Can’t say enough about these two. Not only did I find out we were neighbors (we live on the same street!) but I found out what truly selfless, loving, hard-working people Garrett & Ashley are. They asked me about 100 times if I needed anything on their wedding day! They are going to be the best parents to their newborn girl! Here’s their lovely & quaint Al Fresco wedding. I’m a huge sucker for timeless details that tie together, luscious florals, cuuuute flower girls & ring bearers, unique head tables, & sweet sweet people ;).
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Alex & Tori's wedding took place in Pismo Beach, back in the beautiful rolling hills on a crisp December afternoon that fell close to Christmas day. Their wedding was winter-inspired, yet it glistened with the warmth of the Christmas season. Love this perfectly elegant wedding - one of my winter favorites!
Tori & her girls looked absolutely stunning at her Aunt's private estate before the wedding. Wilder Floral Co. did a beautiful job creating the perfect bouquets of red, white, pink, & green. Tori: "I chose the richness of the color red for my bridesmaid dresses because, well, I have never seen anything more elegant than beautiful women in red dresses."
Tori: "When planning the decor for our wedding I wanted as many evergreens as I could get my hands on, beautiful red, pink, and white flower accents, and the elegance of the color gold sprinkled throughout. The 80 foot cedar garland that was hung behind the head table was one of my favorite aspects of the decor. It was just so beautiful against the gorgeous wood panel wall! Additionally we had numerous Christmas trees decorated with the pine cones that my mother and aunt were so sweet to hand decorate with gold glitter."
Their guests found their table by picking their personal ornament off of a pine tree, & documented their attendance with polaroid cameras provided next to the guest book before the ceremony. Melody Ann Clark Design created their gorgeous, hand-crafted invitation set to match the day.
Tori: "During our first date freshmen year of college we made pancakes and talked for hours, despite it being finals week. We discovered we shared a passion for travel and proceeded to write out a list of all the places we wanted to go. On our wedding day, I gave him that list and a journal to document our life to come. And he got me a travel album, mentioning it was for the places we had talked about 4 and a half years ago. We both laughed with huge smiles when we opened our gifts."
Tori: "With the desire to have a honeymoon in a warm location, we decided to get married during the winter season, & chose December 27th! Reflecting back on the day, I think it was the perfect time of year to have our wedding. After spending our engagement in a long distance relationship, there was nothing sweeter than becoming husband and wife during a season characterized by togetherness, cheer, Christ, and family! (And the fact that it was also the season of snuggles, hot chocolate, evergreens, and Christmas lights was just the icing on the cake!)"
"The ornaments that hung from the chandelier in the barn - the one that we danced our first dance under - contained dried petals from the very first flower bouquet that Alex ever bought me. Four and a half years ago, I saved the petals. So when we danced for the first time as Mr. & Mrs., they reminded us of the beautiful journey it took to get to that day. And gave us hope & endurance for the beautiful road ahead. And so it went. He asked me to marry him, and it was the most joyous day. Ever."
natalie schutt photography // photog. assistant: looking glass photography // venue: thousand hills ranch, pismo beach // event design: lisa coon // floral design: wilder floral co // makeup & Hair: makeup amanda // cake designL nicki occhipinti // videographer: trevor hooper films // bridal dress: Ania collection // bridal shoes: BHLDN
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Where do I even begin. First and foremost, this day was absolutely breathtaking — and if you took all the design aspects away — it would still be just as breathtaking. Aside from all the stunning florals, pretty dresses, and unbelievable view on top of that rolling hill overlooking the ocean and Big Sur, it was about a marriage. The uniting of two completely unique individuals in God’s unconditional love.
Man, my absolute favorite part, and I will tell any bride to focus on this, was seeing Matt’s face at the end of the aisle. The man I did a double-take at when I met him in college. The man that selflessly loved me through all the ups and downs of growing eight years together before he got down on his knee and said his life wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t spend mine with him. After capturing weddings for 4 years now in the industry, Matt & I finally got to feel all the wonderful moments that we’ve watched my brides & grooms feel through our camera lenses, and it couldn’t have been more real to feel. The anticipation of our wedding was incredible: we kept thinking, in 3 days, it’s going to be US!
I designed my dress from scratch, and surprised my mother & new mother in law by creating it out of both of their wedding dresses. My cap sleeves were in fact the beaded wristlets from Matt’s mother’s dress, and the lace florals were from my mom’s. It had a plunging V in both the back and front, a tight skirt & slit to show off a little leg, and a flowy layer over the skirt to add the ethereal illusion. It was so special to show both moms the finished product when we were all getting ready! Matt spiced it up with a subtle, floral patterned shirt.
MA GIRLSSS. I love them so much. They’re such babes. With hearts of pure gold. We danced & twirled in our dresses to alllll the music before heading down to line up for the ceremony, and it might have been one of the most memorable moments. Also thankful for each of Matt’s groomsmen, they’re like brothers. Life advice: pick some solid, loyal, beautiful to the core people to have by your side.
