Pretty Pastel Wedding With a Rustic Charm in Santa Barbara

"My husband and I are very simple people who LOVE the outdoors and the mountains! After much searching, we noticed that we just could not decide on a venue because it was either too 'fancy' or just 'not us'. Finally, casually scrolling on Pinterest one day, I saw the cutest outdoor wedding post and clicked on the photo. It took me to the Lions Park website where I just fell in love with the simplicity and beauty of this place. It was exactly what my husband and I envisioned when we thought of the place we wanted to get married at. It was by the mountains, outdoors and rustic! Our colors, just like us, were simple and soft. I wanted soft pastels and nothing too bold." -Bride & Groom

A Mid-Century Styled Shoot at The Lautner Hotel in Palm Springs

A fun mid-century wedding in California’s Desert at The Lautner Hotel. Flashback to family road trips: Airstream adventures, stories under the stars and precious family time. Relive your memories with style at this marvelous venue built and designed in 1947, with mid-century modern architectural features which are characterized by clean lines, organic, and streamlined forms. 

Inspiration surged from the artsy and creative vibe of downtown Palm Springs, ocal designer stores and restaurants are filled with vivid colors, mid-century modernistic pieces and geometric patterns. Mustard, terra cotta, dusty mint and pumpkin orange with a touch of metallics form our color palette taking us back to mid-50s – 60s.

The bridal bouquet brings an European technique incorporating a wild round and cascading drop with mid-century clean line spiral structure. California and Australian grown flowers enhance the playful geometric table centerpieces.

The gorgeous convertible lace gown, Briella, featuring a high-neck topper with scallop lace trim, and tiered ruffle details. This floor length gown, exclusively by Lumière Couture Bridal, offers an unconventional vintage look. With the detachable topper, it can be worn in two distinct silhouettes. Perfect for brides looking for something versatile, and be able to switch up the looks from ceremony to reception in split seconds. 

We collaborated with Malcolm Alexander for the groom's attire due to it's unique suit lapel to give the suit a bit more geometric shape.

Meet Dennis Roy Coronel Photography a Los Angeles Wedding Film Photographer

Today, I'd like to introduce you to the talented Dennis Roy Coronel; a Los Angeles based film wedding photographer.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED AND WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVELocated: Los Angeles | Serve: All of Southern California & Abroad.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AND HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAYAs a recent Film School Graduate, I accepted a last minute gig to capture and deliver a Wedding Film. The Brides Maid of Honor reached out to my Film School , and the Career Development Department then connected me with the couple. It was so last minute and I scrambled to put together an amazing team of Filmmakers to capture their special day. 

At the time, I did not know that it was overkill! I showed up with four filmmakers including myself to capture this special day! I made sure that everyone was compensated fairly and I myself took a pay cut in order to make this happen. What followed was something I will never forget and is the reason why I am in this amazing industry today. 

My Daughter was recently born a little over a month prior to this wedding day. So I am already on an emotional high. As the wedding day progressed, I am finding myself fulling immersed in the raw emotions of love and joy and pure gratitude and happiness. Once the speeches came, I was a mess! I was hiding behind my camera because I didn't want my team, to see that I was wiping away tears! The way the Brides Father spoke of her, the way that others spoke of the couple. I WAS IN LOVE!!! 

I immediately began brainstorming on the drive home on how I can be a part of this industry. One thing I picked up on that day, was the level of proximity the Photographers were to the couple all day. I wanted that! If I was going to walk away from Cinema, I was going to be a part of something truly special and I wanted to share that with these couples! I wanted to be right in there, all day! 

So, my love for photography was rekindled and I knew I wanted to become a Wedding Photographer. The journey was and has not been easy. A lot of late nights studying the craft before I went out and shot my own wedding. I took on a lot of jobs as a secondary photographer in order to familiarize myself with the motions of the day. I wanted it to become second nature by the time I took on my own clients. I am so grateful to the photographers who took me on under their wings and let me gather the necessary experience. 

I bought so many books, I took online courses, watched webinars, spoke to experienced Wedding Photographers. I already had the technical training and the degree to show for it. I knew I possessed the skills to tell a story. I needed to be sure that I absolutely had what it took to tell the Narrative of Love in one day! And so, with the help and support of so many of my peers, with countless hours studying and practicing and perfecting my craft, I am here. 

As for my continued success. Honestly - Gratitude. Navigating through this amazing industry has come easy because I am so grateful for every experience, every couple and every peer I come across.

