Posts Tagged ‘California’

Danielle & Linus: Great Wedding Video

Oxnard, California

March 8th, 2012

linus+danielle • rainy barn wedding from Paperback Weddings on Vimeo.

This is one of the best wedding videos I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. Every once in a while, I really push the envelope when it comes to the water element at a wedding, but, hey, what can I say….I’m allowed. At this wedding, the water element is the rain that fell that day, forcing the outdoor ceremony into the gorgeous old chandelier-lit barn that was also the location of the reception. Paperback Weddings shot a wonderfully emotional wedding video with lots of moody, rainy drips and drops and lots of joyful tears.

Dawn Ranch Lodge

Sonoma County, CA

February 14th, 2012

Take a look at this video of Dawn Ranch Lodge. Looks super cute to me. I’d go in a heartbeat. Nadine and Arno chose a very charming location for their wedding. Big love.

Nadine & Arno: Riverside Wedding

Sonoma County, CA

February 8th, 2012

It’s pretty rare for me to kick off a wedding with photos of the reception before anything else, but when the bride and groom kick off the reception with a blindfold and a pinata, I feel I have no other choice! Nadine and Arno held their wedding and reception at Dawn Ranch Lodge, a charming “summer camp” resort on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA. I first spotted this wedding on 100 Layer Cake and couldn’t decide what I loved more; the perfect photography (thanks to Jesse Leake, the charming venue, the bride’s Vera Wang with the gorgeous ruffles along the bottom, or the playful spirit of the bride and groom. Usually I’m drawn to one particular element of a wedding. But this time, they were competing equally for my attention. So I decided they all win.I absolutely love the idea of having dinner in an orchard. The flowers and decorated dining tables fit the location beautifully. Have you ever seen a better father-daughter dance? Me neither.And as if the Russian River wasn’t enough water for this wedding, there was this classic swimming pool flanked with cute guest cottages.  I can’t get enough of this nostalgic location. Makes me want to float for hours in an inner tube and see a drive-in movie with my pajamas on in the back of an old station wagon.  Nadine and Arno had a great vision for their wedding and it was executed brilliantly.  Once again, wish I’d been a guest at this one!

Jen + Ryan: Waterside Wedding

Big Sur, California

December 27th, 2011

waterside wedding Well, hello lovely Louboutins! Is there a better way to start a wedding post than with some super shoes on the bride? The groom’s shoes are pretty cute, of course, but who can help but love a nude shoe with the peep toe peaking out from under a Sarah Seven wedding dress? waterside wedding Jen and Ryan were married in Big Sur, having fallen in love with the area while camping there many times throughout their years together. They found the perfect venue, a private residence, which allowed the couple the flexibility to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception dinner in different areas of the same location. Not only is this a great idea in terms of making the most of your venue fee, but its very convenient for guests (and you). Once they arrive to the ceremony, they’re free to get comfortable for hours. And with a view like that, who’d want to leave? waterside wedding waterside weddingwaterside wedding Not interested in following traditional wedding rules, Jen and Ryan wanted a wedding that truly reflected their personalities. Not only did they have a Bourbon bar, a camping themed photo booth, and loads of baked goods handmade by the bride and maid of honor, but they carefully incorporated the charming details they love: mason jars, burlap, succulents. waterside weddingwaterside weddingThanks so much to Brandon Kidd Photography for allowing us to post these great wedding photos!!

Kestrin & Jonathan: Oceanside Wedding

Carmel, CA

October 3rd, 2011

beach wedding Kestrin and Jonathan had two wedding ceremonies, a day apart. The first, shown in this post, was held on a bluff at Carmel River State Beach in Carmel, CA, (where Jonathan proposed) and was attended by a small group of about 50 friends and family, and the couple’s dog, Batgirl. Jonathan proposed to the bewitching Kestrin with these words, “I know you’re perfectly capable of living this life on your own, but I want to live it with you.” I don’t blame him. Kestrin looks pretty cool, if you ask me. Continue on and you’ll know she is.Love the dramatic, moody, windy sky that day, and I really love the chic air plant bouquet, courtesy of the very talented Flora Grubb, who happens to be the groom’s sister. A simple, waterside family celebration took place afterwards at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Beach House. The following day, it was off to San Francisco for a second ceremony, followed by a raucous party, all held at Flora Grubb Gardens. Post to follow soon. Many thanks to Feather Love Photography.

May and Florin: Beach Engagement Portraits

Montara State Beach, Montara California

August 3rd, 2011

Much thanks to Stacy of SAS Photography for sending these great engagement photos. Florin proposed to May along the California coast, so it was important to them to have their engagement portraits shot on the beach, as well. And what a beach it is!! Can you imagine a more dramatic background? Wow! This is Montara State Beach in Montara, California.

These images we sent via Two Bright Lights.

Beth & David: Lakefront Wedding

Clearlake, CA

March 23rd, 2011

This is the second half of a post that I started, as a guest blogger, on the blog called Delightfully Engaged. It features the beautiful lakefront wedding of Beth and David Bruce, who were married at Beth’s parents’ house in Clearlake, CA. Beth knew right away that she wanted her wedding at the lakehouse, and with a few simple ideas, just the right amount of decoration, and a couple of personal touches, the whole thing was perfect. It goes to show that sometimes everything you need is in your own backyard.

Thanks to photographer Zoe Lonergan for sending these great wedding pix and to Kara at for the invitation to blog for them. weddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by water