Relaxed Autumn Vineyard Wedding

It may be cold, dreary and dull outdoors now, but winter means we’re starting to see fall weddings roll into our inbox. This relaxed autumn vineyard wedding from Ben Christensen make us want to snuggle up with a blanket and a nice bottle of wine outdoors. Keep reading for more from the bride about her beautiful fall wedding.

From the Bride:

Erik and I met at a dive bar exactly two weeks after I landed in San Francisco from New York City. I know neither of us were expecting much out of the night by way of romance (the theme that night was “Booty Bassment”), but the unlikely locale ended up setting the scene for a rather fateful evening. Erik walked up to me and introduced himself and we ended up talking for the rest of the night. He called (called! not texted!) a few days later to ask if he could take me out; he was a total gentleman. About two years later we were engaged.

We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have the wedding in northern California. It is where our relationship had began and grew, plus it is insanely beautiful. Erik is from Michigan and I am from North Carolina, so we knew many of our guests would be traveling long distances to attend. For that reason, we set out to make the entire weekend as organized and enjoyable as possible – we wanted our friends and family to really feel like they were on vacation.

Planning began with choosing our venue, which ended up being the most difficult part of the entire process. I swear the Bay Area has one billion amazing (albeit expensive) places to get married. Fortunately, we were already friends with our wedding planner, Gillian Shenon, as she had been my sister’s roommate the year we got engaged. Gllian helped us navigate city vs. wine country vs. redwoods vs. seashore. We wanted to make logistics as simple as possible for our guests, so it seemed like the city was the best answer, until we saw…Campovida.

Campovida is an organic farm and working vineyard in Mendocino County about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. I am telling you there is no place more beautiful, nor run by more kind people. The day we signed with them, Anna, the owner, cut us a bouquet of asparagus right from the garden. She also let us taste lots of wine, of course. 

After securing the venue, finding the rest of our vendors happened quickly and naturally – it honestly felt more like stumbling upon new friends. I saw some of our photographer Ben Christensen’s work online, was stunned, realized he lived in California, and immediately called him. We met our incredible florist, Ellen Kyle, through a close mutual friend, and after one meeting, I knew I could trust her completely to just do her thing. We were led to Vinnie Esparza, our DJ, by a couple we met at a party, and Gillian hooked us up with our caterer Sage. A coworker told me about Kim at Bright Room Studios for our invites, as well as Cathy Haebe our cake baker. I was even able to convince our band, Windy Hill, to help me plan a surprise serenade for Erik.

Erik and I were so impressed with everyone’s professionalism and attention to detail. All of our vendors went above and beyond, and we feel so indebted to them for pulling off such an amazing event, as well as to our family and friends for providing so much love and support. The weekend was perfect. We didn’t know we could be filled with so much joy and gratitude.

Photographer: Ben Christensen | Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Campovida, Hopland, CA Wedding Planner: Gillian Shenon | Caterer: Sage Catering | Floral Design: Ellen Kyle| Cake Design: Cathy Haebe, kneadtomake | Band: Windy Hill | DJ: Vinnie Esparza | Makeup/Hair: Meaganne McCandess | Bridal Dress: Nicole Miller| Reception Dress: Reformation | Bridesmaid Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Groom’s Suit: Canali  | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bride’s Wedding Ring: Gabriela Artigas | Groom’s Wedding Ring and Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Erin Diane  | Invitations and Day-of Paper Goods: Bright Room Studio | Save the Dates: Paperless Post

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12.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Find your Dream Dress from Madison James

A few weeks ago, we shared a little about the 2015 Madison James Bridal collection, and we’ve been so excited for their trunk shows all over the country! If you haven’t had a chance to see these stunning designs in person, there’s still time!

In the coming months, we’ll be working closely to style the absolutely beautiful Madison James Bridal collection. The 2015 Spring Collection has blown us away, and we simply can’t get enough of the ethereal designs that are flawlessly paired with vintage silhouettes. Madison James gowns are perfect for the modern bride who is looking for a wedding gown that will stand the test of time and that she can pass on for generations to come.

Delicate and romantic, the Madison James spring lookbook includes designs that have been inspired by vintage textiles, lace, intricate floral embroidery, and classic wedding silhouettes. Whether you’re looking for a full ball gown, or a more form-fitting design, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect Madison James wedding dress for your dream wedding. Visit Madison James to see their full collection of wedding gowns, and keep coming back as we reveal more of their 2015 Spring Collection!

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12.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Morning Sunrise Boudoir Session

We’ve seen some truly beautiful boudoir sessions this year, and this stunning morning sunrise session from Kimberly Seabury and Rebekah Carey of A & B Creative is no exception. We love the idea of going outdoors on the morning of your wedding to soak in your last moments before walking down the aisle. Keep reading for more on their inspiration for this elegant boudoir session.

From Rebekah of A & B Creative:

The concept of a sunrise boudoir session on your wedding day is incredibly apt and a beautiful way to document your last moments before becoming a bride. It also offers you a way to stay present in these special moments of solitude before the wedding day begins. Rising early on your wedding day to capture these moments ensures that you will take the time out of a day of busyness to think about the weight of what this day will bring and offer quiet moments of reflection.

Vintage pieces: Gossamer Vintage | Photography: Kimberly Seabury  | H&MU: Beth Level | Model: Marlie York | Creative Direction and Styling: Rebekah Carey of A & B Creative

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12.17.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Modern Black and White Manor Wedding

We’ll never tire of seeing beautiful black and white weddings. Black tie weddings are classic, elegant, and absolutely timeless. Black looks wonderful on everyone, and a groom looks that much more handsome in a white dinner jacket. Keep reading to find out where the couple found inspiration for their wedding!

From the Couple:

The wedding day was planned with a modern & vintage look in mind. We really wanted to embrace the Edwardian aspects of the manor, but put our own inspirations to work to represent where both of us come from. This ranged from the music we chose, to the brides’ maid dresses/bridal dress, to the liquor we selected, the types of flowers on the stationary, and finally, to the overall vision we had in mind – everything tied back into who we are.

In addition to our personal representations, we had hand picked everything from the decanters for wine & table liquor, to hand crafting the table numbers, invitations, liquor menu, seat guide, hairpiece, and finally, to having a custom dress made. It was a lot of work to bring it together, but it meant a great deal that it came together the way we had envisioned it.

As for the day itself – it turned out to be wonderful weather in a normally rainy month of September. We could not have asked for more ideal circumstances, and it was a pleasure to have our wedding at such a gorgeous (and important) heritage building.

Photographer: Adrian Michael Photography | Florals: Bride and bridesmaids | Calligrapher: Bride | Hair Styling: Chandara Nhoeuk | Makeup: Sheila Pham | Paper Goods: DIY | Venue: The Hycroft, Vancouver BC | Rentals: Provided by Hycroft | Wedding Dress: Designed in collaboration by bride and friend Alison from Manuel Mendoza | Grooms Suit: Asos | Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos

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12.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog