James and Lori

I had the pleasure of meeting James and Lori back in 2014, while staying with a buddy of mine in during  venue scout in California.  I remember arriving at his house and being greeted at the front door by James, his roommate. James is one of those guys who you are immediately drawn to. His charismatic personality and genuine interest in people is unlike anyone I've ever met before...then enter Lori. Lori is hysterical, says what is on everybody's mind and is the type of person who can an uncanny ability to read people like a book. Every conversation with this couple was so funny, yet so impactful. You couldn't leave without feeling encouraged, challenged and loved all at the same time. After their engagement, I secretly hoped that they'd reach out to me about doing their wedding. I would causally drop hints leading up to the proposal whenever I was in town staying with James. And having another one of my best friends happen to be Lori's roommate helped the cause a little bit too. 

Working with these guys was nothing short of an absolute pleasure. They gave me some vision for their day and then left it in my hands to connect the dots and determine all the details. Their venue was kind of a blank slate, in the best way. The first wedding I ever did took place here years before and obviously my style has changed, ever so slightly, so getting to come back to Highland Springs Resort was really exciting. The long rows of aged olive tree groves and the blooming lavender fields are hard to beat, but mix in the emotions of this wedding and you truly have a masterpiece of a wedding. Their's will go down as one of the most moving & inspiring ceremonies I've ever been a part of. There wasn't a dry eye in the place, from the demonstration of love they shared for each, to the way their honored James' late mother, to the beautiful time of worship they had as Lori walked down the aisle. Then the party kicked off with confetti canons down the aisle during the recessional...and the party never stopped! Seriously the most intense dance floor I've ever seen. Pretty sure James changed through 3 shirts before the sparkler exit. It being over 100 degrees didn't help much either. 

Be sure to watch the wedding video from Revel Weddings: http://www.revelweddings.com/james-lori/

I still watch it, even a year later! 

Vendor Credits: Photography: Ali Mae Photo |  Paper Goods: Ali Lavin  | Venue: Highland Springs Resort  | Videography: Revel Weddings  | DJ: Graham Moore  | Dress: Monique Luhllier






Rancho Las Lomas: Styled Shoot

I love the opportunity of partnering with new creatives and dreaming up a styled shoot in a new setting. I have long admired the work of Luna de Mare Photography and jumped on the opportunity of partnering with her, while in Orange County, this past March for a wedding. We chose to shoot at Rancho Las Lomas in the small town of Silverado, deep in the countryside of the OC. This venue is a hidden gem.  The grounds are filled with acres of lush plant life, beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture and surprisingly, a number of exotic animals, like a Siberian tiger and a number of zebras. Sadly, they wouldn't let us use the tiger in the shoot... 

I love the Mediterranean architecture that so characterizes this venue, and was really inspired by the beautiful blue and white Spanish tile mural. This is where the color palette for our overall design came from. We used a mix of blue hues through the shoot, such as the soft blue scalloped lace chargers and the deeper blues in the ribbon and blue berries, to created a feeling of consistency with the surroundings of the property. For the floral, I wanted to make sure to capitalize on one of our favorite parts of Spring and use white lilac. These beautiful blooms were paired with first of the season peonies, lush garden roses, panda anemones, Italian ranunculus and variegated ivy vine. Our bride for the day, who is also Miss California, wore a modern Alexandra Grecco gown that was absolutely stunning and flowed effortlessly. 

Vendors: Photography: Luna de Mare | MUH: Beauty by Melina | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Libby Tipton | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Runner: Silk & Willow 

Once Upon A Time: Alyssa & Miguel

One of the first things that inevitably happens when meeting with a new bride, is they unleash their impressively exhaustive Pinterest board of every possible idea, color palette and dress option for their big day. Often, I'm confronted with the reality that there seems to be 10 weddings being planned across these boards.  The photos  consist of seaside yacht weddings, paired with giant cathedral weddings and ballrooms dripping with crystals, along side barns full of hay bales. My first job tends to be narrowing down the vision to create a cohesive and beautiful look come their wedding day. Alyssa was not this bride. She had her Pinterest board narrowed down to the very last details of how the flowers on the cake should look and what each chalkboard sign would say. Ultimately, her vision for their wedding could be described in her words as simply as this: a fairytale.  It was so fun to create in a space like Craven Farms because there is a lot of  natural beauty.  We brought in long eucalyptus garlands, shades of blush and yellow garden roses and an assortment of colors of peonies and hydrangeas. The shades of blush, yellow and coral were paired with a dusty blue linen. It really made the colors pop and become vibrant.  Alyssa and Miguel's wedding truly did appear as out of a storybook.  Take a look at this "Once Upon A Time" wedding!

Photography: Lora Grady Photography | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Venue: Craven Farms