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Braiden and Tom were married at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 15. “The day flowed nicely from one event to the next as guests moved from the equestrian center to cocktails at an adjacent log cabin and then back to the prized horse stables for dinner,” Erin of Veira Photographics said. The bride wore a breathtaking blush mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button down, black blazer and bow tie, and jeans (yes, jeans!). Bridesmaids even went casual with cowboy boots.  The Ralph Lauren-inspired reception was decorated with rustic farm tables, table runners, centerpieces filled with roses, dahlias, and berries, and crystal chandeliers above. “The couple used a motif of flying pigs throughout the decor too to add a special personal touch as well as a bit of lighthearted humor,” she said. You’ll spot our favorite one on the cake!

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Venue: The Club at Las Campanas | Event Planner: Santa Fe Soiree | Floral Designer: Marisa’s Milleflori 

Rustic Outdoor Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2013

Julie & Thinh 

June 11 

Simi Valley, California

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From the photographer: “Julie and Thinh’s wedding took a place in an opulent venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. It was a very laid back and beautiful wedding. Julie and Thinh DIY a big portion of their wedding. They designed and printed invitations and thank you cards. Their friend Jannie Nguyen (creative designer for Pottery Barn) helped them with the wedding concept, which was simply elegant with a rustic touch. Julie borrowed a gorgeous gown from her close and generous friend. The dress fit her perfectly, and it was as she envisioned. Her shoes were elegant and blue.

There were couple surprises at the wedding. Julie’s dad surprised her with a diamond necklace, which she absolutely loved. Her husband Thinh had something coming too. When Julie was getting her makeup done, the best man came in to visit her and pass her Thinh’s special gift. It was a love letter and a small jewelry box. Julie opened the box and inside was Thinh’s late grandma’s earrings, which were passed through generations. With an excitement, Julie unfolded Thinh’s love letter and she broke in tears and happiness while reading it. 

It was a breath taking moment right before the ceremony. Their pastor asked to pause, take a deep breath and look at all the friends that came from all over the world to celebrate their beautiful wedding. It was a truly tear filled moment.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair

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Pink Vintage-Inspired Summer Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 21, 2013

Rachel & Austin

July 7 

Snohomish, Washington   

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The natural beauty. We loved that the venue was in the valley. There was so much natural beauty with the cascade mountains in the background and beautiful fields all around. It was so gorgeous! The reception area’s doors slid open so our guests could wander from outside to inside and enjoy the scenery. It was perfect.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our favors – vintage looking skeleton keys whose teeth were bottle openers.

2. Our vases – Austin and I spray painted an assortment of mismatched vases from the goodwill in dover white. We used them for all of our centerpieces and down the aisle. Every table was different but the same!

3. Our photo booth – We had a wooden photo booth set up outside where our guests could pose and take pictures. We created a hashtag so they could upload them to Instagram to share. Those were fun to look at!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The whole ceremony was magical. From the moment we were greeted by two monarch butterflies just before walking down the aisle to the part where we said “I do” and sealed our love with a kiss. It was full of so much emotion. It will stick with us forever!

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Intimate Turquoise and Yellow Fall Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 15, 2013

Holly & Dan 

October 20

Phoenix, Arizona 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was available! My original venue had to cancel my wedding 12 weeks prior due to event restrictions. Talk about anxiety! We had people traveling from all over the country and thank goodness I did my own invitations because I hadn’t yet printed them.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Shoes

2. Brooch

3. Flowers

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Reading my vows. Dan and I decided to write our own vows, and although, I was very reluctant at first because I was nervous, I am so glad that we did. I’ll remember that moment forever. 

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Rustic Navy Blue Outdoor Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 12, 2013

Kathleen & Jorgen 

July 6

Sausalito, California

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From the photographer: “Kathleen and Jorgen’s wedding was beautiful! The Headlands Center for the Arts didn’t disappoint, and the grounds provided amazing coastal backgrounds. The ceremony took place under a huge eucalyptus tree overlooking fog-covered hills. The reception was close-knit and food was done family style inside the Mess Hall. Kathleen was so detail oriented, and she wasn’t kidding when she told us that she ‘DIY’ed the bejezus’ out of this thing! We always love brides that have awesome Pinterest boards and impressive timelines on Google Drive. Kathleen and her sisters made all of the bridal bouquets, homemade jam, and other details on display.” — Christian Ericksen of e & b Photography

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