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Apple orchards, winding roads and small town generosity. Serendipity Gardens is less than an hour drive from the city but another world away. A charming wedding story of the bride’s Scotch-Irish heritage and the couple’s shared love of homemade pie, dinosaurs, and Star Wars!
On the edge of a pine forest, just down the road from Serendipity Gardens is a quaint apple orchard, a perfect location for Marnee and Dillon to sneak away for a private First-Look before the ceremony. Their vintage Pontiac looked right at home in this charming farming town too!
Perched on a hillside with the most breathtaking view of the valley below was where the couple exchanged their wedding vows. Afterward guests enjoyed cocktails under a shady canopy of trees, adorned with shimmering chandeliers. Dinner and dancing followed. Deep red tartan plaid and Scotch-Irish details represented the couples family heritage. A surprise performance by the couple was the highlight of the evening. Serious Star Wars fans, Marnee and Dillon carefully planned a lightsaber duel that was pulled off with absolute perfection! Their sure-footed skit was nearly over when suddenly Darth Vader entered the room! The music turned ominous, the couple trembled with fear, dropped their weapons and reached out for one another.Miraculously the power of their love brought Darth Vader to his knees! The crowd went absolutely wild, jumping out of their seats with cheer and laughter! Honestly it was hard to hold the camera! So much fun!
In between dancing guests mingled around the open fire pit, eating s’mores and gazing at the brilliant, starry night. Sending off the couple with a giant sparkler line up was the perfect ending to a very memorable event.
Hats off to the creative team that helped to bring the couple’s vision to life:
Event Planner: Carole / Bright Blue Events Venue & Catering: Serendipity Gardens Cake: Michelle’s Bakery Pies Thankful Heart Kitchen-Redlands Floral Design:Flowers Etc DJ Musical Phunktions John & Colette Photography
Beach Engagement | Malibu California
Beach Engagement | Malibu California
Always up for an adventure this adorable duo brought a spirited and playful energy to their California coast engagement story.
We love getting to know our couples and collaborating with them on their lifestyle photography sessions. Before the shoot we schedule a consultation to understand what’s most meaningful to them.
It was so much fun to work with these two!
Thank you, Marnee + Dillon for a great day and a beautiful story!
A year later Marnee and Dillon said, “I Do” at Serendipity Gardens. See the wedding images here!
Roblar Winery, Los Olivos | California Wine Country Wedding
Rolling clouds and the nostalgic sound of songbirds in the vineyard set the stage for Cassidy and Gavin’s incredibly romantic wedding ceremony.
Wedding guests gathered on the lawn at the edge of the vineyard sipping champagne and enjoying the view, as the couple decided to have a first look before the ceremony, to calm some nerves, and share a quiet moment together before the ceremony started. In keeping with an intimate wedding, the couple chose a close friend to officiate the wedding ceremony. Cassidy and Gavin exchanged their wedding vows under a majestic canopy of hundred year old oaks, like two sentient beings offering their grace and serenity over the ceremony.
The wedding reception was complete with good wine (of course!) and exceptional cuisine. The wedding cake and beautiful desserts were designed and baked by another dear friend as a wedding gift for the couple. A labor of true love! Custom wedding signs and beautiful burgundy and blush flowers with succulent accents designed by Passion Flowers added to the overall charm of the day.
The highlight of the evening was the fiery sparklers that guests held as they surrounded the couple during their first dance as husband and wife. Displayed in tall galvanized buckets with tags that read “Let Sparks Fly” –Perfection! Congratulations, Cassidy & Gavin!
The people and the cuisine at Roblar Winery are exceptional and if you are looking for the perfect winery for your event, Roblar is a must see!
Castle Green Pasadena Wedding
Planning their Pasadena wedding from Washington D.C. Mina & Ryan wanted to to find a location with history and beautiful California architecture. With the help of their wedding planner they found the perfect location in Pasadena at the majestic Castle Green. The bride and her mother took a trip home to India where they found the beautiful blue sari’s that the bridal party is wearing. Handsomely combined with classic tuxedos and lush white roses and the romantic setting, everything looked incredible.
Congratulations, Mina & Ryan!
We love photographing meaningful wedding stories for wonderful people
but when those wonderful people are also long time friends, it doesn’t get any better!
