowns from The Dress Theory. She started the day in the most beautiful beaded v-backed by Theia. Her bright & beautiful bouquet crafted by L&S Design Co. popped stunningly against it. Post ceremony she changed into a Jenny Packham which was adorned with lovely jewels.

Hey There Cupcake whipped up two insanely perfect cakes which tied everything together. We showcased these beauties on peacock chair pedestals that were dolled up with florals. All of the lush tropical untamed florals by L&S Design Co. were chock full of bright & cheery blooms mixed with unique greenery, pomegranates, & persimmons. We absolutely loved the touch of kangaroo paw!”

Event Design, Coordination, & Styling: To La Lune Events // Photography: Diana McGregor // Floral Design: L&S Design Co. // Rentals: Powwow Vintage Rentals // Cakes: Hey There, Cupcake! // Gowns: The Dress Theory Bridal Shop / Jenny Packham + Theia // Makeup: Beauty by Melina // Hair: Hair by Brenda // Invitation & Paper Elements: Peanut Press Creative // Calligraphy: Wendy Ware // Venue: Rancho Valencia // Birds: Free Flight