Green Acre Campus Pointe Wedding | Christy + Dan

Christy + Dan are these super cool people that get married on April Fool's Day. Prior to their wedding, I recall them saying they really just wanted an amazing, comfortable day with their friends + family. I think they nailed it.

How did he propose?

"We were going to Juniper and Ivy in Little Italy to celebrate our birthdays. Whenever we did something like this, I would always judge the likelihood of him proposing. I had the night's chances somewhere around 15% because the setting would have just been too perfect. So imagine my surprise when after dessert he started fumbling around under the table. I thought--is he checking sports scores on his phone?! But then I saw his phone was still on the table. That's when my heart started racing! He asked me to marry him then and after our server brought us champagne. In true Dan + Christy fashion, we ended the night snuggled on the couch watching Making a Murderer!"

On planning a wedding:

"The process for us was both super exciting and super stressful. Doing marketing and graphic design for a winery that hosts weddings gave me lots of opportunities to see what I did and didn't like from other people's weddings. It was a bit of a blessing and a curse since I tend to be a "march to my own drum" kind of girl. I think the most important thing for Dan and I was that all of our guests would be comfortable, well-fed, and that they would have fun no matter their personalities. We chose Green Acre Campus Pointe because the feel was a lot like us--eclectic but modern, refined but comfy and casual. Kelsey, our planner I connected with right away at an event at the winery where I work--I knew that she would be the perfect person to help us on this journey. As for Elyse, I saw photos that she shot for a wedding at the winery and loved them, and at the same time I had been following her work on Instagram for quite a while and LOVED the aesthetic. The same went for Witty Rentals, I want to LIVE inside their warehouse!"

What were your favorites moments of the day?

"I think my favorite moments were seeing Dan for the first look (I'm glad we got to have time together before the ceremony to just be with each other), and to see all of our guests having such a great time. Knowing that they were there supporting us filled me with so much love! Dan agrees, and would like to add that he liked hanging out in the groom's room beforehand with all the guys. He also really enjoyed sitting at our sweetheart table, being able to look out at all of our family and friends. An added bonus was having his niece sit on his lap during dinner."

Do you have any advice, big or small, for those that are planning their own wedding?

"I think the best advice is one that Dan kept hammering home to me during the planning process. I have anxiety and so I would often go on a downward spiral and get super overwhelmed. He would ask me, "what's next to do on the list?" and would tell me that I wasn't allowed to say "EVERYTHING!!!!" like I really wanted to. He told me to focus on just one task at a time and complete that one thing as much as I could before I moved on. I would also say take breaks and try not to think about it every day. You'll drive yourself insane."

Calamigos Ranch Wedding | Lauren + Michael

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Lauren + Michael's wedding weekend was one of the highlights of my year. They got married on a perfectly sunny Saturday afternoon in the hills of Malibu at Calamigos Ranch. That venue, you guys! The way the light filters in through the oak trees is like no other.

I could go on an on about how wonderful they are, but I thought it would be fun to hear from my couples directly about their relationship, wedding planning, and what was important to them. 

This is Lauren + Michael and their beautiful Malibu wedding day.


"Michael proposed on Christmas Eve 2014! Every year, we go to his grandparents house and spend the night so we can wake up Christmas morning with the family. That night right before we went to bed, his mom insisted we open a present near the fireplace. He and his brother went first and opened goofy PJs. Next, I opened an identical box, but it was just filled with tissue paper. I got to the box at the bottom and before I knew it, his brother ran around to the other side of the room, camera flashes started going off, and Michael was on one knee. I was so overwhelmed I can't even remember what he said, but I'm pretty sure I sobbed out a yes!"

Our number one priority in planning our wedding was to make sure it was the BEST party EVER!

Our venue was close to the town we grew up in which made it an easy place for friends and family to get to - we wanted to make sure as many guests could come as possible. Although I did most of the planning, I wanted to make sure Michael felt like it was his day too and he wasn't just showing up! So I made sure to work around his busy grad school schedule to arrange wedding planning days where we could make decisions together on things like cake, music, suits, etc."

