julie & scott at spanish hills

Happy anniversary to Julie and Scott!  This weekend marks one year of marriage for these two (and I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we helped them celebrate their Spanish Hills Country Club wedding day).  Just a few favorites to wish them many more beautiful anniversaries to come (they’re also in the most recent issue of WeddingWire’s e-magazine!).

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coordination // all occasions event planning
venue // spanish hills country club, camarillo
officiant // rabbi barry tuchman
wedding dress // allure bridals
cake bakery // siblings bakery
hair + makeup // bliss bridal beauty
floral design // floral designs by roni

terra cotta & lace wedding inspiration

Any day I get to collaborate with Vanessa Noel Events, Stella Bloom Designs, and MJB Cakes is a damn good day.  Whispering Rose Ranch is a relatively new wedding venue and it was delightful to visit and flex our creative Santa Ynez wedding photography muscles a bit.

Vanessa had a terra cotta chiminea that had broken after years of use, but she just couldn’t part with it (though she wasn’t sure what kept her holding on).  So she held on to the fragments and knew she’d find a great way to use them eventually.  Aaaaand our inspiration shoot was born!  Vanessa was inspired by the aged texture and layers of color in the broken shards and decided to add another element by gold leafing the pieces for a hint of metallic.  The concept behind this shoot was to layer warm tones without a lot of color contrast, but with multiple textures.

We’re also on 100 Layer Cake today!  And here is my own personal collection of favorites.

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photography // anna delores photography
styling // vanessa noel events
floral design // stella bloom designs
cake + desserts // mjb cakes
furniture // pretty vintage rentals
tabletop // borrowed blu
hair + makeup // blushing beauty
dress designer // kelly faetanini
invitations // alissa bell press
menswear // ralph lauren
venue // whispering rose ranch
dress shop // love and lace bridal salon
moroccan pillow // pottery barn
calligraphy // jamie ellen paperie
lanterns // pottery barn
jewelry // 31 bits

surprise proposal in malibu

The very sweet Jared and Diana were visiting Malibu from Calgary, Alberta for a friend’s wedding.  They decided to make a mini-vaycay out of it (and why not?!), and Jared sneakily decided it was also perfect timing for him to pop the question to Diana.

He got in touch with me, informed me of his scheme, and got me in on the planning.  I scooped up some balloons (at Jared’s request) en route to the Malibu Pier, where we planned to meet and I would pretend I needed “test models” to hold my balloon bundle.  I fake-wandered over to the couple (Jared had sent me photos so I’d be able to spot them) and asked the unsuspecting Diana if she’d mind holding the balloons for me for “just a minute, so I can test my lighting.”  That’s when Jared turned to his longtime girlfriend, pulled a little box from his pocket, and got down on one knee.

I am a HUGE fan of proposal photos and I think it is a wonderful forethought to invite a photographer to commemorate the special moment of surprise.  Please contact me if this sounds like something you want to plan, too!

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location // malibu pier