Duet Weddings

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Out of the office July 28th-August 4th
July 28, 2008

Hi everyone!
I will be out of the office this week- from July 28th-August 4th. My wonderful husband is whisking me away for some much needed R&R- far away from our computers and phones! We are off to Riviera Maya, Mexico and could not be more excited. Will miss you all lots! Stay tuned to the blog next week, I am super excited to share some incredible wedding posts I have been putting together for you. :)


Martha, Martha, Martha
July 15, 2008
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Amber & Mike's wedding
July 11, 2008
I was so excited when my dear friends, the fabulous Cat and Adi at Next Exit Photography sent me the most gorgeous photos of Amber and Mike's wedding at the Firestone Crossroads estate. (A most favorite venue of mine!) Amber and Mike were such an unbelievable joy to work with- I still cannot believe how quickly the year of planning flew by! One of the sweetest couples I have ever had the joy of getting to know, I have no doubt we will be in touch for many years to come. For Amber and Mike's wedding we wanted to create an incredibly romantic feeling- something traditionally beautiful in a rustic outdoor setting.

The beautiful bride coming downstairs to see Mike for the first time..
Amber and Mike wrote their touching ceremony together the wonderful Rich Tobin.
I absolutely love this shot of Amber. She is so overcome with joy and emotion. These are my favorite kinds of photos.

The Firestone's couch in the vineyard? Why not?! Haha- Adi, you are a rock star!
Amber and Mike sharing a special moment on the dance floor.

How beautiful is this shot?

These yellow flowers growing wild on the property are so sweet looking.

Some fun details! Amber and Mike's guests happily shaded themselves with parasols, large urns overflowing with soft pink garden roses and eucalyptus flanked either side of the aisle at the ceremony.

More details~ distressed garden boxes held rough woodsy branches while clusters of pale pink garden roses and lisianthus softened the look. We had an artist create a sketch of the oak tree under which Amber and Mike would be married and carried the motif throughout the wedding.

Guests filled their tiny take-away boxes with fresh baked treats at the end of the night. Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, fruit tarts, etc.


Danielle & Matt's wedding
July 2, 2008
Danielle and Matt's wedding day is one of those days that still makes me smile each time I think of it and one that was so special to me. 
First, you could not meet a cooler, more down to earth and completely fun couple than these two. Danielle and Matt are both brilliant comedians and their incredible group of friends and family who joined together to celebrate their wedding day are also some of the funniest people in entertainment. Needless to say, the day was truly bursting at the seams with love and laughs- but was also one of the most touching and beautiful days I have ever been a part of.
There was such an overwhelming sense of love and joy in the air and genuine celebration for being all together for Danielle and Matt.
The wedding was held at one of my favorite locations- the gorgeous Gainey Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. 
I was beyond thrilled to work with the fabulous Amanda Bevington whose work I just love and who I completely adore! She and her husband Casey are so much fun.  She shared with me these beautiful photos from the incredible day which I just cannot get enough of. Enjoy!!

I loved Danielle's bouquet- sweetpeas and viburnum are two of my most favorite flowers.

Seriously- how gorgeous is Danielle?!
Such a cute shot in the barrel room. It was a cool escape from the hot weather outside!

Ahh.... the "wedding post!" This was Matt's awesome creation unveiled to all the day before the wedding. And in true hilarious fashion, the wedding post was of course accompanied with a story of the Santa Ynez Indians who had an "ancient tradition" of cutting down a tree and painting it white and placing "tribal corks" with "tribal table numbers stuck in them." Guests signed the post for Matt and Danielle. Brilliant.

With record high temperatures, we ran out to the local store to pick up popsicles for the guests to enjoy upon arrival.

I love this shot of Matt seeing Danielle for the first time that day.

Amanda is a genius with these detail shots! How incredible are those grapes?

The ceremony space at Gainey is absolutely beautiful.

The ceremony was so full of emotion- both heartfelt and hilarious. I laughed and cried the whole time. 

My favorite shot of the day.  :)

Some table details- each table had a mix of succulents and soft white sweetpeas and tulips.

Quite possibly the best wedding toast I have ever witnessed. (Given by Matt's fellow UCB'ers.)

Matt's reaction to the last line is Amy Poehler's toast. The water I was drinking came through my nose I was laughing so hard.

The beginning of the first dance. It started sweet and slow to Moonriver.... but then it busted into this masterpiece.. more below.

Now for the story of the greatest surprise "first dance" EVER. Inspired by a spoof which Matt wrote and directed based off of the dance movie genre, they decided to surprise their guests with something completely awesome. The "Bad Newz Bears," a dance crew out of Los Angeles, were secretly hired to come to the wedding. The guys from the crew dressed as waiters and were on the floor "serving" guests for about an hour before the dance began..
Danielle and Matt started painfully slow to "Moonriver" and you could almost see guests squirming in their seats as they watched Danielle and Matt's middle school style rendition of a first dance. About a minute into the song, the cd began skipping and Danielle and Matt looked toward the DJ in confusion and shock. (Of course, I could not keep my eyes off the guests and their reactions..) As the DJ was "fumbling" to fix the "skip" the song started thumping into a sweet, old school hip hop beat, to which Danielle and Matt decided to all at once bust into a crazy choreographed number. A minute later, out of nowhere, a "waiter" (who was standing near the dance floor) jumped onto the floor and joined the dance. Before you knew it, things began to get competitive and Danielle and Matt become involved in a dance-off in true "You Got Served" style. Another "waiter" jumped onto the floor and the dance-off continued. By the end, a total of 5 guys were on the floor. Finally the dance off was mediated by one of the guys and Danielle and Matt come together to conclude the dance. It was one of the most completely fantastic things I have ever seen. It was such a fun way to kick off the rest of the night.

I loved the look of the luminaries when the sun went down. They bring such a beautiful warmth to the evening sky.
Danielle and Matt cutting their yummy cake before heading off to the after-party. What a gorgeous night! :)


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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.

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