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Elegant + Modern California Ranch Wedding

When I see the words “ranch wedding” there’s a certain image that comes to mind. And while we love our rustic weddings dearly, this bride did it on her own terms…without a mason jar or speck of burlap in sight. She opted for modern black and white stripes with pops of gold, and along with the help of Vanessa NoelSweet Memories and Anna Delores embodies what the SMP wedding is all about.

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From Vanessa Noel Events… Ariana and Taylor’s wedding was one filled with tribute–to their families, their heritages, and to their faith. Ariana’s father, like so many in California’s Central Valley, is a farmer. Ariana grew up on a dairy in the middle of hundreds of acres of almond trees so it only made sense that she and Taylor would get married in her hometown church with a reception on a ranch. But Ariana didn’t want the details that we’ve come to expect from a ranch wedding–no burlap, lace or chippy paint here. Ariana wanted a classic, elegant style that she knew she’d love for years to come.

We put together a palette of black and white, with lots of gold touches and beautiful, lush greenery to bring in the perfect nod to Taylor’s Irish roots and the March wedding date. Crisp black and white stripes brought sophistication to the decor while flowing garlands added soft romance and just the right touch of “country.”

Specialty linens, all-white lounge furniture, and an escort card display of mirrors brought glamor to the rustic venue. The tulips in the centerpieces, the stroopwafel (wafer cookie) favors, and the horse and buggy were all tributes to Ariana’s Dutch heritage. In fact, Ariana’s parents rode on the very same horse and buggy (owned by a local Dutch family) when they were married over 20 years ago!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Agape Films | Styling: Vanessa Noel Events | Florist: Sweet Memories | Cake: Goodies Cookies | Ceremony: Tulare Community Church | Reception: Koetsier Ranch | Hair Stylist: Kaitlynd Griffin | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events | Draping: KSB Company | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Randi June Style | Photography - Assistance: Emily Kappen

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Classic Spring St. Louis Wedding

You know those photographers who just always get it right? Well, Clary Pfeiffer is one of them. She takes an editorial approach to just about anything she captures, and when a stunning St. Louis affair is at her fingertips, you know she’ll deliver. BIG time. Head to the gallery for a first-hand peek and don’t miss the film from Sweet Tea Media.

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From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyToday I’m submitting a wedding from St. Louis. There are a lot of classically gorgeous details in the brides dress and the grooms black tux. My favorite moments of the day was photographing the couples ceremony which looks like an old romantic European church and the couple dancing out on roof during sunset under twinkle lights. I’ve attached the information below along with more details from the bride and groom.

From the Bride and Groom… We met through mutual high school friends four years ago when we were in college at different universities. We both grew up in St. Louis, and were in the same extended social circle during high school, although we had only met each other in passing. Our mutual friends introduced us when we were both home for the holidays and we hit it off. As the first few dates came and went, we both found ourselves asking the same question: Where have you been all this time?

Oddly enough, our relationship was fostered over long distance in the first two years. It goes without saying that it was difficult, and being away from our families only made it more so. Fortunately, we each were given opportunities to return to our hometown. We knew we wanted to continue our lives with all of our family and friends surrounding us, so we jumped at the chance.

Returning home truly cemented our relationship. Marriage was always in the back of both of our minds, but this made both of us certain that we wanted to be together forever. Just over a year after returning to St. Louis, we got engaged at a rooftop restaurant. Rustic string lights illuminated the border; the Arch was in the distant background; both of our families were hiding inside; it was perfect.

We envisioned a warm, elegant, classic wedding. We are so grateful for the unbelievable efforts of all our vendors, the incredible planning help from both of our mothers, and the outpouring of love from our families and friends that made our wedding perfect in every way. We had so much fun creating personalized touches throughout the day including the St. Louis themed welcome boxes that greeted each traveler at the hotel, the homemade chocolates that served as favors and place cards for our guests, the family wedding photos displayed in the cocktail space, and pictures of the bride and groom that adorned each table.

And it wasn’t just the wedding day that was so spectacular. The entire weekend was filled with friends and family; laughs and love. Our weekend began with a fabulous rehearsal dinner in the same building where we got engaged, and ended with farewell brunch and a family outing at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the day after the wedding. From start to finish, every moment of every event was wonderful. And we had the perfect person with us to capture it all.

We are so happy we chose Clary Pfeiffer – we fell in love with the beautiful work she does. Clary has a way of making everyone feel relaxed and natural. She perfectly depicted the details of our day along with all the love that we have for each other. Furthermore, she captured many of the details that we missed, and did so in a way that allowed us to relive the day. Her ability to capture a moment, whether staged or spontaneous, was truly amazing.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Floral Design: Twisted Willow | Ceremony Venue: The Shrine Of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Chase Park Plaza Starlight Roof | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company

Sonoma Ranch Wedding Inspired by All Things French

If you have a love for all things French or an affinity for a good glass of bubbly then you will adore this gem to bits. It’s French countryside by way of Sonoma captured in such a pretty way by Jose Villa. With layered neutrals, hand-crafted signage and wildly elegant flowers and garland designed by Flower Wild and planned by Rosemary Events  this talented bunch has made some serious magic.

