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Leanne and Matt invited their friends and families from all across the country to celebrate their marriage at Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch. And, as the bride says, it was the “perfect setting to showcase our love and new state.” Booth Photographics captured both California and Leanne and Matt’s big day beautifully. Full of rich colors and rustic elegance, you’re sure to love this one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was special, because almost all of our guests were from out of town. My family is from Chicago and for many of them it was their first time to LA and the same goes for Matt’s family who is from New York. This was not only a special time for them to celebrate our marriage, but it was a great opportunity to show them our new home and how beautiful California is. I can’t think of a more perfect setting to showcase our love and new state than the Walnut Grove. The setting was absolutely perfect with the rows of Walnut Trees and the rolling hills in the background, our guests could not stop gushing about how incredible the backdrop was.

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

This is a funny story… my wedding dress was actually the first bridal gown I ever tried on. I knew that I had loved it right away but immediately got nervous. I had never tried on a wedding dress before there’s no way the first one could be the ONE, right? So I spent the entire rest of the day with my closest friends, my mom & Matt’s mom looking for something that I already found. The next day I went back to see the dress (which I knew would be my dress), tried in on and bam came the waterworks. It was too beautiful and too perfect for me to pass up twice.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Matt and I put a LOT of DIY work into our wedding. Everything from the table numbers to the seating chart and the coffee bean favors had hours of work poured into it. We wanted our guests to feel like we really took the time to make our day feel unique and special. We also created the entire playlist that was played during cocktail hour. When we first met with DART DJ and decided to move forward with them, we had sent them a playlist as a guide for what type of music we want played during our cocktail hour. I had no idea they were going to use the entire playlist and it made me so incredibly happy to hear so many of the songs that mean so much to us as we mingled through the crowd as husband and wife.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

There are two moments that stand out in my mind with a picture perfect memory. Walking down the aisle with Matt as soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, hearing John Mayer’s version of XO in the background, was my first clear memory. Everything else at that moment faded away with the exception of me & my new husband and John Mayer serenading us in the background. Secondly, was right after we got to the end of the aisle our fabulous wedding planner Marisa asked if we wanted to take a minute before the madness. I am so glad that she suggested we take a moment to ourselves because it was such a powerful few minutes together alone. Matt immediately started crying and laughing (and kind of looked like me when we got engaged hah) and all we could do is hug each other and say I’m so happy we just did that.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt & I met through a common friend in college. We had known about each other for a while, but it wasn’t until my graduation weekend that we were finally able to meet. We hung out all weekend with our friends and by the end of the weekend, I had told my cousin (and later to be Matron of Honor) that I felt different about Matt and that I had a feeling something amazing was going to happen. She said she could see it too. Although we lived in different states at the time, me in Illinois & Matt in New York, it was only a matter of time before Matt moved to Chicago for school and the rest is history. We got engaged in October of 2013. Matt had just picked me up from a rather stressful day of work (& I mean really stressful) and I could tell that my nerves from the day were starting to get on his nerves, he was definitely acting a little strange when he picked me up. When we got home, I walked into my apartment to a dozen red roses the cutest video montage of our whole relationship and a boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) down on one knee. It was the most simple proposal, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, because it was intimate and perfect for us.

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Vendors: Photography: Booth Photographics // Planning and Design: Marisa Nicole Events // Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch // Caterer and Rentals: Command Performance Catering // Videographer: Andrew Abajian Creative // DJ: Dart DJ’s // Vintage China: The Vintage Table Co. // Hair and Makeup: Be.NYLA // Doughnuts: The Donut Snob // Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // Floral Designer: Little Branch // Officiant: Scott Mehl // Transportation: Jump On The School Bus

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We are onto day two of sharing my own personal wedding experience. Before we jump into the big day tomorrow, I wanted to share with you my incredibly gorgeous bridal shower thrown by my three amazing sisters, and my bestie Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. Megan designed TONS of fun paper details for the big day, starting with a custom invite suite:

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The theme that my sisters, Megan, and planner Jocelyn of 1703 Event Studios came up with was “Kissing the single life goodbye!” Appropriately, everything was kiss themed and so much fun!

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Found Vintage Rentals provided a blush pink settee that was the perfect spot for me to open gifts, and Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie made incredibly cute lip shaped cake pops that were such a thoughtful touch!

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My dear friend, Lauryl Lane, did the flowers for the wedding AND our shower! She is such a talent and I was between crying and beaming at how much I loved the flowers! 

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Guests were greeted with peanut butter cup favors with wrapping that read, “Pucker up, Buttercup” on the outside.

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Megan also created a huge seating chart, photo back drop, and a mad libs style card for guests to fill in. This was one of my favorite details!! Guests were asked fill-in-the-blank questions like, “If you want to spice up your evening, I suggest ______________.” It was fun to read the variety of answers, from G to R rated! Guests also included a polaroid snap of themselves in front of the backdrop to go alongside the card. I absolutely LOVE going back over these and reading them. It is such a sweet and personal memento from the day! 

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My sisters got together with my brother-in-law to plan an incredibly thoughtful luncheon full of all my favorite treats. Each element of the food was labeled as salty, sweet, tart, etc… I think my favorite treats were the Lemon Tartlettes with crystallized lavender sprinkled on top. Whoa. 

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ONEHOPE Wine who also provided the sparkling wine for our wedding toast, brought in some bottles of their delish Brut that we used for toasting! 

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 The specialty drinks were dressed up with striped paper straws topped with paper cutouts of hot pink lips made by Bake Me a Party.

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Above, a shot of Megan, and below, my three sisters. These four gals were my Matrons of Honor on the big day!

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Above is the custom backdrop Megan designed, and below is a sweet shot of the table linens from La Tavola Linens. I’m such a sucker for black and white stripes! 

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Below is a shot of my sweet flower girl, Brooklyn! 

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Our darling friends at Fiore Beauty came and created a lip and lash bar for guests! It was so much fun!

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My mom gave an incredibly embarrassing, funny and sentimental speech! I loved it!

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I’m not sure how it happened, but I promise you there was no dress code yet somehow my entire bridal party showed up in hues that matched the theme of the day. 

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Photographer Emily Blake was on hand to capture the day! It was so much fun and I’m so thankful for such an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful day to hold in the memory of my heart!

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You can see more of the details where these images were originally feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Stationery and Design: MaeMae & Co. // Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios // Flowers: Lauryl Lane // Photography: Emily Blake // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Cake Pops: Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie // Sparkling Wine: OneHope // Lip and Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty // Rentals: Chiavari Chairs for Rent; Found Vintage Rentals; Signature Party Rentals // Paper Straws: Bake Me a Party

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we bring you some simple romance–in the form of flowers–to celebrate the day! Very special thanks to Mariel Hannah for the images and to Mint Design for the virtual bouquet!

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Vendors: Photography: Mariel Hannah // Florals: Mint Design // Model: Maddie Warren

We had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of photographer Amelia Johnson, and while her work is quickly becoming some of our all time favorite ever, her personality and zest for life somehow tops her talent. So, whenever she sends her work our way, we get a little crazy giddy!!! Today, we are lucky enough to share with you her gorgeous images styled by Kelley Cannon Events with florals (oh me oh my!) by Sweet Root Village. We are so loving the Anderson House as the backdrop, and that dress? It is from a little place called Shop Gossamer and our hearts are all a twitter with all that sparkly perfection!

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Vendors: Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography // Planning/Design: Kelley Cannon Events // Floral Design: Sweet Root Village // Bridal Gown & Jewelry: Shop Gossamer // Hair: Shana Dee // Makeup: Sarah Patch // Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop // Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy // Stationery: Miss Merkle Design // Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd. // Venue: Anderson House

It’s no secret that we’ve got a MAJOR obsessions with florals, so when you combine an explosion of botanical beauty by Floral Verde with photography and styling by Lexi Vornberg, it’s an incredibly irresistible feature!

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Vendors: Photography & Stylist: Lexi Vornberg // MUA: Kelly Ledford of Cincimakeup // Calligraphy: Signora e Mare // Gowns: Lace Bridal Couture // Florals: Floral Verde // Hair: Colleen Herman & her assistants Emma Maue & Jesse Gray of Coco Creative Wellness // Model: Sarah Dewald