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January 29

Sweet Vintage Fall Wedding in Southern California

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HOW DID THEY MEET? Ethan and Mandie grew up miles from one another but didn’t meet until college. They met through mutual friends at a party one night and quickly realized their infatuation with one another was something real.

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THEIR PROPOSAL While taking a trip to the East coast to visit some of Ethan’s family and Mandie’s high school friend. While exploring Boston, they stopped at a coffee shop and as she hugged him, she felt something in his jacket pocket. The look on his face and the denial that it was “nothing,” had her pretty sure that it was indeed something. Nut she dropped the thought and a couple stops later he asked her to marry him inside of a photo booth and of course she said yes. “I may have ruined his original plans, but the proposal was still perfect.”

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FAVORITE DESIGN DETAILS “I think I had so many different styles that I tried to incorporate in the wedding that I can’t really define it. More than anything I wanted it to be simple and reflective of us. I loved the variety of colors we used, the way we were able to incorporate the natural beauty of our surroundings with the use of elegant accents that were handpicked and renovated by ourselves and the help of our families.” - Mandie

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FAVORITE WEDDING MOMENT “Watching my Dad break it down on the dance floor, listening to toasts from loved ones, learning to tie an eldredge knot with my brother, enjoying a cup of ice cream on our couch before joining the reception, enjoying our coffee bar, getting our first moment alone after the ceremony.” - Mandie

ADVICE TO BRIDES “Make it your own. Figure out what expresses you as a couple and stick to that idea. There are millions of options and images and ideas out there that it is easy to follow someone else’s tastes, but the favorite things about my wedding are the unique ideas that we came up with together, things that were perfect because they represented exactly who we were.” - Mandie

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WEDDING DETAILS  Photographer: Lydia Messenger Photography //  Caterer: Kopper Kettle Kafe // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Floral Designer: Hockridge Florist //  Location: Forest Falls - Lakeview Feild // Suits: LA fashion district  //  Socks: Stance socks  //  Engraved Pocket Watches: Etsy  //  Favors: DIY coffee mugs  //  Entertainment: IAC PRO events  //  Cinematographer: Lucrida Productions //  Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Randall Tompkins


categories Fall Weddings

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January 7

Eclectic Charming Wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch

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Emily met Will at a business lunch she wasn’t even supposed to be at. A unique situation that led to sharing a few drinks at a little dive bar in downtown Dallas, to sharing secrets, and into friendship that blossomed. They may have started off as friends, but every time they met, their connection grew stronger. Soon it was harder and harder not to find reasons to be together. So Will took a bold chance, and took Emily on a “date” date. It was then the flame of their love sparked.

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Story of their proposal
They were on vacation in Phuket, Thailand and one night, while watching the sunset behind Big Buddha, Will asked Emily to spend the rest of her life with him and was rewarded with a resounding yes.

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What are some of your favorite memories from wedding date?
Our wedding was located on at the top of a hill and deeper in the valley, there is a resort hidden away. Later in the reception we were enjoying a drink, taking in the scenery, when all of a sudden, gorgeous fireworks were set off by the resort and lit up the entire sky! Many people thought we coordinated them, but it was just an awesome coincidence. Even though our engagement photos weren’t a part of our wedding day, we thought it is worth mentioning. The owners of Condor’s Nest Ranch were extremely gracious in letting us use the ranch for pictures…where we way too much fun! We decided to wrap-up with a grand finale of a, Holi Powder, Paint War (an environmentally-friendly powder in the most vibrant colors you can imagine)! It was nothing shy of exploding colors, flying through the air (and a bit of tactical strategy) and we had a blast!!

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Tell us about your style and your favorite creative / design details from your wedding day?
We like a real mish-mash of eras & styles and since we both have Texas roots, we wanted our wedding to have a real, “Texas meets California” feel, but with our “modern-eclectic with an old-soul swing” style. With that (mouthful) in mind, a few of our favorite touches were: the tiny twinkling lights hung outdoors over the seating area. To add a more personal touch, we printed family photos (many dating 20-30+ years) and displayed them throughout the reception. Finally, since we’re not exactly the traditional type, we decided against using the “table number system” for our reception dinner. Instead, we created table themes. In other words, we comprised a list of hobbies and things we enjoy, and collected items and found objects that best represented them. Each tables’ centerpiece was its own unique theme, mixed with an array of succulents and messy wildflowers. Guests could identify their table from our escort door, which listed the names below photos of each theme.

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What piece of advice would they tell a couple trying to plan their own wedding?
Binders are bullshit. Use an online tool (we used Basecamp) to coordinate people and tasks or you’ll just get destroyed. Hire a pro planner / coordinator to help you if you can and hire helpers for setup and day-of at minimum. Oh, and if the dress rips, don’t sweat it. Enjoy your day. It will still be perfect.

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CREDITS:  Photographer: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography //  Floral Designer: FantasyFloralDesigns //  Ceremony Location: The Condor’s Nest Ranch //  Floral Designer: Fantasy Florals //  Event Planner: Ace The Day Weddings + Events //  Caterer: Dalena’s BBQ  //  Officiant: Deborah Young Ceremonies //  Etsy Designer: fantasy floral //  Dress Store: L’ezu Atelier Bridal //  Bakery: The French Gourmet //  DJ: Universal DJ Services //  Makeup Artist: Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique

categories SUMMER WEDDING

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January 6

Feminine Outdoor Boudoir

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We have a beautiful boudoir inspired shoot that we’re excited to share with you today. It’s quite stunning. Using elements of the woods and beautiful vintage lingerie, Jennifer of j.woodberry photography and her friend, Ryan, wanted to create a shoot that had two contrasts of before and after.  The “before” that included a bridal-esque dress and bustier; a sweet, delicate paced woman. And for the second half, the “after,” is far more primitive. What they created was haunting, beautiful and mysterious.

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SHOOT DETAILS: Photographer: j.woodbery photography //  Makeup Artist: Rawwbeauty Makeup Artistry

categories WEDDING STYLE

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