Walking down the aisle to my best friend — I can’t put it into words. It felt like our story had come full circle, to the most peaceful place. The largest & most exciting commitment in 2 people’s lives. And when Matt became my husband, my protector, my supporter, my partner — I couldn’t believe the joy that I felt. Standing up there was a complete dream. I swear I can’t even remember half of it because it was so overwhelmingly incredible. But I remember Matt’s face. And reflecting on the years that had built up to this moment. I pray every SINGLE woman & man feels that kind of raw bliss on their wedding day.
The central coast has a magical feel about it, with gorgeous miles of golden grass, stunning oak trees, and blue skies, it set the tone for our natural & simply elegant wedding. Seeing as our life together started in San Luis Obispo, our seating chart distinguished each table by a different town, hiking trail, or beach that meant something to us in the central coast. Our head table, of course, was where it all started: “San Luis Obispo.” Our reception was inspired by Italian family style dinners, with long wooden tables, silk runners, and natural floral arrangements filled with garden roses. We surprised our guests with handwritten “love you” cards that we placed on each plate, as well as with a surprise photo underneath their plate. Some photos dated back to when Matt or I were toddlers, sitting on the lap of our guest. So. many. good. tears.
We had a sign at our bar that read, “Drinking Life to the Lees.” It is a quote from Ulysses, meaning, “living life to the fullest.” We couldn’t have wished for a better life-phrase that tied to our new last name (Lee). We also had a specialty “boba drink” dessert cart that Matt’s father created (I am in love with boba), with the prettiest glasses. Who wants Boba?!
For our first dance, we had the slow song “Speechless” by Dan & Shay fade into the fun, upbeat classic “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban. I’ll never forget spinning, twirling, and embracing to these two songs with the love of my life on top of Lekai’s mountain hill with the most surreal backdrop. I can’t thank Jesus enough for making Matt my forever best friend. We could not believe how many people cried and shed tears during the ceremony & reception. That’s the power of God’s unconditional love! The dance party flew by as the sun set into the most beautiful orange and purple sky. We were on top of the world, living real life, celebrating one of the most beautiful gifts God can give you with all of our favorite people. I didn’t want it to stop. I recall looking back on the reception space as Matt & I walked away from the celebration holding hands, and I thought to myself with the largest smile & fullest heart I have ever had, “this was truly, hands down, the absolute best day of my life.” I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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Event Coordinator/Design: Dani at Couture Events / @danicoutureevents :::::::: Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography / @nicoleclareyphoto :::::::: Cinematography: Roman Howell Films / @romanhowellfilms :::::::: Florist: Chelsea at Blissful Blossoms :::::::: Calligraphy & Signage: Kaylyn at Pirouette Paper Company / @pirouettepapercompany :::::::: Makeup & Hair: Amy at The Blushed Company / @theblushedcompany :::::::: Wedding Dress: Miss Tashina / @miss_tashina :::::::: Suits: Grooms Grotto / @groomsgrotto :::::::: Rentals: Scout Rental Co. / @scout_rental_co, :::::::: All About Events / @allaboutevents, Otis & Pearl / @otisandpearl :::::::: Catering & Bar: Matt at Old San Luis BBQ / @oldsanluisbbq :::::::: Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes / @bellabelleshoes :::::::: Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus / @lulus
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This chic and glam wedding at Rancho Las Lomas has me drooling over all the details. Julia is the definition of “dream big” & “have FUN.” Her dusty rose palette tied into every little detail — even down to the drinks. But my favorite part of this day was the go-big mentally with celebrating their love. So many friends & family vouched for their relationship through the smiles, the tears, the cheers & the prayers. It was inspiring to see all the excitement for these two and their marriage! Ryan + Julia are such a power couple. I cannot WAIT to see where life takes them! Love you Ryan & Jules! xx
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Can’t get OVER this gorgeous summer day at Hammersky Vineyards! If you’re looking for a stunning white barn to have your intimate wedding at, this is the magical place! Excited to also share I am a preferred vendor for Hammersky, so please reach out if you are considering this venue! :)
The white barn, rolling vineyards, and hanging lights were the perfect backdrop for an evening of romance. With soft, delicate colors, a romantic gown, and the prettiest of details, these two couldn’t have been more smitten. Annie from Ivory & grace Weddings added a pop of blue to their table scape for some contrast with the neutral palette, white barn, and blushing blooms! Just love her! She is so creative. And don’t get me started on Carla from Idle Wild Florals! She is incredibly talented, just look at her flower arrangements & that bouquet! My favorite part of this day was when the sun danced into golden hour, and that magical light swept over the vineyards. It made the dancing, laughter, and sweet moments unforgettable. Scroll to bring a smile to your face! xx
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Venue: Hammersky Vineyards // Event Design: Ivory & Grace Weddings // Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography // Florals: Idle Wild Floral // Dress: The Dress Theory San Diego // Tux: Friar Tux Shop // Invites: Little Road Designs // Tableware: Anthropologie // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes //