Shannon and Jon's wedding
October 15, 2007
I am so excited to share these beautiful pictures from Shannon and Jon's wedding (shot by the incredibly talented and wonderful Anna and Michael Costa. )
Shannon and Jon were SO much fun to work with. These two were the absolute sweetest and so much in love. It was a most perfect day full of love and laughter and all about celebrating family and friends.
The Firestone Crossroads estate provided the perfect rustic backdrop and the fresh coral and pink tones throughout the wedding added a vibrant summery elegance. There were tons of yummy peonies, ranunculus and dahlias mixed in with more rustic pieces of willow and branches of berries.
The ceremony took place under the Firestone's famous Oak tree. Shannon and Jon's good friend Mark officiated the ceremony while long flower strands swayed gently in the breeze from the tree's branches. The sky had the most intense shades of blues and pinks (caused by the smoke from the fire along San Marcos Pass..)
A gorgeous lounge area with white puffy couches made the cocktail area extra cozy and Shannon and Jon's good friend Dave played the most beautiful music on his guitar. (Shannon had always dreamed that her friend Dave would play at her wedding someday..)
For the reception, guests moved inside the barn where incredible branch centerpieces adorned the tables. The branches had dozens of white flowers individually wired to each branch and they looked as if they were just floating in the air. A most touching (and funny!) toast was given by Jon's 8 (yes, 8!) brothers and sisters.
Their fabulous vendors also included Pure Joy who created an amazing spread and as always were such a pleasure to work with.
Lisa Carter with Behind the Scenes who showed yet again that she is a floral genius!
Rachel with AMS Entertainment did a great job keeping guests on the dance floor.
Dawn at Decadence who created their oh-so-yummy wedding cake.
Julie Morgan did a beautiful job achieving Shannon's soft and elegant, totally romantic hair and makeup. (Not that she needed any help!) and Shanon looked absolutely stunning in her Kirstie Kelly gown.
Because of the heavy wind that comes through the Santa Ynez Valley, we secured these escort cards with a simple, shear ribbon- which helped the cards stay in place and looked gorgeous!
John with his most adorable little brother (the "flower boy") and sister (the "ring girl.")
Shannon could not have been a more beautiful bride!
How perfect are these peonies?!!
Perhaps my favorite detail of the day were these 7 foot long flower strands hanging all throughout the branches of the ceremony Oak. The way they glistened and glowed as the sun began to set was something magical.
I plan to steal this entire wedding. Hope the bride doesn't mind. :) Gorgeous!!
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.