Romantic Earthy Wedding by Jose Villa

Brianne & Brien’s Sunstone Villa Wedding from Living Cinema on Vimeo.

When it came to pulling together the fine details of the day, the couple enlisted the help of wedding planner Alexandra Kolendrianos. “Alexandra was incredible,” says the bride. “Our wedding would not have been as wonderful without her.” Brianne found most of her big-day inspiration on Pinterest. “It was my best friend from the moment we got engaged!” she says. After a quick brainstorming session with both Alexandra and Mindy Rice of Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design, Brianne trusted that their visions were aligned. She says, “They completely understood the style and vibe. We really wanted the venue to speak for itself and create a feeling around that.” For the flowers, the bride wanted a collection of muted, earthy tones with a fresh, romantic feeling.

Brianne opted for a body-skimming column of ivory lace of Claire Pettibone, a designer that perfectly captured the ethereal, not-too-girly femininity she desired. “The Claire Pettibone flagship store is right in Los Angeles and I ended up falling in love with the first dress I tried (out of 10 styles),” says the bride. To satisfy the fashion leanings of her 9 attendants, Brianne turned to the cult label Stone Cold Fox to design custom-made silk dresses. “I was most concerned about finding bridesmaid dresses that had traditional elements but weren’t cliche,” says the bride. “Stone Cold Fox came to mind because their aesthetic is one that I love and wear everyday in my life: relaxed, bohemian, and never cookie-cutter.” After settling on a palette of pale pink, rose and peach, they designed three different shapes: off-the-shoulder, scooped back and strapless, all sharing a common hand knit lace bodice.

We’re super excited to share a glimpse at the Winter Spring 2013 edition of Pacific Weddings magazine with you. It’s officially available right now as an iPad + iPhone download and hits newsstands nationwide on January 15. The cover features a gorgeous bouquet of roses by Mindy Rice captured by photographer Jose Villa from a real wedding in Santa Ynez, California. Brianne Braly married Brien Beach in September 2012 at the Sunstone Winery & Villa Estate (story details/ vendor credits below).  If you can’t wait until January 15th, you can download the Pacific Weddings Winter Spring 2013 issue to your iPad + iPhone now! 
Photography: Jose Villa // Location: Sunstone Winery & Villa Estate, Santa Ynez, California // Wedding Coordinator: Alexandra Kolendrianos // Floral Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design // Invitations: Lazaro Press and Design // Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone // Bridesmaids Dresses: Stone Cold Fox // Entertainment: The Blue Breeze Band // Caterer: Duo Catering & Events // Lighting – Images By Lighting // Hair: Sheila Stone // Makeup: Juliana Landis // Ceremony Music: Vincent Zorn // Officiant : Jon Ireland // Rentals: Town and Country Event Rental // Videography: Living Cinema

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01.15.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Alder Manor Vintage Wedding

So dreamy, right? When Bryce Covey sent over the wedding of Donovan Baddley and Becka Citron, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Becka owns an adorable store in NY called Modern Anthology. Alder Manor was an abandoned Yonkers estate built in the early 20th century before the Irish American cultural organization bought it from the city and restored it.

This vintage wedding is such a refreshing mixture of nature and glamour. Alder Manor provides the perfect backdrop against the sparkle of her Jenny Packham Eden wedding dress and beautiful vintage wedding jewelry. Are you planning to incorporate any vintage wedding elements for your wedding?

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue: Alder Manor // Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham // Flowers: Ariel Dearie // Cake + Desserts: One Girl Cookies // Doughnut: Doughnut Planet // Catering: Chef’s at Work // DJ: DJ Goldteeth and Lord Easy // Makeup: Anita Nouryeh // Jewelry: Vintage Costume from bride // Engagement: Doyle + Doyle // Flower Girl Dress + Gold Shrug: Tutu Du Monde

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01.14.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog



Davina+Daniel are fine art wedding photographers who are known for traveling the extra distance- literally. Together, the duo has over 100 weddings from around the world under their belt. With such experience and talent, it’s no wonder they were included in Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 10 most sought-after wedding photographers of 2012. Davina+Daniel’s intimate and documentary style allows them to create wonderful imagery with depth and emotion. Every photograph is a moment capturing the meaning of family, celebration, and love. Be sure to check out their website for a more in-depth look.

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01.14.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Knotted Chignon Wedding Hair Tutorial


I’m excited to see what 2013 for weddings especially if it means bringing back the chignon. We teamed up with hair and makeup extraordinaire, Jordan Byers, to bring you a wedding hairstyles for long hair twist on the classic chignon.  Scroll down further to see the complete tutorial for wedding hairstyles for long hair. Enjoy!

Here’s a simple twist….with a twist! (Well, knot, really.) Here’s the step-by-step of each image:

1. Pull hair into a low pony tail.

2. Section hair into two parts: about one third in one section and two thirds in the other.

3. Twist the larger section into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

4. Smooth out the smaller section and pull it up loosely over the bun–secure the middle of that section to the top/base of the bun leaving the tail loose.

5. Separate the tail into two equal sized sections and tie them together once like you would at the beginning of tying a bow or shoe lace.

6. Wrap around and pin down the rest of those tails underneath the bun.

Ta-da! A simple yet chic updo for your very long hair.

Photography: Tec Petaja // Hair and makeup: Jordan Byers // Styling: Joy Thigpen

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01.11.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured