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Tuscan-Inspired California Wedding at The Villa San Juan Capistrano

January 21, 2017 | juliette

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After a nine-month adventure exploring 23 countries, immersing themselves in foreign cultures, and getting engaged in Bali, it was perfectly fitting that Leah and Skyler’s wedding at The Villa San Juan Capistrano had an old-world vibe that was rich in both culture and elegance. In addition to the traditional wedding events, the couple had a sofreyé aghd ceremony to pay tribute to the bride’s Persian background. Joy n’ Company selected romantic and timeless details that complemented the naturally gorgeous wedding venue, including lush green and white floral arrangements by Bloom Babes and rustic accents for both the ceremony and reception. The bride’s silk Karen Willis Holmes gown and cathedral-length Mantilla lace veil perfectly channeled the elegant, old-world vibe of the entire day (and looked absolutely stunning!). We love how Plum & Oak Photo captured every detail with such creativity and passion!

The Couple:

Leah and Skyler

The Wedding:

The Villa San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California

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Before I went wedding dress shopping, I knew I wanted a Cathedral length Mantilla lace veil. The dress I ended up choosing complemented it by being very simple and elegant, made of raw silk with structured stitching detail.

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I surprised my groom with his wedding day gift by having Jeff, who runs the Shinola Watch Shop in Venice, CA, drive down to SJC with three watch choices that I had pre-selected. Skyler got to choose the one he wanted before we met at the aisle. He was totally taken aback.

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Skyler‘s ring was made from the same gold as his late Father’s wedding band.

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We chose The Villa San Juan Capistrano because it is unique, romantic, intimate, and outdoors. We wanted our wedding to feel organic to the space – natural and not forced. There were no specific colors, just neutrals, whites, and green florals, blush dresses, navy and grey suits, and a pop of color with the Bougainvillea at the altar.

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Our families were really involved in the entire day. My Aunt Samira made our wedding cake, and my Aunt Kim was our officiant. My Aunt Kathy and Uncle Majid created our Sofreh Aghd (Persian tradition), my Uncle gave our wedding blessing, and Skyler‘s Mom sang a song. My cousins were our ushers at the ceremony, and my brothers stood on my side as we got married.

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I made the escort cards by taking broken Terra-cotta tiles and painting them to look like old Spanish/Italian tiles, then writing the guests’ names and table numbers on them.

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If we had to pick one moment that was the most memorable, it would be looking out at all our loved ones, dancing and celebrating at the reception. It’s absolutely overwhelming having so many people you love in one place, there for the two of you.

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Processional – “Better Man” by Paolo Nutini
Recessional – “Canary in a Coalmine” by The Police
First Dance – “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Plum & Oak Photo
Event Planning – Joy n’ Company
Venue – The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Floral Design – Bloom Babes
Videography – byDesign Films
Invitations – Camille Robinson
Makeup Artist – Elizabeth Root
Hair Styling – Katie L’Heureux
Wedding Dress – Karen Willis Holmes via Elle Bridal Boutique
Bridal Accessories – Schutz Shoes
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Reformation
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Watch – Shinola Watch Shop
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals

 

Congratulations to Leah and Skyler on your beautiful wedding, and a special thanks to Plum & Oak Photo for sharing their photos with us! Love the old-world elegance this wedding captured? Then you’ll want to see all of the old-world details in this richly romantic Australian wedding at Deux Belettes!

xo

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Intimate Edgy Winter Wedding Inspiration

January 20, 2017 | juliette

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The brilliant styling mind of Dominika Bronner created a visual wonderland with this intimate and edgy winter wedding inspiration. The primarily white, gold, and sage color palette sets a fresh and airy vibe and the couple’s fab style – including a lace Victoria Ruesche dress and gold crown – add an unexpected yet beautiful edge. The hand-lettered signs by Design Type Lover give a whimsical nod to Alice in Wonderland, and the Goldregen Floral Design arrangements and wreaths tie in the natural elegance of winter. We love how Kathrin Krok Fotografie played with lighting and angles to capture all of the details in this shoot!

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Kathrin Krok Fotografie
Event Planning, Makeup Artist, and Hair Styling – Dominika Bronner
Venue – Homburger Papiermuehle
Floral Design – Goldregen Floral Design
Catering – Erika Horwath
Singer – Vanessa Miller
Videography – Frau Skroblies und Freunde
Hand Lettering and Invitations – Design Type Lover
Headpieces – Jannie Baltzer
Wedding Dress – Victoria Ruesche

 

A huge thanks to Dominika Bronner for sharing this edgy styled shoot with us! Looking for more winter wedding inspiration? Check out this fashionably cozy winter wedding inspiration!

xo

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This Elegant Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell Has the Most Breathtaking Backdrop

January 20, 2017 | juliette

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Tiffany and Tom knew they wanted a magnificent backdrop for their wedding day, so choosing The Little Nell, which is nestled in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, was a no-brainer! The couple loved the relaxed yet sophisticated feel of the town, and their wedding reflected those same vibes. Their outdoor ceremony took place on top of a cliff that had a perfect view of the mountains, and their reception was in the cozy Aspen Mountain Club lodge, which they decorated in an airy palette of white, green, and light pink. The bride wore a breathtaking Inbal Dror gown and mesh Christian Louboutin sandals. Adonye Jaja Photography and Magnified Joy beautifully captured the couple’s unique style and the location’s incredible views!

The Couple:

Tiffany and Tom

The Wedding:

The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

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The wedding weekend style was completely edited and styled for each event. I wanted the look to be classic, glamorous, and with lots of pale neutrals like ivory, blush, and shades of nude. For the wedding day, I chose a statement dress with tons of beading, lace, and layers upon layers of tulle with a long train. As to let the dress speak for itself, I went with simple diamond studs, my wedding ring, and a beaded hair clip that was custom designed to match the dress. The look was exactly what I envisioned, and I hope proves to be timeless! The bridesmaids wore any dress they wanted in shades of neutrals.

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We chose Aspen because we love the mix of outdoor activities, small friendly town feel, and the sophistication similar to NYC where we live. It best represents our personalities!

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The most important part of planning our wedding was the backdrop! We wanted a naturally beautiful setting and a place where our friends and family could enjoy the weekend together. The small town of Aspen, Colorado was perfect for this! 

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The most memorable part of the day was Tom‘s vows. They stole the show and there was not a dry eye in the place!

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We planned a special tribute to our dog because he couldn’t join in person. We named our wedding website “Walter the Grey” (for our beloved greyhound Walter) and had that name printed on the straws for our specialty cocktail drink, which was a Greyhound.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Adonye Jaja Photography
Second Shooter – Magnified Joy
Event Planning – Gold Leaf Planning
Ceremony Venue – The Little Nell
Reception Venue – Aspen Mountain Club
Floral Design – Carolyn’s Florist
Wedding Dress – Inbal Dror
Bridal Accessories – Christian Louboutin and Paris by Debra Moreland

 

Congratulations to Tiffany and Tom, and a special thanks to Adonye Jaja Photography and Magnified Joy for sharing these gorgeous photos with us! Looking for more mountain wedding inspiration? Check out this free-spirited Grandfather Mountain wedding!

xo

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