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Welcoming, sensual, minimal, organic, and artisanal are the words Alexandra McNamara found inspiration in for this modern, blush editorial. Sourcing maker quality items from the likes of Notary CeramicsLeanne Marshall and  Silk and Willow was key to the overall mood. Hunt and Gather  created florals with a unique mix of warm and neutral tones and foraged foliage, in line with the organic and natural story of the shoot. While warm candlelight and stationery on handmade cotton paper by Paula Lee Calligraphy provided the finishing touches and Christine Lim was behind the lens capturing all the details in these lovely film images.

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Photography: Christine Lim // Design and creative direction: Alexandra McNamara // Flowers: Hunt and Gather // Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy // Dress: Sash and Bustle // Dress 1: Saja Wedding // Dress 2 Skirt: Theia Couture / Top: Leanne Marshall // Hair and Makeup: Amy Beth // Chargers: Plate Occasions // Ceramics: Notary Ceramics // Table linen: Linen Closet // Napkins: Silk and Willow // Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals // Earrings: The Loved One // Ring: On The Other Hand // Model: Anya from Ciotti Models

 

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A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends, but today’s featured couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception—on a farm! Filled with all the vibrant visuals we love so much about Indian weddings, this one captured by Grey Collective member D. Park Photography and planned by So Eventful LLC  shows the unique pairing of cultural traditions and the rustic barn setting of Olympia’s Valley Estate.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends. This couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception and show their closest friends and family something they have probably never seen before by taking them to an outdoor farm venue filled with livestock and a beautiful barn for dinner.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the Hindu ceremony, a pack of cows came to watch over. In the Hindu culture, cows are very sacred and deeply respected so this was fun to see! All of the guests were so excited to see the cows watching over, it was almost like the cows were blessing the couple.

Photo/film:  D. Park Photography // Planner: Kristen Miller of So Eventful LLC // Florist: Angella Floral Arts // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Getting Ready: Four Points by Sheraton, San Rafael // Venue/Draping: Olympia’s Valley Estate // Site Coordinator: Lydia Tresch // Dress: Sushma Creations Bombay // Hair/Makeup Lilys Beauty World // Jewelry: Sirini Bombay // Rings: Mon Ami Jewelry Chicago // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Caterer: Park Ave Catering // Horse: Hackney Horse + Carriage // Photobooth: Giggle and Riot // DJ: Wicked Entertainment // Officiant: Shastriji Shiv Kumar Bhatt // Transportation: Luxbus Charters

 

Kalpana and Matt’s favorite part about their wedding at Villa Verano was that it was actually two weddings in one day! First, a vibrant Hindu ceremony  and brunch complete with cultural tradition, henna, parasols and a gorgeous pink palette. Second, a romantic Christian ceremony in the villa courtyard followed by a dinner filled with pared back metallic details. We’re loving the way Trina Schmidt Weddings totally transformed the lush venue into two different celebrations with the help of Coco Rose Flowers. The couple enlisted Elizabeth Burgi Photography to capture their celebration and you can see all the beautiful images here!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

That it was two weddings in one day! For the Hindu ceremony we wanted people to have fun, so we had bright colors on our mandap, brought some fun colored parasols which were great since it was so hot and of course started the day with a horse ride and party which I think was a great way to kick off the day. For the Christian ceremony we wanted low key, romantic which I think we got from not bringing in too many flowers but using the beautiful landscape already there and then getting married in a little courtyard made it more intimate.

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

I had been planning this wedding in my head for a while (thanks Pinterest) so I knew I wanted a long sleeve, low back dress. I found Dreamers and Lovers and they designed the kind of dresses I wanted and after trying on maybe 5 dresses I knew the “Kristen” was it.

How did you find your FIRST wedding dress?

Matt and I had been dating for about 6 years and I knew that he’d eventually pop the question, so when my mom and I traveled to India, I figured I’d go ahead and do some shopping. Four months later I got the ring!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride (Kalpana)- My favorite part was in the morning at the Baraat, I sneaked into the kitchen and watched the festivities, hidden in the corner. It was fun to see both families having so much fun and seeing Matt on the horse. Groom (Matt)- Marrying Kalpana. Or riding in on the horse at the Baraat.

Tell us how you met.

We met on Match. I was on the site for maybe 2 days before Matt emailed me. We set up a date at a bar a week later. I showed up about 10 min late and when I got there he was nowhere to be seen. I was on my way out when I saw him on the phone. After that date it was happily ever after.

How did you get engaged? 

We were on a Christmas trip to Sedona and on the last day there we went on a hike. When we got to the top, Matt sort of dropped to one knee (it was super muddy from the rain) and popped the question!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Since my dad passed away 20+ years ago, I wanted to make sure to remember him as I was walking down the aisle, so I attached a photo of him on my bouquet and sewed a piece of his shirt onto my white dress. Matt is the last of his siblings to get married, so I wanted everyone to know there’s a new “Mrs. Hull” in town and got a jacket embroidered with my new name on the back of it.

Villa Verano Wedding – Matthew and Kalpana from TSI Video Productions on Vimeo.

Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings // Florist: Coco Rose Flowers // Venue: Villa Verano // Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Make-up & Hair // Lunch Caterer: Chennai Tippin // Dinner Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Videographer: TSI Video Productions // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Baraat White Horse: Enchanted Carriages // Shuttle Service: EOS Santa Barbara // Hindu Ceremony Priest: Ramesh Hebbala // Christian Ceremony Priest: Father Kearney // Luncheon linens: La Tavola Linens // Henna: Henna Me Beautiful

 

Caroline had always joked that she didn’t want to get engaged until she was 25, so on her twenty-fifth birthday—after dating for ten years—Mike proposed on their camping trip in Yosemite. The couple celebrated their nuptials at Triunfo Creek Vineyards—a bright and happy event planned by Wish Wonder Dream. Lush and colorful floral by Enchanted Garden Floral Design in coral, pink, red and purple are pure happiness in the simple ceremony on the grounds and courtyard reception under cafe lights. Photographer Jenny Smith & Co. was behind the lens capturing the high school sweethearts as they joyfully embarked on their next adventure in love.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My grandmother is a retired federal judge, so it’s always been a dream of mine for her to officiate our wedding. Between my grandmother officiating the ceremony and special readings that both of our best friends recited, the ceremony was so personal. We also used our music selections throughout the day to help tell our own story. Music for the ceremony, first dance and reception intros all reflected songs that are special to us and represent different points in our relationship. I also think that our drop dead gorgeous wedding venue made the day hugely special. The grounds are truly magical.

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

It was actually equal parts fate and fire drill! I’d previously purchased another dress early on in the planning process and ended up regretting the purchase as the wedding came together and evolved stylistically. At the last minute, I ended up reselling the other dress and starting over. I went to a bridal salon to shop the available samples since timing was so tight and was feeling discouraged because nothing was calling my name. As we were about to leave, the stylist mentioned that they were having a RIVINI trunk sale and that the designer was on site. All of the Rivini dresses were exactly the classic, simple, timeless style I was looking for and once I tried on my dress, that was it! The Rivini team was amazing in helping me to rush and get the dress in time. Fate!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the thank you gift for guests. Mike’s mom is a very talented artist and potter and made custom mugs for everyone to take home with them. She has made a special piece of pottery for each of her kids’ weddings and I love knowing that our guests have a homemade gift that will remind them of our day whenever they use it. We also wrote our own vows, which was an incredible moment. Mike’s vows floored me, they were SO good. We both unknowingly mentioned adopting a dog within our vows, and did so within days of getting home from our honeymoon!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is truly impossible! The day was perfect from start to finish. But for both of us, the first few moments immediately following the ceremony where it sank in that we were finally married was one of the most joyful feelings of all time.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met senior year of high school and weathered the storm of going to separate colleges. After graduation we settled in Los Angeles and have been together for ten years. I used to joke that I didn’t want to get engaged until we were 25, so Mike took this to heart and proposed on my 25th birthday on a camping trip in Yosemite. It was a total surprise and I accidentally & unknowingly almost foiled his plan at numerous points, but he pulled it off in the end. A perfect engagement to precurse a perfect wedding.

 

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: Wish Wonder Dream // Florals: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress: Rivini by Rita Vinieris // Paper Goods: Minted // Makeup & Hair: Be.NYLA // Cake: Sheila Mae // Band: Downbeat LA // Rentals & Lighting: A Rental Connection // Catering: LA Roots // Bar: Liquid Catering

 

 

“Today is the day I marry you, my best friend” read the banner—in lovely brush lettering— behind Hannah and Isaac as they said their vows in front of 72 of their closest family and friends at Crabtree’s Kittle House. The bed and breakfast and it’s lovely gardens are set just 30 miles outside of New York city and created the perfect venue for the couple’s intimate wedding celebration. Rainstorms only accentuated the beauty of the grounds and the details of the day planned by Fitting Fêtes. The soft color palette and incredibly romantic florals by Heart and Soil Flowers are beyond photogenic and thankfully, Grey Collective member Katherine Ridgely was on hand to capture the details and lovely couple in her signature film style.

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made the wedding special and unique is that we were surrounded by a small group of people who truly loved us. We were determined from the start to only abide to traditions that had special meaning to us as a couple, and because of this we were able to keep our guest list small and intimate.

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

I found my gown while working at Lovely Bride – I actually put it on a client and in that very moment knew it was for me!

Tell us about your venue and why it was memorable?

Answer: We only visited a few other venues before our visit to Crabtree’s Kittle House. We loved the beautiful space and how fitting it would be for our intimate gathering, but what really sealed the deal was talking to the team there. Unlike many other venues, they were flexible and open to customizing the experience for us and we really loved that.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

There’s a part in that day that I’ll always remember – Isaac was walking around, talking to guests, and I was sitting at my seat. I took a moment to look around and everyone was happy, smiling, and there because they genuinely loved us and were happy for us. It was just maybe fifteen seconds or so, but I’m so glad I remembered to soak in that moment because it’s a memory I cherish every day. The other special moment was our first look! We hadn’t seen each other all day and right as I was walking up to Isaac, I felt so nervous! When he turned around I couldn’t help but shed a few tears – there were so many emotions running through me!

 

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Coordinator: Justina Michaels of Fitting Fêtes // Floral Design: Heart and Soil Flowers // Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Song and Pen // Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Textiles: Bayith // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box