MB & CB's wedding, Part I
November 17, 2008
I was just beside myself giddy with delight when one of my most favorite photographers ever, the incredible- Leigh Miller, emailed to tell me part I of MB & CB's wedding was ready. You see, I have been anxiously checking Leigh's blog every day hitting refresh every hour, every day for the last week. Scary-obsessive-stalker-ish? Definitely. But, once you see these images and this most incredible wedding you will understand! The photos are absolutely dreamy and completely capture the beauty of the day. Leigh- you blow me away every time!!
Planning this wedding was the ultimate joy for me, especially because I have gained SUCH a wonderful friendship from it!
MB and I got together a few nights ago to celebrate with a glass of vino and reflected on the gorgeous wedding weekend and the amazing journey in planning it. From initial planning meetings, our many road trips to wine country together and everything in between- it has been such an honor to work with these two.
When I first met MB and CB it was an instant connection. MB is one of those people who is just so full of life- the way she lights up every time she tells the story of how she and CB met, her completely infectious smile and laugh, she is the kind of person you just want to know. The kind of person who would think of her wedding planner (and florist) and buy them fancy chocolates because they are infused with the flower you have suggested using.. Really, I have the best clients in the WORLD.
MB and CB can throw a serious party. (You should see CB’s skills in the kitchen..) So it was only fitting that they envisioned an elegant and warm dinner party under the stars. I couldn't wait to get started in finding a perfect location to throw this fabulous fete. The Tres Hermanas Winery- a small vineyard tucked away along the Foxen trail deep in the Santa Ynez Valley- provided a most incredible setting and we lucked out with beautiful wine country weather which was perfect for a completely enchanting evening. The wedding was just oozing with gorgeous and personal details (including using family heirlooms throughout- all of the table linens, napkins and vases had been passed down through the generations, some over 100 years old!) The palette was antique and muted tones of pewter, dusty lavender, and shades of soft white. An emphasis was placed on dried lavender- evoking both the bounty of the region and the vintage aesthetic of the day. Elegant creamy white garden roses, gardenia, hydrangea and silvery dusty miller were among the flowers to soften the look.
Enjoy the photos below!!
School buses were used to transport guests from the beautiful Santa Ines Mission to the vineyard.
As a playful touch for the schoolbuses, I created little lunch sacks for each seat which held a shiny red apple, a wine 'juice box' , a #2 pencil and a 'pop quiz' about the newlyweds. An old-school mead composition notebook was passed around the seats for the guests to sign notes to the couple.
I absolutely LOVED the bridesmaid bouquets- fragrant lavender bundles cuffed with soft, silvery dusty miller. The always amazing Camille provided all of the flowers for the day.
We made small lavender bundles to grace each heirloom napkin. Little paper ribbons marked individual place settings at the head table.
A silhouette artist created little works of art for guests at cocktail hour.
One silhouette was for guests to keep and the other we strung along a clothesline for a beautiful display (which CB and MB got to keep!)
Bella Vista provided the chandeliers which hung from the ancient oak tree were absolutely incredible and provided HUGE impact. (They were as tall as me!)
Not only was the menu the most impressive and creative I have ever seen, Duo's staff was really out of this world. Duo and Duet- what a great team!! (hehe, we had some fun with this..)
One of the courses- 'Santa Barbara Caprese'- heirloom tomatoes, grilled melon and tempura avocado. Mmm..
Stay tuned! Part II is up next.
Are you kidding me with those sack lunches? Too cute, Rebecca!!!
adooooore the delicious details of this wedding. the wine juice boxes are too much. i NEED the silhouette artist info; can you bring it to our date tomorrow? ;-) i'm always in awe of your gorgeous work. xoxo
thank you rebecca! you always blow me away. im so excited every time we get to work together. you have such a unique and creative vision! see you soon - leigh
Oh i LOOOOVE this! It's so gorgeous. Could I ask where those fantastic candleholders are from?
Such a lovely wedding. Makes me wish I were there.
The backdrop were breathtaking. That simply draw the wedding that i always dreamed of. Those details of yours are amazing and very attractive... just love it! I have seen several table decors at americanbridal.com - as stunning as yours.
OK, so I have to admit, I just saved ALL of your photos to my idea file (don't worry - I won't misuse them, I'll just keep them for ideas). Every detail is just what I enjoy doing. You just nailed this event! Giant bouquets of baby's breath (a personal fav), wine barrel belly-ups (very cool), casual yet elegant (and yummy-looking) cake, foosball for the kids (I actually have not seen that before), silhouette clothesline (by my favorite silhouette artist), cute school field trip details (I agree with the "are you kidding me with those brown bag..." comment!), great centerpieces, and everything else! What a cool bride and groom to really get in the spirit of things with you! Great photographer, too!
Thanks for providing your vendors!
Suzanne the Party Girl in Los Angeles
Those were spectacular wedding photos! It really gives great inspiration and ideas for soon to be wed couples everywhere!
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.