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTOh my goodness! I have so many! I was literally just having a conversation with a previous bride simultaneously while I answer these questions and we were talking about her wedding day and how epic it was! 

It would be easy for me to say that it was the time I was flown out to Barcelona to capture a Destination Wedding and subsequently, Rome & Paris. Or when I went to Playa Del Carmen or Campeche, Mexico. 

Quite honestly, the most memorable memories, are when I see how in love my clients are. How much love and support they are surrounded by on their special day. How I am constantly reminded what bliss is and love looks like. I take something away from every single wedding. A new memory is forged that reinforces me as Wedding Photographer and serves as an affirmation that this is where I belong, and that, makes every wedding memorable and special to me.

ANY ADVICE FOR NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLESThe first step will always be to make sure that their work resonates with you and that it is an aesthetic you can value and cherish for the rest of your married lives together. 

Next I strongly suggest to get to know your Wedding Photographer. This person is going to be with you for every moment of the day. You want to make sure that there is chemistry and that you feel comfortable. 

What separates a good wedding photographer from an amazing wedding photographer, is their ability to care for their clientele and nurture that relationship and ultimately deliver an amazing experience alongside with amazing product. 

Pricing should be the last thing you look at. If you truly love someones work, and you cannot see yourself booking another wedding photographer. You will find a way to make it work. Ultimately, our industry is a luxury industry. Your wedding is a luxury. You have chosen to have your dream wedding, with your dream vendors and ultimately the price tag that comes along with your dream photographer is what it is. It is up to you if you are willing to compromise on the quality of photography you are willing to invest in. As a photographer, I will never compromise the quality of work I deliver to a client, so that is why price should be last on your pecking order when selecting a Wedding Photographer.

SO WHAT'S NEXT? ANY BIG PLANS FOR YOUR BUSINESSOh my goodness, YES!!! Last year I decided to take a break from Destination Weddings to further focus on my local couples. This year I have decided to open up bookings for Destination Weddings once more. On top of that, I am now making myself available for Adventure Sessions, including Elopements and Intimate-Destination Weddings. 

This includes visiting some of Americas most majestic National Parks for your Engagement Sessions, Elopements or Weddings, also flying abroad to exotic locations with a few of your closest friends and family. 

There is a burning desire to venture out in to the world, and I want to share that with my couples, just as I wanted to share those touching moments with them when I first stepped into this industry.

- Southern California Bride 
- Magnolia Rouge 
- Elizabeth Ann Designs 
- Dear Grey Magazine 
- Glamour & Grace 
- The Knot 
- The Pretty 
- Chic Vintage Brides

Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite thing to eat: Pizza
Favorite place to eat: any pizza place
Dream vacation: Bali
Dream venue to work at: Chateau de Gudanes
Favorite place to visit in SoCal? The Griffith Observatory
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite quote: 
an excerpt from "The Pale Blue Dot" 
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994


Meet Jennifer of Rustic Events; a San Diego based rental company

Today, I'd like to introduce you to the wonderful Jennifer from Rustic Events. If you're looking for beautiful wood tables and benches for your wedding day, Jennifer and her husband are your people to go to! Now let's get to know them a little bit...

Photography: Rachael Marie Photography

Elegant Mother of the Bride and Groom Dress

For the second most important lady on the day… your mum. Living Silk offers classic and elegant outfits for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom.  The pure silk collection is handwoven and dyed silk, and for the last 15 years, Living Silk has been worn by ladies at weddings and special events all over the world. The color palette ranges from soft pinks to vibrant cobalt blues and everything in between. 

Living Silk offers complimentary worldwide shipping on all orders. Visit to experience the elegance of Living Silk

Raw Elegance Styled Shoot with Minted

We're coming in from our little winter break to share this gorgeous minimalistic styled shoot featuring some gorgeous invitations from Minted. Here is a little bit more about the shoot: "Set in an industrial warehouse space this styled shoot encapsulates the current greenery and refined luxury trends with a seventies twist and provides inspiration to stylish, trend-conscious brides. The first look incorporates natural, organic foliage and blousy white blooms with elegant stationery suite including botanical motifs, such as ‘Vines of Green’ and ‘Leafy Ampersand’. Dresses are floaty chiffon and lace, with soft romantic updo’s paired with oversized textural bouquets. The tablescape features white linen and tableware with black accents and clear ghost chairs. A backdrop of white chiffon and foliage garland complete the look. As a contrast, the second look features seventies influences with macramé details. Bridal styling includes loose waves, with floral crowns and bohemian dresses, and balanced by bridesmaids in loose-fitting black gowns.  Depth is added to the table with black tableware, candles and silk ribbons, a detail repeated in the soft and loose bouquets."

