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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.

Julie and Chris from fritzyfied2 on Vimeo.

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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Anika and Jonathan’s Santa Cruz wedding was a friend and family affair. Held on the property of close family friends, the day was filled with gorgeous garden party details and florals all designed by the couple’s friend and florist Joann Moritz. Anika’s father built the ceremony arch that was decked out in stunning florals, friends decorated the pool area with floating candles that stunned after dusk, and the ceremony music was also performed by a couple dear to the bride and groom. Anika had this piece of advice “…allow the people who love you to help you.” The help of all the couple’s talented friends and family, as well as their love for eachother is all captured beautifully in these images by onelove photography.

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We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, and not too scheduled. Part of what made it feel so special was that it was put on with our friends and family. All the event and floral design were done by our wonderful family friend Joann, and the venue was actually the home of our close family friends–somewhere that we really grew up together. We went to elementary school and high school together and now work for the same company, so the wedding felt like a coming together of our community in Santa Cruz. So many of our friends came early to help set out decorations and tables–we couldn’t have done it without everyone!

My college roommate and her husband played and sang for our ceremony music. I was in her wedding 6 weeks before ours–having somebody to go through the planning process with was amazing.

The arch was built by my father, with a lot of help from friends and neighbors. He’s a physicist and can’t help over-engineering everything he does–he built several prototypes before settling on the final form of 3 nested arches made of willow branches cut from our friend’s farm. Some of my parents’ neighbors came to help him execute, and our event designer filled it all in with the most beautiful floral.

We focused on creating different spaces with the lighting–the cafe lights over the main dancing area and another set over the dinner tables tied everything together and made it feel more intimate.

One of my bridesmaids took charge of decorating the pool area–she figured out a way to put floating candles in the pool, and it was so magical when it got dark! We even had little candles floating in hurricanes along the pathways.

Our stationery was a collaborative effort–Joann drew the main house at the venue, my Bridesmaid Maggie designed the invitations, and we put a little of our own handwriting on.

A fantastic piece of advice I received far too late in the process was to allow the people who love you to help you. Not necessarily because of the burden it removes from you, but because they want to be a part of bringing the day together. I was so afraid of asking too much of people, but they were so happy when I gave them a way to contribute and bring the day together (and it helped with my stress too!)

We had pizza delivered at 9pm–this was a lifesaver. We were luckily able to find ONE pizza place in Santa Cruz that would deliver to the venue. Not the fanciest late night snack but at that point nobody really minds.

None of the groomsmen knew how to tie a bowtie. I should have suspected, but they were pretty much stuck! Luckily, the 21-year-old son of our friends who own the venue knew how, and he tied 6 bowties in quick succession and saved the day!

Photography: onelove photography // Day of Coordination: Sonia Gosline, E Events Co. // Event Designer: Joann Moritz // Florals: Joann Moritz, Juliet’s Garden // Stationery Design: Maggie Bignell and Joann Moritz // Stationery Printing: Sentinel Printers // Venue: Private Residence, Santa Cruz CA // Dress Designer: Willoby by Watters for BHLDN // Makeup: Jillian Wilkey // Hair: Tara Murphy, Salon on the Square // Dessert Bar: Kelly’s Bakery // Caterer: Jorden Richardson, Savory Events // Videography: Per Jerner // DJ: Joe Williams, Santa Cruz DJ // Groom’s Attire: Theory // Lighting: Woodworm // Rentals: Alexis Party Rental

 

Kelly and Zac’s wine country barn wedding is an absolutely vision of beauty in the hue of lavender. Grey Collective member Kaella Lynn Events designed a masterpiece of casual elegance with florals by Amanda Vidmar Designs stealing the show at every turn. Invitations were created by the couple’s friend, designer Tim Praetzel, fabulous signage from Brown Fox Calligraphy adorned every attraction and Honeycomb Designs cake was definitely the icing on the gorgeous reception. Lynette Boyle Photography was on hand to capture it all in these lovely fine art photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique​?

Coffee and milkshake bar + see question about personal touches-our venue, (which turned out to be the best thing that could have happened!!) was the perfect combination of my tastes (rustic/barn) and Zac’s (modern/airplane hanger)

We love swing dancing and practiced for 6 months to surprise our guests with a choreographed dance to start the party

Cake represented Zac’s photography

Stayed in one big house with our bridal party and got to spend the entire weekend with our closest friends/family

Guest book was a photo book of Zac’s pictures

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

Christina’s Bridal in Andover Massachusetts. I had a trip planned to visit my sister so my mom flew out so we could all go shopping together. On the flight over I was scrolling through Instagram and stumbled across a picture of this Hayley Paige gown. My sister and sent it to each other at the exact same time but didn’t have time to talk because my flight took off. By the time I landed my sister had snagged the last appointment at the only salon in Boston that sold her gowns. AND she was having a trunk sale. Meant to be!

