Now that I’ve finished up my website (finally!) I can get back to blogging! And I’ve got quite the backlog of gorgeousness to show you!
I’m starting off with a wedding that probably looks pretty familiar to you, if you’ve visited my Facebook page, or my new website, recently. It’s Emily and Jeremy! Just a word of warning: this post is EXTREMELY picture-heavy. I couldn’t pare it down to just a handful. There is just so much to show you! And because I didn’t want to explode your computer… I decided I had to split it into two posts. 🙂
Their beautiful wedding took place on a perfect day in November; the sun was shining but it was just overcast enough not to create shadows in their photos! And considering that the day before their wedding, it was pouring down buckets of rain, we were all pretty excited to see it looking so fantastic! It was a bit cool, but that just encouraged everyone to get on the dance floor and boogie!!!
Emily approached me last June, wanting the service that I now call Design+. She is a graphic designer herself, but wanted another eye to help keep her wedding vision on track. I loved her ideas from the start, of course, and we had an excellent time shopping together for lanterns to decorate the entry way to the reception (I’ll get to that in a minute)!
It’s obvious when you see the two of them together how much love Emily and Jeremy have for each other. There was so much joy in the air! And SO many gorgeous photos. Emily had assembled a fantastic team of vendors, from Chaz Cruz Photography to YES Productions and Suzan M Florals to Tailored Sweets… Really every part of the day was more fabulous than the next.
The couple decided that they didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, and opted instead for a dessert display by Tailored Sweets. Sarah and my assistant Rachael and I styled the table together, and I have to say it’s one of my favorites so far.
Of course, it might have something to do with the super sweet mini bunting I hand made for the occasion.
Or perhaps the tissue pouf/lantern display we created to hang above it (this photo was taken by Chaz as well; I just realized that his logo isn’t on it!).
Those weren’t the only lanterns we used either. In fact, when Emily and I went shopping, we purchased 35 white lanterns in sizes from 6 inches to four feet wide. Yes, four FEET. Add that number to the lanterns I already owned… And we had a party!
In fact, we used most of those 35 lanterns in the pool house, which served as the entry way into the reception. Since it was a jarring orange red (not exactly within the color palate of purple and pink!), Emily wanted something beautiful to draw the eye. My assistants and I worked for almost three hours to hang each lantern perfectly and I am SO pleased with the results. Our 35 lanterns turned into a single lantern sculpture. It looked truly stunning, especially as it got dark and the light (just above the largest lantern) lit the entire piece.
But I guess I’m getting ahead of myself again (I tend to do that with details I adore!). So I should start over. From the beginning this time. First, the dress and shoes.
And our beautiful bride.
And her flowers by Suzan M Florals. Wowza!
First looks are one of my favorite things about today’s weddings – I wish I’d thought of doing one when I got married in 2008, but they just weren’t as common! This one is simply adorable.
Look at how happy they are!
Bridal Party photos. Love them!
And then there’s the wedding ceremony. LOOK at that backdrop (hanging orchids by Suzan M Florals!). I officially am in love with ceremonies under trees.
It was officiated by a friend of the bride and groom. One of my favorite parts of it was the wine box. The bride and groom sealed three bottles of wine into the custom-made box, each one to be drunk on an upcoming anniversary (1 year, 5 years, and 10 years) along with love letters to be read on each of those years. Feel free to “awwwww!” I did.
I can’t handle this level of cuteness.
Because of where I stand during wedding ceremonies (I direct people to walk up the aisle and then am at the back), I don’t usually get to see expressions on either the bride’s face or the groom’s. I love seeing photos like this!
Sealing up the box!
And of course this next photo will be super recognizable, since I’m totally enamored of the moment. The bubbles! The expressions! The framing! Chaz, you did an amaaaaaazing job on this one.
With that expression of ultimate joy, I’ll leave you until next week, when I’ll post Part 2 of this beautiful wedding!!!
Emily + Jeremy’s Modern Handcrafted Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding Details:
- Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
- Design+, Styling: Events by Elisa
- Florals: Suzan M Florals
- Linens: Classy Covers
- Dessert Buffet: Tailored Sweets
- DJ/Emcee/Lighting: YES Productions
- Photography/Videography: Chaz Cruz Photography