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Leanne and Nick’s big day is a backyard wedding with a twang. Married in the backyard of their historic 1910 home known as “The Farmhouse” in downtown Santa Barbara, they wanted to keep with the theme of their favorite sentiment “Home is With You” and maintain the “backyard” welcome feeling throughout their celebration. Planned and designed by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events, everything from the curated craft cocktails, locally sourced ingredients, vendors all dressed in denim, the local entertainment and custom details all created an atmosphere of family, friends, and a truly beautiful love story. Florals are by Riley’s Flowers, event calligraphy and signage by Ranchera Letters, and metal signage by J. Woeste are stunning and all the details are captured beautifully by Rachel Solomon Photography.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged!

From the bride: “Boy next door meets girl next door; after being neighbors for over two years on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, and multiple near misses with mailboxes while checking each other out while driving down our street, we were finally formally introduced by our dear friend Suzie Clark. She was convinced we would be the perfect pair. Following our first date (where we closed down the Boathouse restaurant), we both had the feeling that we might have just met “the one” (especially when Nick showed up in cowboy boots). Beyond just our general outlook on life we shared many similar interests including our love for Montana, running our own companies, country music, and best of all…fly fishing. Our instant connection was deep, natural, and real. Being around each other – even right from the start – felt like home. 6 months after we met we were engaged! Nick proposed in Montana on Whitefish Lake where we now have a little cabin together. Leave it to Nick to propose on his birthday, because he is the most giving and selfless man I know. He said ‘Marrying you was the greatest gift of all. That’s why I proposed on my birthday. And I knew I’d never forget the date!'”

Leanne and Nick spend a lot of time at their home in Montana where they love to fish, hike, bike and explore the great outdoors. But their true home is Santa Barbara and it is here where Leanne and Nick both run their businesses. Leanne has owned and operated a boutique, luxury, vacation rental company since 2005 and Nick owns and operates a Water Well drilling business in town – hence the handsome muddy cowboy boots! Leanne is very active in local philanthropy. Nick is an avid surfer, outdoorsman, successful business man, and is becoming a pilot.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Guests arrived to craft cocktails from the Good Lion Bar featuring honey from Montana (Leanne & Nick’s favorite summer getaway) and fresh herbs and citrus from their own garden. All served out of Leanne’s daughter Lila’s actual Lemonade Stand and the back of a vintage truck featuring their theme, “Home is with You.”

At the ceremony, the large 100+ year old oak tree served as a remembrance of Leanne’s father who has passed, complete with photos, prayer beads and his favorite fishing hat.

The Groom’s boutonniere featured “flies” from his favorite pastime, and made as a child fly fishing in Montana, the bridal bouquet featured a locket photo of her father. The Groom’s ring is vintage and belonged to Leanne’s father.

Leanne & Nick wrote personal vows to exchange under the eaves of their front porch.

 

The cocktail hour and reception were filled with twinkly lights and the warm glow of torches as guests sipped cocktails and dined on cuisine from the Catering Connection featuring locally sourced greens, pistachios, strawberries, locally baked artisanal breads, Watkins Ranch grass fed beef and cage free chicken, and McGrath Farms butternut squash.

“I Only Have Pies for You” Pie Station featured organic local ingredients in each homemade pie by the Bakery Farmstand in Los Olivos. The guests feasted on multiple slices insisting on trying every traditional flavor!

The invitations featured a hand illustration and watercolor by Moment Maps and were hand calligraphed by Ranchera Letters.  Ranchera Letters also created all of the custom paper and chalkboard signage including the bar menus, “Soulmates” runner and the beautiful dinner menus at each setting.

Leanne worked with Ranch Gear to create custom embroidered denim jackets for herself, Nick and Lila featuring the “Girl and Boy Next Door” sayings since they met as neighbors while living on the Mesa in Santa Barbara.