I knew I wanted a short dress for the reception but once I found this dress I didn’t want to take it off!! So I purchased a short tulle skirt (from Bliss Tulle) and had a tailor cut my dress in half, add the short skirt and create a removable skirt out of the Hayley Paige gown.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

​-We wanted as many of our friends and family to be involved as possible in our big day.

-Our friend designed our invitation suite

-Our friend Adam Friedman sang processional songs

-Our best friend was our officiant

-My dad sang our first dance song

What was the most memorable part of the day?

-We didn’t do a first look so seeing each other’s reactions as I waked down the aisle and being able to share that moment & experience with all our guests

-Close second: jumping in the pool in our wedding clothes with our bridal party

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in high school and dated for 8 years (3 long distance). Zac proposed by making a movie and filling the movie theater with 45 of our closest friends and family.

 

Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography // Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Floral: Amanda Vidmar Designs // Invitations: Friend of couple Tim Praetzel // Venue: K Venues // Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: by Bill Levkoff from Bella Bridesmaids // Groom’s Suit: custom by J. Hilburn // Ties: Love Lilly Lane // Cake: Honeycomb Designs // Signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Table # Holders: Esselle // Tables and Tabletop Rentals: Theoni Collection // Chairs and Rentals: Encore Event Rentals // Water Glass: Glassybaby // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Lounge: Pieces by Violet // Ceremony Guitarist: Adam Friedman // DJ: Truthlive // Catering: Culinary Eye Catering

 

Ellie and Steve’s wedding day  is a testament to “letting the venue shine” with edited details that showcase the white-washed black-and-white patina of  The Oxford Exchange. Greenery and florals are by La Vie en Rose and an adorable tiered cake is by Chocolate Pi while Everence Photography was behind the lens capturing all the moment from getting ready to the Rolls Royce get-away.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Honestly, our wedding was so special and unique because of the dancing!! One of the things I kept saying prior to the wedding was, “I really just want everyone to dance!” I have a family full of former competitive dancers (myself included), as well as a group of friends that are always down for a good dance party. I’m not lying when I tell you about 10 seconds into the first song of the night – we had a full dance floor. The floor stayed full until the very end! Dancing with all sides of the family as well as our closest friends truly was one of the best moments for me.

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

My gown was Stella York (style 6291) and I found it at Something Blue Bridal in my hometown, Bradenton FL! I have lots of amazing females in my family so I went with a crew consisting of my mom, two aunts, two grandmas, one sister, three cousins, and my best friend – between the eleven of us we were able to find the most beautiful gown in the store!! It was a nude-ish a-line (“moscato” was how it was described) with delicate beading. It had a tulle bottom and the waistline was so flattering. It truly felt like “classic glamour” meets “modern hipster,” which couldn’t have been more me. I loved it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of my favorite personal touches was our exit! Growing up, my parents would often end the day with a night-time drive through the beautiful parts of our hometown. My siblings and I would jump in the car with our dogs, blankets, and hot cocoa, and by the end of the drive, we were calmed (and maybe sometimes asleep lol). This “night-time drive” is something I’ve shared with Steve and our dog and we love it. On the night of our wedding, we left in a vintage Rolls Royce and cruised through the most beautiful parts of Tampa – Bayshore Boulevard, downtown, etc. We sipped champagne and looked at all the views. It was such a peaceful and truly glamorous end to the night. I still think back to how beautiful that drive was!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was when my husband and I were officially announced as Mr. & Mrs. Thomas! This started off our reception. We were preceded by our bridesmaids and groomsmen, who are truly my favorite people in the world. The DJ played a song that Steve and I have loved since the day we met (Tongue Tied by Grouplove). He had known I liked the band and had used the song as an excuse to come talk to me and eventually, ask me on a date 5+ years ago! Listening to this fun and sentimental song with my husband as we were celebrated by friends and family truly brought tears to my eyes. It was surreal.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Steve and I are both from the same hometown. We were two years apart in school but had mutual friends. The summer before I started college, I met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. It was a Monday and we are from a small town so the list of things to do was rather short. We ended up at the bowling alley with our friends! Neither of us are avid bowlers, so we sat on a friend’s truck bed outside and talked and talked and talked (or maybe I did and he just listened). Once we left that night, I knew had a new great friend – little did I know, I had also found my husband.

We dated for five years after that – through undergrad, grad school, moving home, adopting our first pup, moving in together  – we did everything together. On Valentine’s Day 2016, we spent the day at Rosa Fiorelli (a local vineyard) eating meats and cheeses and tasting wine. When we returned home, he asked me to marry him in front of the beautiful Manatee River (with our pup alongside). The rest is history!

 

Elizabeth & Stephen // Wedding Highlight from A Peachy Life Productions on Vimeo.

Photographer: Everence Photography // Florist: La Vie en Rose // Venue: The Oxford Exchange // Videographer: A Peachy Life Productions // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. // Cake: Chocolate Pi // Cocktail Music: Strings Attached // Dress: Stella York 6291 from Something Blue Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

 

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