San Diego Featured Wedding Goes Cross Country: The Barn Wedding you've been waiting for!

We've found them. We've found the king and queen of the wedding style that took this year by storm; "rustic elegance." This has definitely been a major trend lately, and Chip and Hollie Williams have mastered the look. We found this couple across the country in West Virginia, where they were married with over 300 guests in attendance! The ceremony was actually delayed due to rain, but with a venue like Virginia's Confluence Resort, we can understand why everyone stuck around! Of course the bride and groom were the stars of the show, however, the barn backdrop certainly is hard to take your eye of off! All of the little rustic details, such as the lace detailing, gorgeous florals and vintage couch, made for stunning pictures. 

Photographer: Kelli Carrico Photography // Floral Designer: Bessie's Floral Designs, Inc // DJ: Cucumber and Company // Cinema and Video: EJF Video // Dress Designer: Enzoani // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jean Ann's Bridal & Prom Fashions //Event Venue: The Confluence Resort

Destination Mountain Wedding Shines with Gentle, Down Home Style

Just looking through this lovely, down home West Virginia [as the song says 'almost heaven'!] wedding can makes a San Diego girl want to throw off her shoes and run up the mountain like Julie Andrews! With a beautiful, historic carriage house as the setting, sweet and simple florals and lots of cookies baked by family, the sun dappled mountain vistas provide the perfect backdrop for the culmination of two families to come together for life. 

Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography//Event Venue:Adaland Mansion//Bakery:Bake and Memories//Dress Designer: Carrie's Bridal Collection//Floral Designer:Country Blooms//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Olivario's Bridal//

Park your Peepers on this Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot that Puts on the Ritz in an old Speak Easy

Roll your stockings down and grab your flask it's a swanky wedding styled shoot in an old Speakeasy that we think is just swell! Inside this story-filled venue take a gander at the pocket door leading into The Ballroom you’ll find two holes, the upper hole was utilized to visualize anyone seeking access, the lower of the two holes was utilized for the weapon that helped ensure there was no trouble. 

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography: Uriel Photography    
Venue:  Speakeasy on State
Florist: Sweet Stems Florist
Bakery: Muffin Top Bakery
Design: Laurenish Design    
Production: Gonzalez Productions    
Makeup Artist: Makeup artistry by Mirna
Hair Stylist: Anna Bianca Hair    
Bridal Gown: Adina’s Bridal    
Groom's Fashion: Friars Tux Shop
Table: Modern Table Company    

The History of Speakeasy on State:

Finished in 1899, the Columbia building was the last building built on the first block of E. State Street and has been utilized for gatherings both large and small. Located on Redland's iconic State Street, this historic gem has been closed for use since 1948. Speakeasy on State offers 4000 square feet of elegance, mixed with beautiful hard woods, raw exposed brick, and the
finest period specific details - found nowhere else in tow. Proudly representing the heartbeat of downtown Redlands, Speakeasy on State boasts two large gathering rooms, each with their own distinct feel, a bridal suite, restrooms, and a preparation kitchen. Opposite the entrance, Speakeasy on State lets out into the charming City of Redlands Alley Park, perfect for outdoor socializing. Karl C. Wells was an astute businessman and banker in Redlands during the mid to late 1800s. Mr. Wells was responsible for donating the original land to found the University of Redlands in 1907. Wells had for a long time dreamed of owning a downtown business building but was unable until 1899. The majority of East State St. had been built up during the late 1880s; however the only structure standing at 10 E. State St. was the home of M. F. Pierce which was removed by force due to a fire ordinance enforced by the city. In 1899, Wells christened his “Columbia” building and it was first occupied by Meserve’s Clothing Store the following year. Only a few years later in 1902 the Redlands City Directory shows the upstairs of 10 E. State St. was utilized as a meeting lodge for a fraternal organization founded during the American Civil War named The Knights of Pythias.

By the late 1930s, the building was home to a chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The City of Redlands leased the VFW hall to host community dances and as a recreation center. The city continued its usage of the building through the 1940s. Following the end of World War II (1945) the VFW moved to a different location. According to the City of Redlands Archives usage of the second floor of the Columbia building during this time is lacking.
The building was most recently purchased in 2012 and the second floor has been completely restored with some modern updates. It is understood that the upstairs portion of 10 E. State St. was utilized during the Prohibition Era (1922-1933) as a speakeasy (aka. illegal drinking spots).
Speakeasy on State is still equipped with its red light which helped indicate to customers the need to hide all alcohol. 

