Casual Engagement Photos in Los Angeles

Engagement photos are the perfect opportunity for a couple to become comfortable with their wedding photographer, with being in front of a camera, and also to have this beautiful time in their lives memorialized. Jillean and Michael met up with their photographer, Lauren Balingit, a few days before their wedding to have a casual engagement session in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, and we’re sure that these simple, sweet photos will hold cherished memories for a lifetime.

Read on for more from the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“Just a couple of days before from Jillean & Michael’s wedding, in the midst of welcoming their families and tying together last minute details, I had the pleasure of sneaking them away for some sunset photos in Griffith Park in LA. That was the first time we were able to meet and get to know each other a little bit; we talked about our faith and families, and they shared the beautiful story of how they met and fell in love.

The best thing about photographing people is just that- the people.  It’s always such a joy to get to know the stories of those in front of my camera, and it allows me to photograph them in a more authentic way.”

Photography: Lauren Balingit

04.18.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Spring Wedding Inspiration

Spring is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier about it. There is something distinctly enchanting about this time of year. It is a renaissance of all things romantic and refined, including some of our favorite flowers: cherry blossoms, tulips, and of course, peonies.

We encourage brides who are planning a spring wedding to be inspired by what nature has to offer during this time. It is a perfect opportunity to let your style reflect the spirit of the season. How better to do so than with mismatched yet coordinating floral gowns for your bridesmaids? When it comes to floral design, moodier sources of inspiration need not be forgotten all together. We love a transitional bouquet featuring bountiful seasonal blooms in pastel hues alongside subtle hints of plum and maroon.

For a cohesive look, let the season inspire other elements of your décor as well. We adore the idea of topping cocktails or tarts with springtime flowers that are as delicious as they are decorative. Alternatively, you can easily execute a spring inspired look with a watercolor escort card display, a whimsical floral arbor or a simple crown of greenery for each of your flower girls. Perhaps you might consider choosing a venue situated partially or completely outdoors. This will allow your surroundings to bestow their own natural ambiance.

In our minds, spring evokes old-world images of maidens dancing in fields, al fresco dinner parties featuring farm-to-table fare, rays of sunshine filtering through magnolia trees and gentle sheep wandering through the countryside. It makes us think of simpler times when emphasis was placed on authentic gatherings – with naturally occurring doses of color and playfulness – centered around joyful kinship. Those who appreciate this particular brand of nostalgia can embrace an effortlessly vibrant aesthetic when planning their springtime celebration.

Title Image Photography: Jose Villa | Florals: Kelly Kaufman

04.15.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Refined Rustic Wedding at Durham Ranch

We can’t quite get enough of Kate and Justin’s beautiful wedding, and are thrilled to share all of their stunning ideas with you. From the ranch setting to the rustic, raw wood accents used throughout the decor, an abundance of fresh foliage and lush white blooms, and classic black tie, the overall ambiance is one of elegance and refinement.

As originally featured in The Knot.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Consultant: Shannon Leahy | Venue: Durham Ranch | Catering: Paula Leduc Catering | Florals: Natalie Bowen | Hair & Makeup: Julie Morgan | Paper: Yonder | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Photobooth: Snap Fiesta | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | DJ: Kelsey Pavao | Ceremony Musicians: Starlite Strings Duo | Cocktail Musicians: The Easy Leaves

04.14.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

The Most Romantic Wedding Dresses from Emily Riggs Bridal

Emily Riggs holds the needle and thread behind many of the romantic, ethereal dresses that you’ve seen floating around Pinterest, and if you’re looking for a unique gown with feminine details paired with modern design, then we’re confident that you’ll find something you love from this Portland based designer.

This lush summer editorial took place just before sunset in the Portland Rose Garden (wouldn’t this be the dreamiest venue for your wedding?). You can’t help but get lost in all the pale pinks and soft ivory petals, and we love the simplistic, modern vibe complements the romantic style of these gowns.

Interested in seeing more of Emily Riggs Bridal’s gowns? View them in some of our favorite Once Wed features, like this sunset session or this unique gold bridal gown.

Photography: Mandi Nelson | Red Bouquet: Selva Floral Design | Model: Kaylee Young | Gown & Veil: Emily Riggs

04.13.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog