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San Francisco couple Emily and Matt brought all the people they love together in wine country to share in the joy of their wedding day. Their goal to “enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country” was achieved with the help of Rue 29 Napa Valley and a simple aesthetic highlighting the stunning backdrop at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Florals are by EV Floral, the groom designed the invitations and event paper and Catie Coyle Photography was on hand to capture all the love.


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What made the wedding special and unique?

When asked what we wanted our wedding to be, we really wanted people we loved to join us in wine country to celebrate a wedding weekend in one of our favorite locations. Wine country is where we go to relax and we wanted to share that with all of our guests. The goal was to enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country. We got married in late October on a warm Friday evening, following the Napa Valley fires. Until the week before our wedding date, we weren’t sure if we would be able to stay in Calistoga or get married in St. Helena. We were so lucky and thankful that our venue and accommodations (for the most part) were still standing. We were blessed to be able to have our guests come to wine country following such devastation, hopefully bringing life back to the area.


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

Every girl dreams of the day they find their wedding dress, I was no different. Though I had a harder time making a decision. I knew I wanted something “me.” My three words I used to describe the dress I wanted were romantic, classic and structured. I found my grown at Amy Kuschel in San Francisco. I was hoping to find a dress by a San Francisco designer and was glad when I fell in love with the simple elegance of “Sugar.” I was with my mom and two bridesmaids when I first tried it on, but later came back by myself to make the final decision. Being shorter (5 feet 1 inch) it is hard to visualize yourself in dresses that you try on and are way too long and sometimes the wrong size. Once I made the decision on the dress I added buttons down the back.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and personal, with things that represented us as a couple. Matt designed our wedding invitations and the menus that were on each person’s plate as they sat down. The most personal part of our wedding was that we wrote our own ceremony, and Matt’s father married us, which was very special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Don’t know if I could pick just one. Having everyone you love in one place is very humbling. After 7 years together being able to say our vows in front of our family and friends was the best gift anyone could ever ask for. The backdrop and stage for our first dance is an image we both remember. Getting time together dancing and laughing was pretty memorable.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I met in college. He transferred to University of Colorado his sophomore year and was high school friends with two of my sorority sisters’ boyfriends. We hung out in the same circles and saw each other often. After graduation Matt moved to Chicago and I moved to San Francisco, it wasn’t until years later when he moved to San Francisco that we reconnected. We started dating and 7 years later we got engaged. We went up to wine country for a weekend away and had a relaxing time. While sitting by the pool waiting for our massages we were sipping champagne and he pulled out a jewelry box. Matt has a great sense of humor and he asked if I wanted to see what was inside. I was so excited to finally get to marry my best friend. Within 8 months we were married; why wait any longer?

Photographer: Catie Coyle Photography // Wedding Planner: Rue 29 Napa Valley // Floral Design: EV Floral // Stationery: Designed by the groom // Getting Ready Venue: Indian Springs Resort & Spa, Calistoga // Wedding Reception Venue: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena // Music/Entertainment: Ivy Hill Entertainment // Hair & Make Up: Sherrie Long // Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation


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Bride Annicka had a vision of a gorgeous southern-inspired affair. She and finace Jake simply adored the idea of a wedding full of elegant southern charm, so when they discovered Nashville’s charming garden venue, CJ’s off the Square, it was the perfect fit! The soft blues of the bridal party were complimented with reception florals by The Enchanted Florist showcasing pops of pinks and corals for a lovely end-of-summer celebration. The couple enlisted Amy Nicole Photography to work her magic behind the lens to capture all the southern details and joyful moments of their big day.

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Photography: Amy Nicole Photography // Flowers: The Enchanted Florist // Stationery: Minted // Venue: CJ’s off the Square // Dress: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes // Catering: Red Pony Catering // Bridesmaid Dresses: Glitz Nashville // Hair & Makeup: MHD Beauty // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // DJ: Premier, The Entertainment Company


Kirsty and Santiago’s wedding in the English countryside is a vision of romance in a barely-there neutral palette of grey and white and hint of peach. The grounds of the Brinsop Court  provided a lovely garden ceremony followed by a reception in the courtyard of the rose garden. Planner One Stylish Day assisted the bride in crafting perfectly personalized details included feminine florals by Wild Bunch Flowers, signage in Spanish honoring Santiago’s heritage, a customized gin bar, s’mores at the fire pit and a few nods to their pet bunny like the rabbit cake topper on cake by SK Cakes. The couple enlisted photographer Naomi Kenton  to capture all the moments of the big day and the images are absolutely dreamy!

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from the bride: Santiago and I met in London eight years ago and six years later he proposed whilst we were on holiday in Bali. Since then I loved every minute of planning our wedding, I always knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to look. Despite this I still trawled through hundreds of wedding venues across the UK. My mum and I drove for hours to so many venues but every venue we went to had so many rules, from which wine you had to serve to what time the party had to finish. We once drove five hours to one place and they didn’t even offer us a cup of tea! We never wanted a traditional wedding venue, we knew that we preferred to hire a big house for the the May Bank Holiday weekend and have our friends and family feel like they had a great weekend away – which is how we came across Brinsop Court. No crazy rules and restrictions, just one stunning house surrounded by a moat and plenty of tastefully decorated rooms for our closest friends and family to stay.

We hired the whole house from Friday to Monday and once the venue was sorted everything else followed. I’m detail obsessed and adored having so much to organize. Santiago was working in the US during the months building up to our wedding day so my parents were my biggest support in my preparations.  My Mum learnt how to make soy candles and hand poured each one of our wedding favors, she also made our seating plan out of wine corks while my Dad made sloe-gin and refurbished old barrels for the gin bar.

On the day I didn’t want to have to worry about anything nor did I want my mum running around sorting things out so we sought out the help of Louise from One Stylish Day in the lead up to the big day and the day itself. Louise’s vision was completely aligned with mine, we wanted something timeless, effortless and pared-back. Louise kept everything running smoothly and me calm (particularly when the caterers starting serving prosecco at our champagne reception!)

My second priority was a wedding video, at first Santiago didn’t want one but I can honestly say it was the best decision we made for our wedding. I searched through so many cinematographers and came across HD Moments. Months after the wedding I still watch our wedding video and advise any brides-to-be to seriously consider incorporating video into your big day if you can. So much of the day goes by without you realizing and after the vows are said it’s incredible to relive those special moments so vividly.

For our stationery we had everything hand-written in calligraphy. Our “Save the Weekend” was a leather luggage tag as we wanted our guests to pack their bags and enjoy the weekend with us. Judy Broad was an easy choice for our stationary as I had long been an admirer of her work after my bridesmaid asked her to do my hen party invitations. Our entire invitation suite was made from Khadi paper and Judy worked so hard to ensure that every letter was smooth across what is actually a very difficult paper to write on (little did I know!)

I also felt the same about Naomi our photographer, I knew that I didn’t want overly posed images and loved that Naomi shot in both digital and film. Once the main vendors were booked I started to focus on my dress. I went to several boutiques in London but nothing stood out to me until I bumped into my old friend Sanyukta Shrestha. I have known Sanyukta for years and worked on one of her very first campaigns which made the process of perfecting the dress even more special. I described how I wanted the dress to look and was blown away by the sketch that Sanyukta produced. I loved that we could make changes until it was totally perfect and more importantly all of the hand-loomed materials Sanyukta uses are ethically made and support women in Nepal.

Details were the most important thing to me. I worked endlessly to ensure the aesthetic was cohesive and that everything had been thoughtfully curated. We used a neutral color palette of grey and white with a hint of peach. I loved following wedding blogs but tried to incorporate our own way of living into our big day. Santiago’s heritage was very important to us. We had some of the signage written in Spanish, played salsa music and served Colombian Espresso Martinis after dinner. Our house bunny Bonnie is my fur baby so we had lots of rabbit accents throughout the big day including our cake toppers, ‘Bon Bon’s Bar” and our ring holder.

On the morning of our wedding my grandparents gave me half an English Crown from their own wedding day while my mum presented me with an engraved box containing my something old – the necklace that my late grandad had given to her on her wedding day. I had breakfast with my mum in the bridal suite and exchanged wedding day gifts while the boys had a barber come to their room to do wet shaves.

I had always wanted to get married outside so was really grateful that it wasn’t raining on our wedding day. But as my dad was walking me down the aisle a big gust of wind blew my veil around his leg – thankfully he managed to untangle himself and I was actually thrilled with how Justina and Greg from HD Moments managed to stylize the mishap on our video. It was a really special moment to walk down the aisle and see Santiago as I hadn’t seen his suit before and we both wrote our own vows and kept them as a surprise from each other. I was so overwhelmed by Santiago’s words I cried during my own vows!

Our reception was held in the old rose garden in the courtyard of Brinsop Court underneath a stretch tent. During the reception guests enjoyed making s’mores on the fire-pits, a gin bar and my parents surprised us with a firework display in the evening. We also took dance lessons for our first dance before the wedding day and I highly recommend this if you have two-left feet like we do!

On the Sunday we had lawn games and a big BBQ to finish what was the most perfect weekend.

Kirsty & Santiago | Brinsop Court wedding video | Fine art wedding film from hdmoments.co.uk on Vimeo.

Photographer: Naomi Kenton // Wedding Planner: One Stylish Day // Florist: Wild Bunch Flowers // Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy // Venue: Brinsop Court // Videographer: HD Moments // Dress: Bespoke at Sanyukta Shrestha // Bridesmaid Dresses: Needle & Thread // Flower Girl Dresses: Bespoke at Milly Wedding Shop // Hair and Makeup: Evie Smith // Catering: Clever Chefs // String Quartet: Cantabile Strings // Linens and Ribbons: Kate Cullen // Furniture & Crockery Rental: Options Hire // Handmade Bar: Made By Wood & Wood // DJ: Stylish Entertainment // Brides Shoes: Chloe // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Groomsmen Suits: Charles Tyrwhitt // Cake & Cake Swing: SK Cakes // Photo Booth: Vintage Booth // Signage: Thistle Paper Company // Men’s Barber: The Groom’s Day Barber Shop


Annie and Aaron hosted their Bay Area wedding at The Pearl —a lofty, artistic space that they secured for their big day before the venue was even complete! The couple enlisted the talent of Olea & Fig Studio to design their perfect day by incorporating the bride’s modern taste and the groom’s quirky vibe. The result was a beautiful, minimal modern wedding, organic but not rustic, with several personal details designed by both Aaron & Annie. Amazing greens and florals everywhere were created by The Bloomery Co., stationery by Minted & Olea & Fig, a cake by Jasmine Rae Cakes was the epitome of the couple’s vibe and lucky for us they enlisted the genius of ART IS FOR LOVERS to capture it all!

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From the Bride: We wanted something minimal but modern, organic but not rustic. After scouring through all the venues we could possibly find in San Francisco Bay Area, we fell in love with the Pearl right away even before the venue was completed and furnished. All decor, furniture and stationery were chosen and created based on the same aesthetic concept, and so are our attire and even cake design. We also picked herb names as table names ensuring that herbs were a cohesive theme through out our drink and dinner menu, along with the greenery focus floral design to echo the overall organic feel. And as we are both Taiwanese who have been studying and living in the States for almost 20 years now, we incorporated our Taiwanese roots in our desserts and late-night snacks with a new American dinner reception.

Wedding planning can be one of the most fun and rewarding projects you’ve ever done, especially when this is for you as a couple to tell YOUR story creatively! Do not be limited by the resources available to you or the categorized trends you see on publications.

We had SO MUCH FUN, every moment of it! Having a wonderful vendor team certainly gave my OCD self a completely stress-free wedding day, and one of the best days in my life!

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

Annie’s everyday style is trendy, modern and minimal, which makes the dress searching process not so easy. She basically went to all the bridal shops she knew in San Francisco, and was not able to find a simple and elegant dress which also gives that wow factor, much needed for the grand and design-y venue. BoLee Bridal Couture was her very last stop in the Bay, and as desperate as she was, as soon as she put on Atelier Pronovias’ Emmett, she knew it was the one. The silk crepe created the perfect draping and contour while the detailed design of the back emphasized the bridal modern glamour.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

(The bride was the planner & calligrapher herself). Given that the bride and groom are both originally from Taiwan, the reception was new American – Asian fusion inspired cuisine followed by Taiwanese desserts and late-night snacks featuring their favorite snacks from their childhood. All the place cards, calligraphy menus, thank you bag, table names and mirror signage were hand written by the bride & the Olea & Fig Team the for that beautiful natural vibe. Given that the bride is an ex-fashion blogger and stylist, the seating chart was scripted and printed on pieces of muslin cloths to integrate that garment component. As the groom is a coffee enthusiast, for guest favor, he hand picked the coffee beans and experimented with different cheesecloth for filtering cold brew.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The couple surprised everyone with their first dance. They started first with How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding, then with the main song being Watch Me by Silento.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Annie met Aaron during her freshman year in collage when Aaron was a senior. They were introduced by a good friend at Aaron’s house party. Aaron asked Annie to be his girlfriend the following New Year’s Eve under the fireworks in Taipei, Taiwan. They were in three years of long distance relationship after college, and were finally both in the Bay Area in 2012.

On 12/19/15, Aaron took Annie on a day trip to Point Reyes supposedly to celebrate their 9-year anniversary together. As usual, Annie always brings her video camera along to record all the trips they took together, which perfectly captured Aaron’s surprise proposal at the intimate Cypress Tree Tunnel. They then spent the rest of the day enjoying their alone time and amazing seafood by the bay before heading back to family and friends to share the wonderful news and the hilarious video that captured the perfect surprise proposal moment.

Photography: ART IS FOR LOVERS // Event Designer & Planner: Olea & Fig Studio // Coordinator: Spreading Lovely // Flowers: The Bloomery Co. // Stationery: Minted & Olea & Fig // Venue: The Pearl // Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Quis // Dress Designer: Pronovias // Wedding Dress Boutique: BoLee Bridal Couture // Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes // Caterer: LRE Catering // Videography: Cinematt Videography // Groom’s Attire: Indochino // Bridesmaids Dresses Designer Amsale // Shoe Designer Badgley Mischka // Rings: Cartier / Brilliant Earth // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals / Rion Design


Dani and Macaine’s wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards has all that down-home charm and relaxed elegance currently making the vineyard wedding so appealing to the modern couple. The couple professed their vows under a sprawling tree and continued the celebration with a family style dinner on the lawn with all of their loved ones. Coordination was by Couture Events, florals by Mulberry and Moss and paper goods by Blot and Dot.  Natalie Schutt Photography was on had to capture all the details in these sunny, joyful images.

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

When I got engaged I was on the search for MY dress. With so much at our fingertips these days via social media I went on so many pages, links, blogs, etc. I came across this dress that was so beautiful, and felt so much like me I could not get it out of my head. I had not yet heard of the designer, but discovered they were based in Australia. Originally I felt disappointment, but then began to do my homework. They had stock lists all over the world, but NONE in California. Still I wasn’t going to stop that easily. I called the designer, and told her how in love I was with the dress. She was so excited to tell me that she just began a partnership with a bridal boutique in my city and shipped the dresses to them that week! I was so excited and called the boutique and they told me the dresses would arrive that Tuesday.

Meanwhile, while all this searching was going on I had gone to different bridal boutiques and tried on many beautiful dresses. I found one that I actually said yes to the dress! It was gorgeous and I was so ecstatic about my find. BUT when I found out my online find was in my area I still made an appointment, and went in to try it on. It took me about 2 seconds to know that I had found the one. I luckily hadn’t bought the first one yet, and got to say yes to my absolute dream dress. I LOVED my dress, and most importantly felt so much like myself in it.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved getting creative, and thinking of new ways to incorporate things that were special to us.

My husband, Macaine, got ready with the boys in his parents RV on the site of our wedding. They played games, had beers, and laughed their way through the afternoon. He had a day that was so his style. Laid back, relaxed, fun, and casual. It was important to me to make sure he had a set up with his guys for the day that made him feel just as special, and excited as I would be with my girls. His mom gifted him a pocket watch that was from her father, Macaine’s grandfather who had passed away. It was one of the pocket watches he had saved to give to each of his grandsons on their wedding day. It was a very special gift for him to get, knowing his grandfather was still with him celebrating our day.

My girls and I got ready in the beautiful bridal suite at Triunfo Creek Vineyards. Playing music, drinking mimosas, and pouring love and support into one another. Some of my favorite memories of the day were getting to have that time with my girls. We each wore the robes I had gifted them when I asked them each to stand by my side as my bridesmaids.

We had a first look on our wedding day, not to save time for photos but because this was the biggest day of our lives and we wanted to feel the comfort, love, and protection of the most important person in the world to us. We were given that time to truly reflect on our emotions and prepare for the biggest commitment of our lives.

Walking down the aisle I was staring at my protector. The man who I have only seen cry once before be completely vulnerable as he was crying watching his future wife walk toward him. We view marriage as a promise under God, so we decided to have a moment to pray with one another taking communion as we were two individuals becoming one. Macaine and I wrote our own vows to one another being able to truly express our love and commitment to one another. We were not only sharing this with one another, but sharing it with the people we love and trust most. To have them hold us accountable for these promises we had made to one another.

Throughout the night we continued celebrating the marriage we had begun. We laughed as well as cried at the speeches our loved ones made. As they not only humbled us with love, but confirmed to us through other eyes why we knew we had found the one. We shoved cake in each others faces, and laughed at each others’ excitement. My grandparents led line dances to our small wedding of 230 people, and we danced the night away. Macaine is in love with dancing and I feared for my life as he came at me during the garter removal. Cheering so loud at the performance he had waited his lifetime to give. The only thoughts in my head were ‘Oh boy I love this man!’


What was the most memorable part of the day?

I think I would have to say the moment before I walked down the aisle and leading to walking down the aisle. It was such a surreal moment for me to reflect on the fact that I was about to commit my life to someone. I will never forget looking at my future husband and all the people we loved as I walked to him in the arms of my dad.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

How we met was a somewhat of a process, and makes us laugh to this day. I was in High School, and went to visit my sister at College. As we were walking to one of classes I hear this guy yell out to her to come over and say hi. It was Macaine, who was one of her good guy friends in college. I met him then thinking he was this older college guy, but didn’t think much past that. After we met then it seemed that he was at a lot of the same things my family liked to do, and would always find us to say hi. Still throughout that time he was my sister’s friend, but he began to contact me directly. I’m talking only a few times a year, just check in and see how I was doing in life. It was always a joke from my friends that he was very interested in me, but waiting for the right time. A few years went by like that, and then we lost touch completely. 5 years from when I originally met him I ran into him at a concert. We got to talking and immediately clicked again. We both had to go as we were with other groups, but he asked if he could take me on a date when we got home and I said I think that could work. My phone got stolen at the concert, and about a week later I was able to get a new one. Two months went by, and I logged on to my Facebook page which I rarely checked. I found a message from Macaine saying he had tried to call me, but didn’t get connected. He left his phone number, and said to give him a call if I would let him take me on a date. I reached out to him and we set a date. Let’s just say from there there was no more disconnection. He was the best man I had ever met, and was always nothing but a gentleman. My life was forever changed.

Macaine has a family friend that owns a high rise in Long Beach. He had told me that this particular family friend was having a big birthday at the building, and gave me the date. I put it in my calendar and went on with my day. When that day came around we decided to go to dinner before and show up a little late to the birthday. We went to a beautiful steak house and had a wonderful date night before the party. We then drove over to the building, got out of the car, Macaine grabbed the gift he had got for him, and walked inside. We took the elevator up and got off at the top floor. We then had to go up a few stairs to get to the rooftop. We were mid random conversation as I was expecting to walk into a family friend’s birthday party. When we got to the top of the stairs and walked up to the roof I stopped and was very confused. I thought where is everyone? Did we get the date wrong?! Then I saw the path of flower petals and candle leading to bench. I was in total shock. Honestly I have never felt so speechless in my life. I looked at Macaine, and he just smiled at me. I was then realizing what was happening and had an extreme wave of excitement, love, and amazement! My future husband walked me to the end of the path, looked at me, and recited an amazingly thoughtful speech going over why I was the love of his life, and many other things but honestly there was too much excitement to remember. He then pulled a little box out of the present bag, and got on his knee. Nobody can explain the feeling you get at this moment, but it was a moment I will never forget. My best friend proposed to me and I said YES! He had photographers hiding and capturing it all. We then got to take some photos with them on the roof. They recommended we go down one floor to take more in this cool room. I was in La La Land, and said sounds good. We walked down one floor and opened the door and there screaming their hearts out were our closest friends and family! We got to celebrate and feel the love of the most important people in our lives. I married a good one ladies. He made my fairy tale come to life.

Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography // Coordination: Couture Events // Florist: Mulberry and Moss // Paper Goods: Blot and Dot // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor-Designer: Made with Love // Videography: Amari Productions // Catering: Above All Catering // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Desserts: Beverly’s Bakery // Veil: Elle Bridal Boutique // Hair and Makeup: Blushing Beauty // Grooms and Groomsman custom suits: Grooms Grotto // Groom and Groomsman Ties: My Tie Shop // Entertainment: Luxury Entertainment Group, DJ: DJ Rich Martinez  & Band: Westsiders // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box