Romantic California Wedding Ideas

When planning their romantic California wedding, Alana and Kristopher knew exactly what they wanted to focus on: an intimate dinner party with a simple, timeless, romantic vibe. Having worked in the wedding industry, the bride knew that the most beautiful weddings to look at and be a part of are not those that follow ideas from the latest trends or mimic what other people are doing. Instead, the most wonderful celebrations are those that have a sense of authenticity to them. She says, “I’ve seen people make decisions based on current wedding trends, only to end up regretting it a few years later. We wanted each decision we made in the planning process to feel thoughtful and true to us.” Read on for more from Alana about their beautiful wedding day that checked off every important box on their list (plus, we love that this wedding features several of our Once Wed Preferred Vendors – the florist, stationer, and photographer can all be found on our Preferred Vendor list!).

From the Bride:
“Immediately after Kristopher and I got engaged, we started talking about what we wanted our wedding to feel and look like. The Cass House was our first choice as a venue, one reason being we wanted to treat our guests to the best meal the central coast has to offer (I think we did- our guests are still raving about Jensen’s fare)! The grounds of the historic home also created the perfect backdrop for our vision. Grace and Jensen Lorenzen at The Cass House were amazing hosts and made the weekend absolutely perfect. Our bridal party stayed at the inn all weekend, and it was a great way to spend time with our best friends before the wedding day. It was also special that our venue was located in the small town of Cayucos, across the street from the beach where Kristopher first asked me to be his girlfriend, and then proposed five years later.

I chose a color scheme that was neutral driven with bold, seasonally appropriate color in florals and bridesmaid dresses. Kristopher is a brilliant art director & designer, and he created the perfect monogram for us. He then designed all of our stationary around it, including invitations, table numbers, our seating chart and more. It perfectly suited us- minimal, classic, clean. A father-figure in my life who makes amazing wine provided all of the red wine for our wedding and a friend laser printed the bottles with our monogram in gold foil. One of my best friends was a bridesmaid as well as our florist (while seven months pregnant) and put life to my vision for the day. Instead of doing a guest book where people just sign their name, we had Krisotpher’s sister take photos of all of our guests with an instax polaroid camera, and the guests signed the white strip on the polaroid! It was so fun, and the photos are something we will cherish forever! A dear friend of ours played ‘Here Comes the Sun’ on the guitar while I walked down the aisle, and Kristopher’s best man sang and played guitar while we took communion together during the ceremony. Kristopher and I gave the first speech to welcome our guests and introduce our bridal party, and my father-in-law said a prayer for our meal. It was very sweet to see and hear these little touches throughout our wedding day that made the event so unique to us. One of my favorite memories was receiving a bottle of perfume on the morning of our wedding. Kristopher had my maid of honor deliver it to me while I was getting ready. He had picked out the scent himself, for me to wear that day, so we would always be reminded of our wedding day when I wear that scent in in the future. We are so thankful the O’Malley’s captured our event so perfectly, we will always remember the moments we shared with each other and with our loved ones on our wedding day.”

Vendors: Photography: O’Malley Photographers |  Wedding Planning & DesignAlana Weaver | Wedding Coordinator: Grace Lorenzen | FloristApril Flowers SLO |  Invitation CalligraphyLa Happy Design | Invitation Printing: Evolution Press, Seattle  | Hair/Make-up: Danielle Roberts |  Cake: Cass House | Venue: Cass House | Catering: Jensen Lorenzen at Cass House | Dress: Sarah Seven – http://www.sarahseven.com | Veil: The Dress Theory  | Ring: Tiffany & Co.

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

Wedding Invitation Ideas from Shine Wedding Invitations

If you’re planning a summer 2015 wedding, chances are, this is the perfect time to check “wedding invitations” off your task list. Shine Wedding Invitations  is our newest sponsor, and we’re excited to show off what they offer for couples!

Shine Wedding Invitations has just launched their new 2015 collection, which features 17 beautiful designs. Suites have a complete set of enclosures and matching collections items such as save the dates, programs, menus, place cards, thank you cards, and so on, which makes your ordering that much simpler! We also love the option of personalized belly bands and envelope, which you can add to your invitation suite to bring in an accent color or pattern to design a suite that’s uniquely yours. It’s the perfect way to show a little personality at the same time as giving your guests all the info they need.

So, how to get started? First, check out their wedding invitations to get an idea of what you like. Then, you’ll work with a Shine Wedding Invitations designer one-on-one, who will help you every step of the way in creating your personalized suite and making sure that you’re not forgetting anything. They even offer guest addressing to give your envelopes a professionally finished and elegant look!

Even better, Shine Wedding Invitations offers each couple:

  • Free Sample Set – Like them on Facebook for a free sample set (value $8.50) that includes the invite of your choice as well as a sample of luxe papers and color charts.
  • Free Shipping over $500 – Free shipping on orders over $500 (for a limited time). No code needed – free shipping will automatically apply if you add $500 of stationery to your cart (US delivery only)!

Helpful tip: Not sure what your wedding stationery timeline should be? Shine Wedding Invitations suggests that your invites should be mailed 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding. Be sure to add in some buffer time for you to get them post-office ready and out-of-state mailing!

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02.28.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

EXTENDED! Wedding Pictures Giveaway from Lucy Cuneo

Beautiful wedding pictures are something that every bride wants. And lucky for you, we’re giving away a HUGE photography package from one our favorite photographers, Lucy Cuneo Photography! All you have to do is leave a comment below!

The Prize from Lucy Cuneo
• 8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage, shot on film
• Prints of all images and USB drive
• Couple’s shoot the day before the wedding
• Online gallery and print ordering

This package is worth a whopping $6500! And we just know that the lucky winner is going to be one happy bride or groom!

Lucy is a destination photographer and would love to travel wherever the winner is located. All travel fees and accommodations for the photographer and her assistant outside of South Carolina will be paid in full by the winner; travel and accommodations will be booked by Lucy. View more of her work here!

How To Enter:
Simply comment on this post (or if you’re shy, emailgiveaway@lucycuneophotography.com), with your wedding date, location, and a little about your love story!

*A standard wedding photography contract will apply. Additional hours of coverage, prints, albums and USB drives are available at additional cost that will be provided in advance and upon request.

The competition will close for new entries on March 6, 2015. A final four will progress to phone interviews with a winner announced on March 23, 2015. Good luck!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING!

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02.27.15 / Contests, Featured

Behind the Scenes: Wedding Floral Design

We’re always thrilled to share the results when creative wedding professionals come together to explore their beautiful crafts. This incredible collaboration between the floral masterminds at Saipua and Lucy Cuneo Photography is completed with organic florals that we’re excited to share with you today.

From Lucy Cuneo Photography:
“This past December, we had the great privilege of tagging along with Sarah from NYC’s Saipua to record her creative journey from start to finish.

Clinging to a steaming cup of tea, we cracked open the taxi door and stepped out into the icy Manhattan gloom — it was 7am on a Friday morning in deep December, but already the flower market was jumping. We peered across the street wondering where to begin our coverage of the city’s famous flower district. A familiar face popped out of a nearby shop and we were greeted by Sarah, the creative energy behind Saipua.

For an hour we did our best to keep up with Sarah and Deanna as they weaved purposefully across their familiar beat, gathering and loading great quantities of beautiful flowers into their van. Clutching our cameras tightly for fear of depressing any petals, we traveled among the stems to their Brooklyn studio where we recorded Sarah turning potential into glorious reality. On the Saturday we joined the team at a stately Manhattan venue and shot the table settings fully formed, such an incredible experience!”

 

Vendors: Floral Design: Saipua | Photography: Lucy Cuneo Photography

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02.26.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured