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Serendipity Garden Wedding

Follow a winding road through forest, apple orchards and small town generosity. Here’s where you’ll find Serendipity Gardens.

Marnee and Dillon’s wedding tells a charming story of the bride’s Scotch-Irish heritage and the couple’s shared love of homemade pie, dinosaurs, and Star Wars!

 

Marnee and Dillon’s good friend brought his vintage Pontiac, and we knew we wanted to include it in the story. The charming farms in the area made the classic car look right at home in its era.  An apple orchard on the edge of a pine forest was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s first look. Marnee and Dillon, said “I Do” on a deck. perched on a hillside with breathtaking views of the valley. The cocktail hour was outdoors, shimmering chandeliers hung from the tree limbs above. Dinner and dancing was under a tent on top of the hill with beautiful views. 

The highlight of the evening was a surprise performance by the couple for their guests – a well planned lightsaber duel that Marnee and Dillon pulled off with perfection! An authentic battle of force that was impressive and so much fun to watch! The skit ends with non-other than Darth Vader’s himself, threatening the couple. Marnee and Dillon drop their weapons and reach out for one another as the  power of love conquers Darth and he falls to the ground. The crowd went absolutely wild with cheer and applause.

Between dancing guests gathered around the open fire pit enjoying s’mores. The celebration ended with a joyful, sparkler send-off. It was definitely a night to remember!

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

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Beach Engagement Malibu

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!

 

 

 

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Roblar Winery Los Olivos | California Wine Country Wedding

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!

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Castle Green Pasadena Wedding

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!

Crystal Clear Weddings /  Jj Events Photo Booth / Simply Elegant Catering / Video Matrimony Pictures / Cake Friandise Pastries

Duran’s Flowers Officiant Rev. James Nial /

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Pacific Club Newport Beach Wedding

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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!

Venue The Pacific Club Newport Beach Photography https://johnandcolette.net/ Bride’s Makeup & Hair Ermahn Ospina MakeUp  Flowers: Petal to the Meadow Cake Patty’s Cakes Dress: BHLDN Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding Gabrielle + Diwan

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!

 

As Seen In Country Living Magazine

 

 

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  

 

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Santa Ynez Engagement Session

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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!

 

 

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Orange County Courthouse Civil Wedding Ceremony

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!

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Montana Weddings

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

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