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From Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Events … Marilyn & Spencer came to me in search of the perfect intimate, European style setting for a French inspired wedding. We found it in a charming Sonoma villa on a beautiful 75 acre Sonoma Ranch and designed a wedding for them celebrating all their favorite things – all things French.

Their hilltop ceremony was at a lookout at the top of the ranch with views of the surrounding countryside. Marilyn arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce. Kate Holt from Flowerwild added the finishing touches to the already gorgeous setting with loosely grouped herbs tied with silk ribbon streamers on the aisle. Garlands of Pittosborum lined the path. Framing the couple on either side of the stage were large baskets spilling with clematis, bridal veil, spirea, garden roses and other various blooms.

Afterwards, the couple led a procession down the hill to the home where the reception was held. On arrival guests sipped champagne and enjoyed a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie while listening to the sounds of Ever Music Jazz ensemble. The delicious French inspired meal was prepared by Ramekins, Sonoma and featured many of Marilyn & Spencer’s favorites.

Guests dined on a beautiful stone patio set beneath towering redwoods where they were seated at long wood tables. The area was lit with stringer lights and tons of candlelight. Gorgeous white florals and caramel roses were set on a burlap runner that was laid over a layer of very loosely woven cheesecloth on the wood tables for a softer more feminine feel.

At each place setting ceramic coupe chargers were graced with a white & taupe grain sack striped napkin from La Tavola Linen. Atop the napkin was a “taupe on white letterpressed” menu and a singular bloom of garden rose. At each guests’ seat was a hand calligraphed place card in the form of a mini butcher paper scroll that wrapped around the stem of the wine glass.

A French wine riddling rack from Chateau Sonoma was filled with floral and little butcher paper cones for guests to drop well wishes for bride and groom

When guests came back into the house for dancing, the room was a glow with amazing candelabras. A beautiful dessert station & wedding cake by Sweet on Cake offered a sweet finish to the meal. Marilyn even arranged a surprise Guittard Hot Chocolate station for Spencer so he could indulge in his favorite after dinner treat. The couple kicked off the dancing with “Let it be Me” by Ray La Montagne and didn’t stop dancing until the bitter end. It was a gorgeous evening.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Event Planning: Rosemary Hattenbach Of Rosemary Events | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Ramekins Culinary School | Hair And Makeup: Mar Romero Of Team Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Lighting: Twilight Design | Grooms Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Officiant: Dan Melligan | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Jewlery: Haute Bride | Day Of Papers: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Flowers: Kate Holt Of Flower Wild | French Wine Rack: Chateau Sonoma | Music: Ever Music Group | Music: DJ Goyo | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Car (59 Rolls Royce): San Francisco Limousine | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Anderson Ranch

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Pop Art Wedding Inspiration

I’m all about breaking the “mold” and when it comes in the form of one absurdly cool shoot from Magnificent Milestones, you better believe things are about to get good. Inspired by the ’60′s Pop Art movement and translated into a wedding setup  - not to mention the most amazing floral backdrop by Dilly Lily - the gallery from Amanda Hein is modern bride’s heaven on earth.

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From Magnificent MilestonesOne of the most familiar representations of Americana and the party decade of the 1960s, the Pop Art Movement also acted as inspiration for this colorful shoot. From bold, saturated colors and fonts to cheeky floral portraits of the bride and groom, the details came together to create a party as lively as the couple it celebrates. This perfectly executed shoot, captured by Amanda Hein Photography, drew on the spirit of sheer joy and vibrancy that can be found in Pop Art and in celebrations of love everywhere.

The crisp, clean venue of Chez-Chicago, new to the city of Chicago, added contemporary glamour to the festive details and provided an elegant backdrop to the amped-up color palette of the décor.

Invitations, menus, and other punchy paper pieces created by Magnificent Milestones used multiple Pop Art elements, from geometric designs and patterns to ultra-Mod fonts. Splashes of lively pinks, oranges, yellows, and reds reflected the energetic soul central to Pop Art. Even Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans made an appearance, acting as labels for veggie chips as colorful as their surroundings!

The expertly selected floral arrangements, done by Dilly Lily/Christine Noelle Design, were a kaleidoscopic vision of hot pinks, sunny yellows, and vivid tangerines. The floral mosaics of the couple drew on the work of Roy Lichtenstein—another respected Pop Art personality. Renowned for his comic strip-inspired paintings, Lichtenstein used large dots in bold colors in the same technique used to print graphic novels and cartoons. These playful portraits added an ultra-personal touch while keeping with the lighthearted theme.

The floral centerpieces and the bright white tables from Tablescapes were a match made in heaven. The crisp, clean surroundings were reflected flawlessly in the simple, bright white furniture, creating a stunning contemporary canvas for the Pop Art-inspired details.

This play between contemporary flair and Pop Art playfulness was further repeated in the fabulous fare from Entertaining Company—from the vibrant, fresh green color of the chimichurri and triangular shapes of the New Zealand baby lamb chops, to the bold circles found in the Round Crabcake and the Layered Vegetable Tian with heirloom tomatoes, to the vibrant Blood Orange Martini. We absolutely loved the application of geometric shapes and bright colors found throughout the shoot!

Photography: Amanda Hein Photography | Floral Design: Dilly Lily | Catering: Entertaining Company | Paper: Magnificent Milestones | Rentals: Tablescapes | Wedding Venue: Chez Chicago

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