Modern Boho Wedding Inspiration Shoot

"This is the ultimate California Modern Boho inspiration. Set in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown LA, there is a perfect juxtaposition of modern loft vibes paired with overgrown bougainvillea and greenery to bring in that boho vibe. We brought in a dream team of vendors to inspire brides who love the earthy organic look, but aren't necessarily into flower crowns and dream catchers. This is for the modern bride who wants a touch of whimsy to her wedding day. We thought soft shades of blue and white would pair so well with our pantone color of the year - Greenery - which is naturally all around the outdoor courtyard of Seventh Place. With mixing brushed gold and clear glass, the modern boho look is achieved. Can we talk about her HANDMADE crochet dress made by local designer?! What a dream! Everything from the rentals, paper products, and bridal details can all be achieved by any bride right here in LA!" -Tasteful Tatters

Torrey Pines Beach Bridal Inspiration by Matoli Keely Photography

"We wanted to create an editorial that showcased soft romantic muted tones, with a simplistic backdrop that would allow these elements to truly shine. Torrey Pines cliffs and beach provided a gorgeous aesthetic and allowed the vision to truly come to life. The grey-blue dress, soft romantic up do, and breathtaking florals brought every aspect of this inspiration together with the help of incredibly talented and local Southern California vendors." -Matoli Keely Phototraphy

Romantic Coastal Elegance featuring Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal

We are head over heels over this romantic coastal elegance styled shoot featuring designs by Oleg Cassini bridesmaids dresses for David's Bridal. This new and exclusive launched in 100 stores and also online at the beginning of October. With a price range of $169.95-$189.95 and available in sizes 0-30, this collection is perfect for brides who are planning a timeless and elegant wedding!

More on this shoot: 
Our inspiration evolved from the designer himself. Oleg Cassini is a celebrity designer who is known for dressing icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly. As the queen of timeless elegance, we were inspired by Grace Kelly, and envisioned the romance of “Grace Kelly in the Hamptons” captured beautifully on film. 
The venue, Seven Springs, is a picturesque historical estate just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1732, the manor has a rich history, included a stay by George Washington himself. Seven Springs is also home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep, who make an appearance at events for animal lovers. The gowns were the stars of the show, with dreamy pale pink lace, retro silhouettes, and impeccable beading as some of the highlights. With breath-taking cathedral veils and the perfect red lip, the brides showcased a timeless elegance that would have made Grace proud! 

At the reception, we designed a romantic table for two, complete with sweetheart settee for the newlyweds. For the tablescape, we took our inspiration straight from Grace Kelly in a scene in High Society, where she is with a model boat of the boat, True Love. As the perfect nautical touch and nod to the film, the highlight of the decor is the model boat, floating on a bed of greenery, with “Darling, let’s be adventurers” in calligraphy adorning the sail. Heirloom glassware and silverware add to the chic timelessness, while hand-lettered mussel place cards give an added touch of whimsy. Ending off the celebration was a retro caravan bar that featured scrumptious champagne accoutrement selections like lush blackberries, fragrant rosemary and a dash of pear juice.  The caravan served as the perfect bridge to yesteryear while showcasing modern amenities and stylings.  The day was complete with a champagne toast and a cuddle with Cupid, one of Seven Springs’ sheep! 

Citrus Inspired Styled Shoot in an Orange Grove

“Looking on the brighter side” were just the words that brought the inspiration for our Citrus Shoot. We incorporated vibrant elements, and strived to create that elegant and glam attitude! The smell of the succulent orange groves brought the shoot to life and inspired us to really toss in the playful and enchanting décor items, as well as in the floral design and tableware. The talented, Gabe + Brit Photographers captured every juicy (pun intended) detail and kept our vision on the brighter side.  - Pure Lavish Events

Miss California's Temecula Wedding at Temecula Creek Inn

"Bree Morse is Miss California 2015 so this wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Bree is a well-spoken bubbly ray of sunshine who has the biggest heart! Working with both her and Mike was an amazing experience. We collaborated closely on the details and overall aesthetic of the event - a natural but chic design in rose gold and white. The guest list was equally fun with some of her Miss America sisters as well as a familiar face from The Bachelor - Sarah Vendal who was a bridesmaid. My favorite design element was the suspended cake and I am so glad I worked with a bride who loved all of my crazy ideas and I had amazing vendor team who pulled everything together beautifully." -Michelle Garibay Events