An elegant and intimate wedding at the beautiful Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Thank you, Lesley & Bob for having us at your wedding, we loved every minute!
All the love in the world to you both!
Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding | Gabrielle & Diwan
When two families come together to make a wedding happen …
Each wedding invitation was carefully hand cut, individually stamped and painted by the bride and her sisters. Then both mothers taught themselves calligraphy and addressed each and every envelope by hand!
The bride’s dress was complemented by a handmade veil by Renee Pawele. The same artist crafted Gabrielle’s beautiful hair piece, shoe adornments and a surprise boutonniere for Diwan.
One of our favorite moments from the day was at the start of the ceremony. Once guests settled in their seats, a herd of horses were released in the adjacent paddock running at full gait! The sound of pounding hooves and their powerful grace and beauty held the guests in a moment of breathless awe. Emotions on high and horses calmed, Gabrielle and her father took to the aisle.
After a ceremony that left no eyes dry, guests enjoyed cocktails and then made their way to a magical dinner reception on Sycamore Lane. Crystal chandeliers hung from the limbs of magnificent Sycamore trees above, casting a warm romantic light onto the family-style farm tables below. Before their grand entrance, Gabrielle and Diwan savored a sweet moment alone to practice their first dance in the barn.
Plush seating areas designed by Found Vintage Rentals provided guests a welcome place to rest their feet as dancing and toasts continued into the night.
Sweets, coffee and late night music kept guests going until the last star made it’s debut in the sky.
Congratulations, Gabrielle and Diwan!
Wedding Planner: Wink! Weddings Wedding Venue:Whispering Rose Ranch Floral Design: Holly Floral Cuisine: Creative Catering Services Event Lighting:The Lighter Side Officiant: A Vow Ceremonies Music:Vox DJs Found Vintage Rentals Acoustic Late Night Music The Amber Dishes and Flatware Otis & Pearl Linens: La Tavola Linen Hairstylist for the Bride and hair and makeup for the bridal party: Jessica Steingard Makeup for the bride by Colette Groom’s boutonniere and Bride’s hair, shoe jewelry and veil designed by Renee Pawele Bride’s gown designed by Alvina Valente Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo Bridal Party Transportation: Silk Roads Guest Shuttle: Central Coast Classic Party Rentals Videographer: By Design Films
A Santa Ynez Engagement Session, and an amazing day with a wonderful couple – Gabrielle & Diwan. We’re so excited for their wedding at Whispering Rose Ranch in nearby Solvang. This is just a glimpse of the beauty to come!
Courthouse weddings are intimate and fun and this one, oh so chic! They are a truly magical way to say “I do.”
When we spoke with Jessica and Adam about their civil ceremony plans, they shared some of their favorite things with us. Jessica mentioned that Adam is a gourmet coffee connoisseur and that she loved a good cup of tea. So naturally we started the day and their photo story at the Gypsy Den, an eclectic neighborhood coffee shop with the best tea and coffee around! After enjoying the eye opening libations and a stroll in the courtyard, it was time to get married! We met again at the Old Orange County Courthouse where the couple was greeted by family. After a quick and fun swearing-in ceremony, everyone gathered upstairs for the ceremony which was short, sweet, and filled with laughs and love. With such a genuine and stylish couple, photographing this special day was so much fun! Her single hydrangea bloom, his yellow Mini Cooper, and the way they laughed together are just a few of our favorite things from this orange county courthouse civil wedding ceremony. What a truly perfect day! Congratulations Jessica & Adam!
If you’re thinking of having a civil marriage ceremony we highly suggest the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse. Restored to look much as it had at the turn of the last century this courthouse is the perfect place to hold a small ceremony.
And we just have to mention Garett, our waiter at the Gypsy Den. His charm and goodwill added immeasurably to our perfect day experience. Thank you, Garett! We’re sending everyone we know your way!
We’re excited that one of our Montana weddings is featured on Rocky Mountain Bride!
See it here: Rocky Mountain Bride
Thank you to the creative team that helped bring Melissa & Ben’s vision to life:
Ceremony & Reception Venue and Planner: Margie & Bruce at The BruMar Estate
Floral Design: Darci at Beargrass Floral
Cake: Miss Patti Cakes