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California couple, Julie and Chris, wanted to host a wedding that celebrated their love in the great outdoors of their home state. Clos LaChance Winery offered the perfect backdrop to the couple’s big day—golden California mountains, soft lighting around sunset and a warm evening for the patio reception. The wedding palette is neutral with hints of a lovely french blue and punchy coral in the florals by FVJ Luxuries. Julie’s WTOO gown is a scene stealer and her delicate hairpiece makes a romantic statement. The details and the glowing light of the afternoon California sun are all captured here by Retrospect Images.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

I think our wedding was the perfect combination of everything that Chris and I love. We both grew up in California and loved the great outdoors. While we were planning our wedding, we both knew we wanted to host an outdoor wedding. We had the golden California mountains as the backdrop to our ceremony and enjoyed the warm summer night out on the patio with friends and family for our reception. The soft lighting around sunset and warm night with loved ones was exactly what we wanted.

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

I live in Northern California but my mom and Maid of Honor live in Southern California, so I made a trip down there to shop with them. I tried on a lot of white/ivory dresses but they didn’t really fit my personality. I ended up trying a WTOO by Watters blush skirt not really expecting much because I thought I didn’t want a two-piece dress or a blush dress (because it didn’t feel very traditional). But once I tried it on, I loved it, and tried on a few variations of corset tops to create a complete look. I ended up loving the final combination. It made me feel youthful and romantic which was what I was going for. I ended up purchasing the skirt at Trudy’s Bridal because it was easier for me to pick up, and happened to find a matching WTOO corset top at BHLDN and on sale!

What were some touches added to make your wedding personal? 

We asked Chris’s niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring boy to do a reading from Dr. Seuss’s O The Places You’ll Go. What made it extra special to us was that Chris and I met at the University of California, San Diego, where the main library is named Geisel Library after Theodore Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss”. It brought back a lot of memories of first meeting Chris, and the time spent there as college kids. It was also just really fun to hear them trying to pronounce words that they don’t know. I think our guests had a good laugh too.

Also since I’m a designer by trade, I designed all the signage and printed materials for our wedding. I’ve never actually planned events so it was really nice to see the vision in my head come to life. All those hours stressing over typography and color choices were well worth it in the end to see everything come together.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was extremely memorable. Everything flowed from one event to the next and before I knew it, it was over! I remember looking out during the reception feeling thankful to all these people who have shaped us one way or another. One of the more memorable parts of our day was when we asked our DJ to play 98 Degrees’ “I Do” as the last song. We had originally asked guests to give us suggestions on songs they wanted to hear and this was one of them. We ended the day doing a slow dance with our close friends creating a circle around us and serenading us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Chris and I met in college during the summer of our junior year. I was at our mutual friend’s house cooking dinner and we had extra food. Our mutual friend called Chris over to eat and we just clicked! We got to know each other that summer since a lot of our friends either went home or were traveling. After graduating we both took up jobs in San Diego and moved in together and eventually moved up to Silicon Valley where we could both pursue our careers in tech. Chris finally proposed 9 years after we had first met. I kept telling Chris to tell me to wear makeup and dress nice, and have a photographer hiding in the bushes to document the event. But he ended up proposing on a hiking trail the second day of our camping trip in Big Basin Redwoods State Park after having not showered and in dusty hiking clothes. It was still the perfect proposal because it was the perfect place to do it, in nature among the redwood trees, just us two.

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Photography: Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Murphy Clos LaChance Winery // Florist: Fredrick James FVJ Luxuries // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Clos LaChance Winery  // Dress Designer: WTOO // Hair & Makeup Artist: Quyen Nguyen Quyen Artistry // Jewelry Designer: Ben Amun // DJ: David Gomes Sound Wave Mobile DJ // Caterer: Clos LaChance Winery

 

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Today we’re sharing Cristin and Jonathan’s flower-filled fete from planners Basic Bash Events to cheer up all those suffering through the recent Spring snowstorm. Bright peaches, pinks and blues excite in the abundant florals by Creating Atmosphere and we love the mix of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception. Ashley Crawford Photography was on hand at NOAH’s of Omaha to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We decided not to see each other until the ceremony began.  It was very important for us to see each other for the first time accompanied by all of our family and friends just moments before we exchanged our vows.  There was so much anticipation and excitement for us leading up to that moment, and it felt so special.  We also wrote our own vows to exchange with each other during the ceremony.  The vows felt very personal and genuine, and even got some laughs from our family and friends.

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

I found my dress at Rhylan Lang.  I had been following them on Facebook prior to my engagement, and I knew 100% that I wanted to get a gown from their store.  They were so helpful in helping me choose different dresses to try on and made the process very easy and enjoyable.  Going in to looking at dresses, I thought I knew what I wanted in a wedding dress: sleeves, lace, and form-fitting.  Needless to say, my dress was strapless, loose, and didn’t have an ounce of lace.  I knew I had found my dress, and so did all those that I brought along, the moment I put on the dress;  My face just lit up, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  Hayley Paige is truly an amazing designer!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Writing our own wedding vows, as well as writing the majority of the script for the wedding ceremony were really personal for us.  We also had Jonathan’s cousin as our wedding officiant, which was very special for us.  And we can’t forget to mention that we had our own craft beer that we brewed with my (Cristin’s) family on tap for all of our wedding guests to enjoy.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s hard to choose just one most memorable part of the day because the entire day was more than we could have ever hoped for in a wedding day.  It was amazing to be surrounded with love and support from all of our closest family and friends as we made our life-long commitment to each other.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a party our freshman year of college in 2009, through mutual friends.  After a couple months, we began dating.  Jonathan proposed on November 6, 2015.  We had plans to meet my parents in downtown Omahafor supper.  When we arrived downtown, my sister told us that two of my nieces had come along and they were playing at the park.  As we walked to go meet them, I noticed not just two of my nieces, but all five of them and my two nephews.  They were all holding a sign, and as we inched closer, I was able to make out what the sign said, “Aunt Cristin, will you marry Jon?”  Jonathan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

 

Photography: Ashley Crawford Photography // Coordination: Basic Bash Events // Florals and Design: Creating Atmosphere // Invitations: DesignedWithAmore on Etsy // Ceremony and Reception Venue: NOAH’s of Omaha // Wedding Dress: Rhylan Lang / Hayley Paige // Men’s Attire: Jos A Bank // Hair/Makeup: JB’s Salon and Day Spa // Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus

 

Brigit and TJ worked with Grey Collective member and planner-extraordinaire Callista & Company to personalize every detail for their modern yet whimsical Calistoga Ranch wedding. Studio Mondine‘s dreamy rose-filled florals stunned while guests took home custom labeled wine bottles placed in personalized bags, and the bride designed and printed each component of the wedding stationery. Brigit’s Monique Lhuillier dress was a dream against the rustic elegance of the redwood forests. Lucky for us, Lauren and Abby Photography was on hand to capture it all in these gorgeous film photographs.

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From the bride: We ultimately envisioned our wedding as a stylish yet relaxed affair, paying homage to our Chinese heritage, but with our own minimal and modern aesthetic. We poured our hearts into caring for our guests and the details that made our wedding personal.

We chose beautiful Calistoga Ranch in Napa as the venue for our wedding celebration and the evening began on the ranch’s meadow, nestled between pristine trees and a creek and with an autumn sunset making us feel like part of some serene painting. TJ and I love to spend weekends hiking in the majestic California redwood forests, so starting our evening on the meadow was our way of sharing this aspect of ourselves.

Lush flowers by Studio Mondine complemented the venue’s natural beauty and our signature drink added a splash of pink romance to the table. The invitation suites and other event details were also designed to be cohesive with our modern yet romantic theme. I used the classic Bodoni as the guiding elements and subtle smoke texture to add the whimsical feel across all design.

Planning & Design: Callista & Company // Event Design: Brigit.KH.Studio // Photography: Lauren and Abby Photography // Floral Design: Studio Mondine // Venue & Catering: Calistoga Ranch // Design: Brigit.KH.Studio // Cake: Branching Out Cakes // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Shuttles: Napa Valley Tours and Transportation // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Entertainment: Entire Productions // Hair & Make Up: Kenny Duy / Fellini Salon

 

 

Melissa and Jess poured themselves into the personalized details of their wedding day at McCormick Home Ranch. The garden filled venue set the spring-y tone with it’s chic rustic vibe and the couple dreamt up the rest. Melissa has a huge sweet-tooth and knew she wanted more than just a cake so their guest got enjoy an adorable donut bar by MJB Cakes complete with just-out-of-the-oven donuts in every form. Florals were by RTTO Events, coordination and rentals by My Lovely Events and the bride’s lace appliqué gown by Essence of Australia and the entire bright and sunny event is captured beautifully by Rhianna of Anna Delores Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What’s special about our wedding is that every single aspect of our wedding was completely designed by ourselves. From the custom culinary menu for the day, to handpicking each song on our playlist, to our special sign in book, to the vision that ultimately became our scrumptious donut bar, to participating in an ancient centuries old traditional Chinese ceremony, we had a say in every little detail of our wedding. That is why when some of our family and friends came up to us after the wedding to let us know that was “the best wedding we’ve ever been to, so real and full of love” we can’t help but burst with pride because it truly was a representation of us as our most authentic selves.

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

I found my dream wedding dress in an unassuming little bridal boutique shop in Los Angeles. I knew from the start I wanted a long sleeve laced dress with a slight bohemian feel to it. I was surprisingly having a hard time finding any long sleeve laced dresses until I went to this boutique shop which was my 5th store. I made an assumption there wouldn’t be much selection in this shop since I went to large bridal stores and didn’t have much luck. Little did I know, this shop was a goldmine! Not only did they have a wide variety of long sleeve laced dresses, they had the gown that I ultimately went with. It was about the 6th or 7th dress I tried on that day and I instantly knew this would be MY dress when I looked in the mirror. I was immediately giddy and my best friend who was in the shop with me said she wasn’t surprised that I chose that dress; it was very much my style and me.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Culturally, I am Chinese and it was important to me to have an ancient tea ceremony tradition and uphold cultural traditions out of respect to my parents. Jess was all on board and was very invested in getting the details accurate. We had our normal ceremony and during cocktail hour, I quickly switched out of my wedding dress into my red Chinese dress (qipao) and we had our tea ceremony in the garden. We had many interested guests standing by watching. It was such a beautiful blend of two cultures coming together for our union.

I have a huge sweet tooth so I knew our wedding had to have way more sweets than a cake! I had dreamed of a donut bar for a while and had a vision of copper piping blended into the donut bar to add a rustic touch. The donut bar ended up better than we could have imagined and the smell of freshly baked donuts lured all our family and friends to indulge in our evening sweets!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our first look was quite memorable for me. The anticipation and excitement culminated all at once for me. By the time we did our first look, I was quite ready to see my soon to be husband and eager to be near him as he always brings a wave of calmness around me. We met in a quiet, secluded clearing behind the house and I was surprised at how nervous I was walking up to him, with his back facing me. I tapped him on the shoulder and when he turned around, he immediately became emotional which sparked instant waterworks from me! I completely forgot what my makeup artist told me about dabbing the tears back to not stain my airbrushed makeup and we just hugged each other. It was a sweet and tender moment that I’ll always cherish.

For Jess it was our vows. It was nerve wracking yet significant because this was the moment we stood up in front of all our family and friends and declared the reasons why it’s us together for the rest of time.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I went to Las Vegas for one of my closest friend’s (and bridesmaid) wedding during Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. After their wedding reception, a bunch of us were still full of energy from the festivities and decided to go to the Strip to continue the celebration.  That same night, I met Jess. Turns out he was a Vegas local, which go figure, everyone I usually meet is from California. We embarked on a long distance relationship for a year before he moved to Los Angeles. All of our friends like to joke that “we found love in a hopeless place” so it was only appropriate that the ending song to our wedding was Rhianna’s “We Found Love”.

Jess took me to Joshua Tree the weekend of my birthday. We left Los Angeles on a Thursday evening and didn’t make it to Joshua Tree until another two and a half hours later due to traffic. We dropped off our stuff in our AirBnb and even though we were super tired, I really wanted to go outside just to see the stars because I had heard that the stars shine brighter in Joshua Tree and it’s a sight that can’t be missed. We walk out into the backyard and continue to walk down a trail until we stop. We peer up at the sky together and Jess turns to me and starts telling me how much he loves me and before I know it, he gets down on bended knee and asks me to marry him. One thing about me is that when I get nervous or really excited, I laugh or giggle profusely. I could not stop giggling like a little school girl and it must have felt like years to Jess before I screamed out “YES!” It was very intimate and in every way, perfect. We got to keep the news to ourselves for one day before sharing it with the everyone else.

Photographer: Rhianna of Anna Delores Photography  // Coordinator & Rentals: My Lovely Events // Florals: RTTO Events // Invitations: Minted // Venue: McCormick Home Ranch // Bridal Dress: Essence of Australia // Makeup & Hair: Blushing Beauty // Cake & Desserts:  MJB Cakes // Bridesmaids: Revelry // Catering: Conejo Valley Catering // Music: All The Above Events // Officiant: Dr. Kimber Lee Wilkes // Groom Attire: Ted Baker // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Annette and Emil met on a Tinder date and while neither of them expected to find true love—it happened—and just one-and-a-half-years later they are husband and wife. Their Norwegian nuptials took place at Losby Gods, a majestic countryside manor outside of Oslo. We’re loving the color scheme filled with punchy peach, dusty pink and soft neutrals—especially beautiful in the floral by Rosehagen. The grounds of the venue provided a gorgeous sun-kissed, forest backdrop for the celebration and some stunning portraits all captured by Mattias Bergdal.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I loved the outdoor ceremony with the flower arch and decorations. We did everything ourselves, and decorated the venue with light chains, lots of candles and flowers.

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

I teamed up with the Norwegian fashion designer and artist Nora Farah, and together we designed my perfect wedding dress! I was very involved in the process and had a lot of fittings, and it turned out to be just the way I wanted.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We wrote some fun facts about every guest on the back of the menus, to have some ice breakers for the wedding dinner. At the ceremony we exchanged our own written vows, which was very emotional and personal. We rented a photo booth which we used together with our friends and family all night!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was like a dream…but my favorite parts were our wedding vows and speeches to one each other, and of course: the first dance! We had taken a lot of dance classes and put together a very special choreography for the dance, which was so fun to perform.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met for the first time on a Tinder date, only one and a half years ago. Neither of us were expecting to find true love, but it happened! Just a few months later we moved in together, and my husband proposed to me on a road trip in Iceland. It was just the two of us, in front of an amazing waterfall, when he went down on one knee. Five months later we’re married, and expecting our first baby!

Photographer: Mattias Bergdal // Flowers: Rosehagen // Stationery: Bryllupsinvitasjoner // Venue: Losby Gods // Dress: Nora Farah // Makeup-artist: Dajana Makeup // Decorations: Festkompaniet // Chairs: Bryllupevents // DJ/Light/Sound: DJB // Bride: Annette Haga