 

Favorite Moment of the day:

It's hard to narrow down to one moment - It was more this feeling we had at the reception. Michael and I have known each other for so long that we have friends from every part of our life together, and it was to special to see our all of our worlds collide, and new friendships forming! Our elementary school friends dancing with college friends, grad school friends chatting with our uncles, it was really this indescribable feeling of seeing all the people we love in one place together and having the time of their lives. At one point we stood off to the side to watch the dancefloor and just relished in how lucky we are to have such an amazing support system, that loves to have as much fun as we do. But if we have to pick one moment, saying "I DO" was pretty cool!

 

Tips for other couples:

I would advise any other brides and grooms to really think about their guest list - Our only regret from the wedding is that we didn't invite more people! That probably sounds crazy since most people say they wish they had ditched the whole spectacle - but our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives and we wish even more people could have been there to celebrate with us. We had a LONG engagement because of Michael's grad school schedule - over 2 and a half years! - so my other piece of advice would be to never forget why you are getting married. There were many times during our engagement that I would get overwhelmed and frustrated by the planning, so whenever that would happen I would take a break from Pinterest and the Knot, and we would just curl up with our dogs and watch a movie together. Never forget why you're doing all of this and love on each other!


dream team of vendors

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Coordinator: Events By Suzanne

Groom Tux: Hugo Boss + Nordstrom

Hair: Robin Sweeney

Makeup: Brittaney Carpenter

Bakery: Frost It Cakery

Photobooth: Triumph Photobooth

Dress: Watters

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu

Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux

Videographer: Kim Sprenger

DJ: SoundWave Productions

Invitations/Calligraphy: Cyrus Kiani, calligraphy by the bride

 

Andaz San Diego Wedding | Amanda + Michael

They met in law school and six years later, married each other on a rooftop in the city they met, went to school, and created a home in with their sweet golden doodle. We lucked out with the rain holding off for most of the day as they celebrated their laid-back, unfussy day at the Andaz in San Diego. Amanda + Michael are two of the funniest, coolest humans I've ever met and I felt incredibly lucky to photograph their day. They had chicken and waffles and recruited Witty Rentals to create a relaxed lounge-like seating arrangement for their guests and it's just about the coolest layout I've ever seen. I highly recommend it for all you laid-back couples out there! 

As soon as they were pronounced husband + wife and proceeded down the aisle hand-in-hand, Michael stopped at the end of the aisle mid-recessional and gave us the biggest hugs of appreciation. They're good people. I adore you, Amanda + Michael! Congrats and I wish you so much happiness together!

And here's their gorgeous wedding video from Audrey Alba Films!

Venue: Andaz Hotel

Coordinator: Kelsey Rae Designs

Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Stacey

Flowers: Bloom Babes

Dress: Angel Rivera Couture

Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Rentals: Witty Rentals

Video: Audrey Alba Films

DJ: DJ Pros

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Invitations/Calligraphy: Minted

Desserts: Nomad Donuts

Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding | Leah + Skyler

THE VILLA SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WEDDING
THE VILLA SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WEDDING

When I met Leah + Skyler last year, I was pretty smitten with them right off that bat. They had just returned from a nine-month adventure exploring 23 countries, eating weird food, immersing themselves in foreign cultures, and ultimately getting engaged in Bali (!). We met in Del Mar, shared some drinks, talked about anything - their travels, the wedding, our podcast obsessions, and everything in between. And I was completely and utterly humbled by their uncanny ability to make anyone feel welcomed + taken care of. When they told me their wedding date, I exclaimed, "Oh, that's my birthday!" to which Leah replied, "Oh my gosh, are you sure you want to work on your birthday?" Yes, girlfriend, it would be the sweetest honor to be there.

And so, this was their wedding day.

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Quail Haven Farm Wedding | Lindsay + Jasen

 

When two beautifully sweet human beings get married, it's pretty easy to be ecstatic about it. You photograph the heck out of their princess of a daughter, you nearly bawl your eyes out at how nervous the groom is, and you document each and every little moment + detail.

Lindsay + Jasen (and Harper!), I wish you so much love together.

 

 

 

 

 

The Dream Team

Venue/Coordination: Quail Haven Farm

Florals: Carla Kayes Floral Design

Hair + Makeup: FACE by Raymie

Invitations + Calligraphy: www.elli.com

Rentals: Adore Folklore

Bride’s Dress: Watters/Here Comes the Bride

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Flower Girl's Dress: Tutudumonde

Catering: Anything But Ordinary Catering

Cake: The Love Cakes

DJ: DJ Pros