The Bryan Titus Trio and DJ Jon Harris kept the guests dancing all night under the stars and even planned a special bouquet toss where during the countdown, all of the ladies melted away so Leanne’s (single) grandmother could catch it!

The night ended with take away cold-pressed hangover-cure green juices from Leanne and Nick’s favorite juice guru, The Juicy Life.

Lila’s dress was created from Leanne’s old wedding dress from her wedding to Lila’s father.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography // Planning Coordination & Design: Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events // Flowers: Riley’s Flowers // Invitation Design: Type A Creative // Letterpress: Folio Press & Paperie // Calligraphy & Calligraphed Signage: Ranchera Letters // Custom Watercolor Images & Map: Moment Maps // Dress Designer: Olvi’s // Wedding Dress Boutique: Panache Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Brianna Stewart // Lighting: Spark Creative Events // Vintage Truck: Vintage Truck Rental // Bar cocktails: The Good Lion Bar // Catering: The Catering Connection // Pies & Cobbler: The Bakery Farmstand // Custom Denim Jacket Embroidery: Ranch Gear // Custom Metal Signage: J. Woeste // Band: The Bryan Titus Band // DJ: JSH Music // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Otis & Pearl Vintage Rentals // Guest gifts “Hangover Cold Pressed Green Juice”: The Juicy Life  // Shuttles: SB Limos // Officiant: Randall Day // Rehearsal Dinner: Cold Spring Tavern

 

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A stunning warm-hued palette with punchy coral accents shines in Shirley and Jason’s wine country wedding at Cornerstone. No detail was left untouched in the event design by Going Lovely—from the round calligraphy signage Blush Type Design, to the custom wedding crest, to the oversized escort card easel to Twigss Floral Studio‘s incredibly romantic arrangements and accents oat every turn. Fresh, joyful casual elegance radiates throughout the garden ceremony followed by the lantern-lines, round white tent reception. Lucky for us,Lori Paladino Photography was on hand to capture all of smiles and special moments of Shirley and Jason’s big day!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Jason and I LOVE going out to eat and trying new restaurants, so having really good food at our wedding was a big priority for us. We loved our caterer, Sage Catering. They helped us come up with a customized farm to table style menu, which featured many of our favorite foods such as an heirloom tomato and burrata salad, herb crusted hanger steak, pan roasted sea bass, and Bellwether ricotta ravioli.

We also had Hog Island Oyster Co. shuck fresh oysters for our guests during cocktail hour. It was a huge hit and I think that our guests really loved that we didn’t have a typical wedding menu.

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

I found my Vera Wang Nisha gown at Glamour Closet in San Francisco. They sell designer samples off the rack, and had a great selection in my size and within my budget.

One of my best friends picked this dress out for me to try on. I had my reservations because it was mermaid cut, strapless, and ivory — I had always pictured myself in a white A-line dress with sleeves — but I was quickly reminded that you don’t always know what you want. It was important to me that my dress fit my personality, and I loved that the front was classic and conservative, while the back — with big bows, tulle, and silk flower details — was unique and fun!

Having a good friend with me who knew my personality and style, who would give me her honest opinion, and who pushed me to take a few risks was so important, especially since this was the first place I went to and I bought my dress that same day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We recently added our puppy, Kingston to our family and one of our ceremony readers recited a passage titled “How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog” by Taylor Mali. It was fun hearing our guests laugh along with us because it really was so relatable!

We love wine, so we knew we wanted to get married in wine country.  For our table numbers, our planner collected wine corks over the course of several months and used them to display our table numbers in brass candlestick holders. I thought that was a fun and pretty way to incorporate our love of wine.

I loved the custom watercolor crest our wedding planner had designed for us. It was incorporated in our invitations, day of signage and stationery, and she even got us customized corn hole boards for the cocktail hour lawn games that we took home as a keepsake and for future entertaining!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jason and I hadn’t really talked about our vows before the actual ceremony, so hearing his made me tear up. Wedding planning did not bring the best out of either of us (even though we had a great planner!), so it was special to me that both of our vows described why we love one another and that we both love our differences more than anything else.

