Simple and Chic Tuscan Inspired Wedding

Our wedding day and the days that led up to it were so filled with the love and support of our family and friends creating a memory I’ll never forget. I wish I could name a favorite moment but every single part was so special to me.

When we began planning I knew I wanted to have an intimate wedding that truly focused on our love and the love that came before us. I keep a painting that my great great grandfather painted in Denmark in my room and I knew I wanted our day to feel like that painting, peaceful and full of nature. I wanted to be able to share the painting with our guests without hauling a 100+ year old painting to our wedding so when I was designing our invitations I decided to incorporate it in to the design. On the opposite side of our invitation was a small print of the painting so our guests could have their own copy as a memory.

We considered doing a destination wedding in the beginning to keep that small intimate feeling but I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way than we did now. It was so wonderful having all of our friends unite in our home town to celebrate our wedding at one of our favorite places, the Gallo’s gorgeous Tuscan inspired restaurant Galletto Ristorante. It fit perfectly with the simple old world herb scented environment we both envisioned getting married in. The chef so kindly worked with us to include delicious herbs in all of the family style dishes right down to the basil lemonade.

My sweet friends spent the day before the wedding picking lavender and rosemary and then we all gathered together to make the bridesmaids bouquets the morning of the wedding. The best surprise was when a friend who is a florist showed up with huge white peonies after I thought it was too late in the year to find them.

One of the sweetest memories of our wedding for me was Kyle’s two gifts. The night before he gave me an antique robe that had been his grandmother’s from Korea for me to wear while getting ready. Then, while I was getting ready, his best man delivered my second gift, a first edition copy of I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson with the most beautiful note written inside. When Kyle was in Africa during his time in the Peace Corps I read and cherished my library copy of I Married Adventure, so it really brought it all together that today really was my day to marry adventure, the love of my life.

As my mom and dad walked me down the aisle to the song that Kyle picked out, “Angel” by Jack Johnson I was taken over by my happiness and excitement as I saw Kyle’s smiling face waiting for me and all of our loved ones watching me make my way down to commit our lives to each other.

My childhood minister who I always wanted to marry us came out of retirement and made the trip up from San Diego to perform the ceremony, which was something I never thought would actually happen and was so extremely happy that it actually did. My other favorite moment of the day was when Kyle’s brothers performed “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMoris which was what finally pushed me over the edge to tears (something I guaranteed would not happen) with their beautiful performance.

The rest of the night was so perfect in every way… from cutting our rosemary wrapped dream cake and eating the amazing mints my grandmother hand made for us to our crazy fun family dance to “Moondance” by Michael Buble. It was everything I had hoped for and more!

It means so much to me now hearing stories of how much people enjoyed our wedding day and how they’re still enjoying a piece of it with their homemade rosemary California sea salt favors.

As a wedding photographer I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to let go and experience the day in its entirety but thanks to my wonderful photographers, Brumley and Wells, I never felt the need to grab my camera at any time during the night and instead I am able to cherish all of my memories and now, their photos. When I look at the photos, I’m ready to marry Kyle again and again. Nothing can beat sharing the best sort of memories with your best friends.

Ceremony & Reception Site: Galletto Ristorante http://www.galletto.biz/ | Videography: Rumble Cinematography http://rumblecinematography.com/ and Echo Media Productions http://www.echomediaphoto.com/ | Officiant: Reverend Mary Beck | Gowns: Bride: Lazaro from Bridal Galleria San Francisco http://bridalgalleria.com/ and Bridesmaids: BHLDN http://www.bhldn.com | Hair and Makeup: Done by bride | Shoes: Madden Girl | Wedding Rings: Brides: A Jaffe Grooms: Benchmark | Necklace & Earings: Pearl necklace gift from grandfather | Formalwear: Groom and Groomsmen’s suits from Express http://www.express.com/ | Invitations: Made by bride http://www.bungalow.etsy.com | Stationery: Made by bride http://www.bungalow.etsy.com | Flowers: Lavender Hollow Farms http://www.lavenderhollowfarm.com/ with Assistance from Flowers Studio | Catering: Galletto Ristorante http://www.galletto.biz/ | Music: http://site.soundsinmotiondj.com/ and ceremony music preformed by grooms brothers Kevin & Kody Fliflet | Cake: Shal Singh-The Pastry Queen https://www.facebook.com/shalthepastryqueen | Favors: Rosemary Sea Salt made by family

 

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07.29.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Ben Yew Photography

BenYew

Like most photographers, Ben Yew started out because he wanted to take beautiful pictures. However, along the way, he realized that weddings and engagement sessions were not only about capturing beauty, but they are also a time to bring out the “finest moments” that a couple shares. By catching candid and tender moments on film, photographers are able to capture a brief moment in time where two people feel like they are the center of the universe. Ben and his team of photographers and cinematographers love being there to photograph intimate moments between a couple that truly demonstrate the love they share.

Ben Yew Photography is known for it’s outrageously gorgeous natural light photography. They seek to capture open spaces, luminous portraits, and the natural surroundings that help portray the real emotions of the couple rather than staging them. Ben and his photography team love capturing timeless images for couples who are looking for soft and natural images that portray the real moments between a couple. Rather than getting caught up in the details of a wedding, they work to create images that remind couples about their love and the vows they made on their wedding day.

Ben Yew Photography is available for pre-wedding, wedding and engagement sessions in Australia and around the world. We are deeply in love with Ben Yew’s style of natural light photography and encourage you to visit their website to see more of their beautiful photography and cinematography work!

07.29.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

French Countryside Wedding

We were over the moon when we saw that one of our favorite London-based film photographers, Aneta Mak Photography, sent us this breathtaking destination wedding that she recently shot in Provence, France. Her work is always inspiring and each image has a fairytale-like quality, and this wedding was no exception- filled with incredible light and warmth.

Aneta took advantage of the soft natural light from this French countryside to capture truly amazing images of this lovely couple on their wedding day. From Aneta: “And the light, oh the beautiful golden light – these are the occasions that are made for good old-fashioned film photography – full of rich detail, the soft pastel colours, the ethereal moments.” We agree with Aneta, these photographs simply glow.

This enchanting wedding was held at Christian Dior’s old summer home in the South of France, Chateau de la Colle Noire. The Chateau is just a drive away from the sweet mountaintop villages of Semillons and Fayence. This fabulous Chateau in Provence looks like an absolute dream or something out of a movie. We love the stunning shots of the rolling hills, lush gardens, and vast vineyard. Chateau de la Colle Noir simply looks like an absolutely ideal place to get married, and this lucky couple picked the perfect photographer to capture their wedding day.

Photography: Aneta Mak | Flowers: Tiggy Johnson

07.26.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Natural Brow Beauty Tutorial

Brow

Getting the perfect natural eyebrow shape is one of the most difficult beauty tricks to master. Luckily, we have Amy Clarke in our corner to show us how to effortlessly shape your brows and use make-up to enhance their natural shape!

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We Used:

-Tweezerman Slant Tweezers

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencil in “Carmel”

-Spoolie Brush

-Angled Liner Brush

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in “Medium Brown”

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality in “Camille/Sand”

-Senna Concealer Brush #12

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Step by Step:

1. + 2. Brush eyebrow hairs up to expose the natural brow line.

3. Using a tweezer, remove any unwanted hairs from below and above the brow line.

4. Using an eyebrow pencil one or two shades lighter than the hair color, follow the natural brow line underneath, from one end to the other.

5. Apply the pencil liner on top of the eyebrow, starting from the center, and then working your way back to the ends of the eyebrows, meeting the line that you created on the bottom. This would be an appropriate time to create a slight arch on top of the brow.

6. Using a spoolie brush (The Brow Wiz pencil has one built in), brush the liner up into the brows, blending any harsh lines.

7. Apply brow powder, or a matte eye shadow, with an angled brush to fill in the brow and set the color.

8. Apply a cream concealer or highlighter, just under the entire brow and on the top outer edge of the brow. Blend using a concealer brush.

9. Add a coat of clear brow gel, to secure any unruly hairs.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Hair + Makeup: Amy Clarke 

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07.25.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured