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Jessica and Michael were married at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas on March 1. “It was so beautiful without any decor,” Jessica said. “It complimented our personalities with the outdoor aspect as well as the old stone house. We loved the vintage feel too. It was perfect.” Keeping with a lavender and mint color scheme, the bride wore a sweetheart trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with drop pearl earrings and a statement necklace, while the groom wore gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “The flowers were exactly what I wanted, and we did them ourselves,” she said. “It gave me such a sense of accomplishment when they were all finished.” Bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces all featured white roses, hydrangeas, and succulents. The intimate ceremony and reception of 75 guests, included the couple dedicating Bibles and passages to one another. “Walking down the aisle with my dad to meet my soon-to-be husband,” was her favorite moment. “It was like a transition into a new part of my life,” Jessica said. The perfect send-off at the end of the night wasn’t sparklers, but popcorn being tossed in the air!

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Photography: Kirsten Smith Photography | Venue: Stonehouse Villa | Event Planner: Christina Good | Dress Designer: Impression Bridal | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Stylist: Caitlin Smith of SOK Salon | Makeup Artist: Kelly McElmurry | Officiant: Ken Bramlett | Floral Designer: Houston Flower Girls | Caterer: Urban Cowboy | Cake: Central Market | DJ: Live Oak DJ | Transportation: R & R Limo | Photo Booth: Live Oak Photobooth

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Natalie and Ian were married at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, Calif.  on March 23. “We went to countless venues and loved them all, but when I walked into Carondelet House, I had the same feeling I had when I found my dress,” Natalie said. “This place is so beautifully decorated down to the last detail. It had so much character and charm from the chandeliers to the vintage art. It didn’t need additional decor to fill the space. It spoke for itself.” The bride wore a tulle fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a mint tie. Floral arrangements featured roses, plenty of succulents, and hydrangeas. After the newlyweds were pronounced husband and wife, guests were asked to toss confetti and shout hooray! Our favorite portraits, you may ask? The ones above with their pup Baxter. Mixologists created signature whiskey ginger drinks especially for their cocktail style menu, and almost every detail was handmade from the signs, glitter dipped mason jars, and feather trimmed stirrers.

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Photography: Chloe Moore Photography | Venue: Carondelet House | Floral Designer: Blossom Floral, Inc. | Dress Designer: Blue by Enzoani | Dress Store: Pebbles Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Michelle Mason | Shoes: Aldo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Theory and Dolce & Gabbana | Cake: Coco Bianca | Hair and Makeup Artist: Chevonne Moore of Goodform Salon | Wedding Bands: Felix Leon Chan

Elegant Pink Summer Villa Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 04, 2013

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Chantel and David were married at Our Savior Catholic Church and held their reception at Villa del Sol d’Oro on August 10. “The unique architecture, design, and landscaping made it perfect for an outdoor evening event on the terrace,” Chantel said. “The Villa is two-thirds scale replica of the Villa Collazi near Florence, Italy, which is said to have been designed by Michelangelo.” The couple aimed for an elegant and welcoming theme with lots of candles. The entire inside and outside of the villa was filled with thousands. Imagine that! Following the church ceremony, guests also enjoyed al fresco dining, including marinated olives and fresh-baked breads.”When we were sitting at the sweetheart table, it was one of the few times we had to ourselves that day,” she said. “We were glowing in the moment of being newlyweds and surrounded by our family and friends.” One of their favorite details? The flavor-infused bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar served as favors.

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Photography: B&G Photography | Venue: Villa del Sol D’Oro | Floral Designer: City of Commerce Flowers | Caterer: Santa Anita Gardens | Event Coordinator: Lindburgh Services and Rentals | Equipment Rentals: Lindburgh Services and Rentals | DJ: This DJ Mobile Entertainment | Makeup Artist: Kelly Zhang

Multicultural Summer Villa Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 01, 2013

Emelyn & Jorge

August 18 

San Juan Capistrano, California  

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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?

We knew it was the one as soon as we walked out to the courtyard and saw the canopy of big beautiful trees draped over the reception tables, the natural stone floor, grapevines growing on the walls, and dark hardwood floors in the casita. I could go on forever. The Villa is both rustic and chic, and nothing like we had previously seen in our search for a venue.  It’s absolutely stunning.

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

The basilica we were married in. It is one of the most breathtaking churches I have ever stepped foot in, and it’s the one and only wedding detail my husband asked to be in charge of.  Great job babe! Secondly, my Nonna’s (that’s grandma in Italian) rosary bracelet.  I lost my Nonna months before my wedding day, so incorporating her rosary into my bouquet meant a lot to me.  Lastly, using my parents lasso from their wedding day thirty-two years ago.  It represented tradition, culture, and a bond that has kept them in love for so many years.  That type of love is seldom seen these days, and I admire that.  

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

This is a tough one!  There were so many beautiful memories from that day. From my very emotional father/daughter dance having my dad scoop me up into his arms at the end of the dance, only to hand me over to my husband.  That brought on both tears of joy and laughter or sitting up at the altar, having sweaty palms as my husband and I held hands and quietly whispering to each other “we did it, we’re married!”  The great thing about having a semi-small wedding is being surrounded by family and friends who truly exude love and happiness.  It’s an out of this world feeling.

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Nat & Mike

September 10

Napa, California 

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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?

We wanted to have a very intimate wedding from the beginning (we had 40 guests). We wanted to find a small and cozy venue where our guests are not going to get lost. In addition, we got inspired by our friend’s wedding the previous year – they rented a villa in Mexico for a whole week. Being wedding photographers, we knew that the wedding day is going to fly by and loved the idea of prolong celebration and being together with our friends and family. And so we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least some of our friends and family. We looked around for a while and when we finally saw the villa in Napa it was love from the first sight.

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

1. We both knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding for the first look, and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day – just being able to hug and hold my husband to be took all the tension and stress out.

2. I loved having one long dinner table – it brought everyone together and dinner was so much fun!

3. My wedding dress – it took me a while to find it, but I still cannot get over how perfect it was! I wanted a light dress in which I’d be able to breath (it was an outdoor wedding in a 90 degree heat, and I didn’t want to have a corset ). Also, I really wanted to have a dress that I haven’t seen before on any of my brides (being a wedding photographer makes you so much pickier for your own wedding!).  I went dress shopping with a friend and decided to try on that dress mostly for fun but when I put it on we both saw that that was the one!

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

Both of us cannot stop thinking about the overall feel of the day. We wanted a wine country wedding at that’s exactly what we had. It was warm, the air smelled of dry earth, ripening grapes, and wine; all of our dearest people were there, and we felt being absolutely surrounded by their love for us.

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