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Modern Elopement

The beauty of my job is to change up styles with each event. It keeps my inspiration flowing and allows me moments of tapping into a more natural oragnic flow and also more structured traditional flares. For this month, I've had more mid week weddings than I do weekend but I love the constant flow of work.
This was just a small wedding that is taking place today, Wednesday, in Monterey. I love the brides choice of sticking with the black and white and then choosing to accent with a charcoal and pop of green. The feather gives it a simple artistic touch.
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Zara and Bryan - Creative Elements

The fun, yet sometimes challenging aspect of working in a "destination" location is learning to capture the vision of the day and fullfill all the clients dreams via email. Working with Zara was my perfect example of that. She had contacted me a few weeks before having the baby and gave me a brief description on the succulent element she would like in the mix as well as my favorite Yosemite touch, Thistle and brighter contrast of green cymbidium orchids and then a touch of pink which I chose Ranunculus. This has been the most difficult bouquet I've made to date but I couldn't be happier with this unusual combination. I know describe this as my "creative elements."

They planned a small intimate wedding at The Ahwahnee with a reception to take place in the Mural Room. Knowing I'm working with The Staffords is always exciting and I can never wait to see their gorgeous photos. This couple had soooo much love and passion all over these images I'm sure they had a field day narrowing them down for their blog. To see the full gallery please click here
Photography - Johnny Stafford Photography
Ceremony and Reception - The Ahwahnee Hotel
Hair and Makeup - Bellissimo Brides

Janae and Jason - Champagne Shades on a Rainy June Day

Janae first met with me less than two weeks after I had my 3rd baby so needless to say, I was a little out of sorts. She gave me the once over on the details she had so far with her gorgeous subtle color schemes of creams, champagne and a pale pistacio. She also described the venue, The Vista Ranch and Cellars, which I had been highly anticipating doing a wedding there and they were my first.

 I had done several events at this venue in the past but under new ownership, they renovated the facility perfectly! The main room for the indoor area has a rustic modern touch so any bride will be able to customize their visions to fit with the surroundings. They also did the most amazing job with the bridal house on the same property for the girls to stay in the night before and the couple to enjoy for their honeymoon night. It is designed perfectly for the ladies to have privacy with tall walls surrounding the perimeter, a salon area for getting ready, a nice open room for the bride to get into her dress and a couple bedrooms and kitchen. The house became a focal point for all wedding party photos since it was a rainy day.

In my experience, I have seen some crazy things happen to the weather on wedding days but never had I experienced such a crazy stormy day in June! Rain brings such romantic cozy feeling but who would think to have a back up plan? Thankfully due to the venue having the capacity to set up dinner inside, the ceremony site was tented and then reception was set for inside.

All worked out to be such a perfect day and Janae looked stunning. I was lucky to have such a gorgeous couple to photograph!

Janaes bouquet was designed with cream peonies, David Austin Garden roses,  vendella roses, cream ranuculus, and cream spray roses. The bouquet handle was inspired by a pair of shoes Janae showed me.
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Janae is a hair dresser and having the salon set up right in the bridal suite was a great way to capture her in her own element.
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One of my favorites of the day. Her dad walked in moments before the ceremony began and so sweetly to fight back the tears, Janae was trying to distract herself by asking her dad for a knuckle touch.
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Simple candlescapes with the champagne dazzle linens were so elegant. Cream roses in rectangle vases were the perfect way to line the head table and creat a beautiful runner effect.
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Working with these distressed frames, another favorite of the day for me.
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Janae and Jason chose to do years for their tables numbers and gave a story to each year...cute and clever!
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Flowers and Photography - Natalie Galasso Designs
Venue and Catering - The Vista Ranch and Cellars
Make Up - Alex Hart
Hair - Becky Drum
DJ - Sounds in Motion
Invitations, Programs and Table Numbers - Jami Gibson
Cupcakes - Sweet Amanda B's