Seeing all of our friends and family in one place was also so special! It was very surreal, as a lot of memories would come to mind with each familiar face I saw. More than anything, our wedding reminded me how lucky Jason and I are — we have so many great people in our lives, more now than ever as we’ve combined our makeshift families.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

In true Silicon Valley fashion, Jason and I met online through an app that connects you via mutual friends! We hit it off on our first date, and soon after we were exploring new restaurants, discussing pop culture, traveling, and meeting one another’s friends and family.

Jason proposed in Shanghai during our trip across China. It was very special because he’d arranged for both sets of our parents to be there with us to celebrate before we headed off to Beijing as an engaged couple!

 

Photographer: Lori Paladino Photography // Event Planning: Going Lovely // Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio // Venue: Cornerstone // Caterer: Sage Catering // Make Up Artist/ Hair Stylist: Beauty by Chau Nguyen // Videographer: Alex Win Studios // Cake Artist: Susie Cakes Marin // DJ: One Final Touch // Beverages: Mills Wine Group // Party Rentals: Bright Event Rentals / Encore Events Rentals // Linen Rentals: La Tavola // Signage: Blush Type Design // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Miami couple, Giselle and Jordi, brought their big Cuban families to South Carolina to celebrate their nuptials. WED planned a stunning event at Brays Island Plantation including an outdoor ceremony highlighting cultural traditions against scenic backdrop. Following was a personalized reception dripping in greens by Ooh! Events—we’re talking greenery on the light fixtures, suspended greenery wreath chandeliers and modern planter arrangements everywhere. Green letterpress and calligraphy invitation are by the bride and A Fabulous Fete, and a triple tiered chocolate-on-chocolate fudge cake is by Brenna Chiaviello. Photographers-extraordinaire Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay were behind the lens capturing all the details in these striking images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose to get married at Brays Island Plantation in South Carolina. The location itself holds a lot of significance to us and our family. Over the course of our relationship, we traveled there many times to celebrate holidays and special occasions. We are from Miami, so bringing our big Cuban families to a remote island in South Carolina created a special, intimate ambiance where people really felt like they could relax and enjoy. We were heavily involved in the planning of the wedding – I am talking every single detail, so our unique style and personality was all over it – our personal favorite was the triple fudge chocolate cake.

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

On my first day bridal shopping, I fast forwarded through all the stops, and went straight to the mecca of Miami bridal, Ever After (EA).  I tried on a ton of dresses, and was starting to feel a little discouraged because nothing felt right. As I was finishing up, EA owner, Camille, brought in a dress from the “back room”  and it was love at first zip. With Isabel and I, it was a real “meet cute.” She was a modern take on classic vintage – unlike anything I had ever seen before. From the cap sleeve hand applique chantilly lace, to the double row buttons down the back…I was sold. People always say “you’ll know” when it’s the right dress for you, and that was exactly my experience. Vera Wang is the queen of bridal. It was an absolute dream come true to wear one of her gowns.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Does a donut after party count? Honestly, everything about it was personalized, but our “hora loca” (crazy hour), a common tradition among Hispanic weddings, takes the cake – speaking of cake, did I mention our triple fudge chocolate cake? Jordi and I are old souls, so we took a common Hispanic wedding tradition, and traded in the salsa for oldies jams. Seeing guests of all ages breaking it down jams like “Louis Louis” and “Brick House” was an epic, sweaty masterpiece. Oh, and did I mention there were hats. Really funky hats – like umbrella hats.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Do I have to pick just one? Our first dance to “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters was pretty magical. We dated for 10 years before we got married, and we knew for a long time that would be our song, so it was pretty awesome to finally live that moment. But honestly, the most memorable part of it took place on the dance floor. Our friends and family truly brought their A game. The love we felt from our people was overwhelming. Unlike anything we had ever felt before. Ending the night with powdered donuts in the piano room, singing Billy Joel just topped it off. We really just had the time of our lives.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met as highschoolers while on vacation with our families in the Dominican Republic. Despite constant adult supervision, we hit it off right away. We reconnected back in Miami and have been together ever since. Our relationship took us from Miami to Tallahassee, Florida where we both attended the Florida State University. Just after celebrating 10 years together, Jordi popped the question at a beautiful dock with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Our love for the outdoors has always played a huge part in our relationship, which is exactly why Brays was the perfect destination for our wedding.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Planner: WED // Florals: Ooh! Events // Paper Suite Design: Giselle Macias (the bride) // Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Venue and Catering: Brays Island // Hair: Meg Workman // MUA: Dannon K Collard // Dress: Vera Wang // Paper Printing: IBA Paper Goods // Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston // Reception Music: Lucas the DJ // Rentals: Ooh! Events / EventHaus  / Amazing Rentals // Cake: Brenna Chiaviello

