Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Romantic and Elegant Blue Franciscan Gardens Wedding Inspirational Shoot

I simply adore doing styled shoots. While they take a lot of time and planning, it's so worth it at the end, seeing how it all comes together. For the longest time, I've been wanting to do something with a Spanish/Tuscan/Mediterranean flair and after months and months of planning and hundreds of emails, I'm happy to finally share this shoot with you all.

Together with one of my favorite event planners, Hylah of H. White Special Events, we put together an epic team of SoCal wedding professionals who helped bring my vision to life. This shoot was one of the most elaborate ones I've ever done because we went all out -- from having a ceremony set-up to working with a catering company, 24 Carrots, to have 3 different looks for the bride -- no detail was missed and you'll just have to see the photos for yourself because this shoot is simply amazing! And don't forget to watch the video at the end -- it's breathtaking!

Spanish-inspired blue wedding invitations by Copper Willow Paper Studio // Photo by Closer to Love Photography via @thesocalbride
Nude bridal shoes // Photo by Closer to Love Photography via @thesocalbride
White & ivory wedding bouquet by Bella Bloom Floral Designs // Photo by Closer to Love Photography via @thesocalbride




Vendors who helped make this happen: Photographer: Closer to Love Photography* | Event Planner & Co-Creative Director/Designer: H. White Special Events* | Venue: Franciscan Gardens, San Juan Capistrano | Florals: Bella Bloom Floral Design* | Videography: Erica Marr Films | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Catering: 24 Carrots Catering & Events* | Hair & Make-up: Studio mm&b | Bridal Gowns: Enaura Bridal | Veils: Blossom Veils | Chocolate: Valenza Chocolatier* | Invitations & Paper Goods: Copper Willow | Cakes: RooneyGirl BakeShop* | Shoes: Christian Louboutin & Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry | Candles: Ikea & Hobby Lobby | Dinnerware: Dish Wish Events


Closer to Love PhotographyH. White Special EventsBella Bloom Floral Design24 Carrots Catering & EventsValenza ChocolatierRooneyGirl BakeShop are all members of our Vendor Guide. Details on how to become a member can be found here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Elegant Wilson Creek Winery Wedding from Janelle Marina Photography

"I (the bride) always wanted a vineyard wedding. I thought they were romantic, magical, and beautiful. I luckily am blessed with a husband who allowed me to have free reign over the entire process (with the exception of what he and his groomsmen wore but he did a pretty good job with that) and because of that, I was blessed with the most amazing day and he loved it as well. Upon visiting Wilson Creek and seeing their Merlot Mesa site, I knew I had found the perfect look and ambience for my wedding and it definitely delivered.  My favorite part of the day was the ceremony. It was completely without blemish or fault. It was perfect. We said our vows under God, our family, and our friends in the most romantic space in the middle of the vines with the sun setting. Everything about it was amazing, the look and feel of that whole part of the day I would not change a single bit. The overall ambience and beauty of the vineyard along with my florist, Pip, from RoseBubbs Events gave me everything I needed and more in terms of the look and feel I wanted for my wedding day. My husband, our love, and the love from our family and friends made it perfect despite any mishaps." -Yvonne & Tyler


From the bride: Despite the million mishaps, the day was about more than the reception. It was the day my husband and I became ONE and it was one of the best days of our lives. My guests still had an amazing time and overall, we did as well because of what it meant to us. We saw friends and family that we loved dearly that we hadn't seen in forever. We laughed and we danced. The venue may have been a disaster in their service but it didn't ruin the most important moments for us. My good family friend surprised us by singing one of my favorite John Legend songs ("Cloud 9") during dinner. Our first dance to a remake of "Heaven" by Brian Adams was magic, and the father-daughter and mother-son dances were so special. My flower girls made us pictures to hang in our home, they had dance battles with our guests, and "helped" me with my bouquet toss. My husband made me a beautiful slideshow of us growing up and our moments together for the past 3 and a half years including a video of our engagement. There was so much love and laughter.

Wedding planning advice: I (the bride) planned our wedding while in my final year of law school (and taking part in the activities and jobs that come with that) and studying for the CA Bar. Luckily majority of the planning was complete by the time I had to study for the exam but there was still little last minute details I had to plan. It seems like a lot (and it WAS) but YOU CAN DO IT. Whether you can afford a planner or not, if you can make the time to plan your own wedding you should do it. We could have set aside a part of our budget to have someone else plan the biggest day of our lives but instead, I wanted to put that money towards cigars for my husband and his friends and an extravagant wedding cake. This day is YOUR DAY. It will be a headache at times but START WITH A PLAN AND VISION and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Everything will fall into place for you. I was able to get everything I wanted accomplished and everything (that was within my control lol) came out exactly how I wanted. Also, someone told me things WILL GO WRONG on your wedding day BUT DON'T LET IT RUIN YOUR MOMENT. On my day, things went wrong but I didn't allow it to ruin our moment so it was still perfection.

Honeymooned in: Puerto Rico and stayed at the Gran Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort. The weather was perfect for that time of year (we went the first week of October) and since it was down season, we had the resort mainly to ourselves until the weekend. The locals were also very accommodating and helpful. It is one of the few tropical places that does not go through hurricane season during that time of year.

We were able to rent a car for a reasonable price for the week and drive to and from Old San Juan, visit the old forts, eat at restaurants loved by tourists and locals alike, and also dance along the warm beaches. You must visit the old forts in Old San Juan, eat at the Home of the Pina Colada (down the street from those forts), take part in the awesome shopping (if thats your thing) and eat at a local restaurant that the locals love.

Vendors: Photographer: Janelle Marina Photography* | Venue: Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula | Gown: Lazaro from JLM Boutique Beverly Hills | Bridesmaids Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Florals: RoseBub Events | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Cake: Cakes to Celebrate | DJ: DJ H-Rod


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