 

Paige and Ben have the amazing recreational sport of dodgeball to thank for their romance. When they got engaged, the couple, who are both from Northern California originally, immediately knew they wanted to get married in the wine country. The bride’s vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” They let Chateau St. Jean “do most of the talking” and personalized their day with modern yet timeless touches like gathered florals by Charlotte &Daughters and a show-stopping four-tiered cake by Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes. Planning was by Alicia K Designs and all the lovely details are captured in these photos Kreate Photography.

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How did you meet? 

We met in San Francisco in 2011 when we both joined the same dodge ball team while trying to meet new people. I asked him out a few months later and knew almost immediately that he was the one. In the past 6+ years, we’ve moved to New York and back to California again and traveled a ton.

Did you have a specific theme/vision in mind for your wedding day? How did you come to pick your color palette?

I work at Instagram doing Communications/Public Relations so have done a fair amount of event planning in my career and I had a pretty clear picture in my head of what I wanted. Ben works in finance, but has a very strong sense of style so his input made a huge impact on the final aesthetic of the wedding.

My vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” We wanted it to feel modern yet timeless at the same time, and we wanted the venue to do a lot of the work for us.

I’m a big fan of cool colors such as gray, blue, and green, which played nicely into the “natural” theme. We were able to keep the colors soft, cool, with pops of warmth and color here and there. I did a lot of research on Pinterest looking at different color combinations, and basically combined a bunch to come up with our own. The final palette combined those blues and greens in the form of silver/olive/sage, with blush and crème and a pop of marsala.

What is your proposal story?

Ben proposed when we were traveling in Iceland. On the 3rd day of our trip, we were exploring some of the natural sites, and while I was standing on top of a crevice in the earth where the Northern and European tectonic plates meet, Ben got down on one knee. It was completely surreal. We immediately found a gas station that would sell us a bottle of champagne to begin celebrating. That night, we stayed at a beautiful hotel in the middle of nowhere and watched the Northern Lights dance and move across the sky. It was magical. The rest of the trip we spent exploring while brainstorming our dream wedding. We ended the trip in Copenhagen where we did more exploring and celebrating. It was perfect.

Photography: Kreate Photography // Wedding Coordinator: Alicia K Designs // Florist: Charlotte &Daughters // Save the Dates & Name Cards: PS Paper // Invitations: Bella Figura // Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy (via Etsy) // Venue: Chateau St. Jean // Dress + Suit Designer: Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Suit: Beckett & Rob // Shoes + Jewelry: Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: rings inherited, earrings Overstock.com // Hair And Makeup Artist: Eliza Dougherty (friend) // Cake/Desserts: Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes // Guest Gifts: DIY // Catering: Park Avenue Catering / The Tomales Bay Oyster Girls // Wedding Rings: Genevieve Lau Jewelry // Ring box: The Mrs. Box

 

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