Darling Vintage Wedding Warms Hearts at Equestrian Center

Sweet pink roses, baby's breath, cacti and eucalyptus, handmade decor and details at an Equestrian Center in rural Murietta, California all added up to an effortless and very personal day full of sunshine that mirrored the warmth of Amy and Jeff's love. See the complete wedding here....


Adorable ring pillows with a vintage feel and lots of sweetness

Take a peek at how sweet these handmade ring pillows are for your ring bearer! Created by  Cultivar and sold on Esty we think these are just the cutest things! 

Cultivar started as an accident and opened with no plan or expectations. While recovering and bedridden after brain surgery in 2009, Katie Jeanne Reim began experimenting with making fabric flowers for her new short haircut. With so much time on her hands, a few flowers quickly turned into a living room full. 

As Katie grew stronger and was able to spend more time off the couch, she started a small online shop and posted a few flowers which quickly sold and motivated her to keep going and make more pieces. In the years that followed, Cultivar evolved into a real business and a very full time job.

All of Cultivar creations flowers start with reclaimed or new fabric and are hand cut, hand molded and hand sewn. Owner Katie Jeanne Reim says "I am addicted to searching for vintage jewelry, antique lace and romantic supplies to add to my creations. I just love being able to create the perfectly unique piece for a bride to show off on her wedding day and to treasure forever after....

...I have been overwhelmed with the love and support I’ve received from my customers. I may work long hours but I find joy in every minute of it. I am incredibly grateful to have my health and to spend every day doing what I love."

The Vintage Bohemian Lounge Trend: an update by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals

Vintage / Bohemian / Lounge- It’s the perfect confluence of 3 major trends in the wedding industry- casual seating options for guests, unique tailored-to-the-bride styling and a big emphasis on doing something different. So how to make this vision come to life? Start with the basic building blocks: your first step is furniture rentals. We stopped in with Lauren Sharon of Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals for some tips on creating this exciting look!

“You don’t need a lot of furniture to make an impact as long as it’s styled appropriately. The Boho look is all about layering. Textures, patterns and finishes- it’s all fair game. Start simply with a bold oversized sofa- it will anchor your lounge and provide ample seating. From there, warm up the space with pillows and rugs. Mix a variety of textures and colors: jute rugs, ikat pillows and sequined Moroccan wedding blankets are great choices."

Lauren also recommends mixing wood and metallic finishes in the side tables and decor for an eclectic, worldly look. “We’re staging a curated hodgepodge- as if these were treasures from years of traveling the globe.” Pick 2-3 decor items that speak to you, i.e. candelabras, statuary, picture frames, etc, and feature them! Guests love to see something unexpected so have fun shopping for decor. Lauren admits she’s used bathtubs as coffee table and piles of ropes as ottomans- don’t be afraid to feature your pieces in unconventional ways.

Lastly- incorporate green plants. “The bohemian look is inherently tied to the earth so embrace it!” Talk with your florist about hanging and draping garlands or rent mature plants and trees- either way, no great lounge is complete without greenery.

The vintage bohemian lounge is a trend that’s here to stay. The options are limitless which is why we love it so much! If this sounds like a job for someone else, no worries- call a wedding designer! 

With a background in fine art- custom building and design, having creative fun comes easy to Lauren Sharon.

When you see Lauren's warehouse, you get an idea of her passion for creating spectacular, unique events but it's not just about furniture. They offer exceptional service and design, they make the design process easy and they make your wedding ideas come to life!  Visit the warehouse by appointment 7 days a week


Candlelight's glow and Autumn's richest colors make for one gorgeous styled shoot!

This beautiful styled shoot called "Fig & Fawn" was inspired by Autumn's deep, rich colors and the warmth and glow of candlelight. What could be more romantic?! We love the richness of deep plum, combined with the softness of rustic grey, contrasted with the metallic copper. 

Bringing mixed metals and unique materials together created an amazing dimension of effects through pattern, color and texture. From the vintage furniture to the tablescapes, the couture wedding dress to the vibrant jewelry, nothing speaks more to rustic elegance than this eclectic mix. The tables were designed with vintage black china, gold silverware and handpicked goblets along with deep plum napkins and hand calligraphy wooden place cards. Adding incredible depth were the florals of amnesia and lavender roses, thistle, Queen Anne's lace, silver dollar eucalyptus and copper painted succulents draping down from above and across the table. The table was finished with gorgeous high-backed vintage chairs and the glow from numerous tiered brass candle sticks. Romantic and charming, we hope that this inspires all couples who are currently planning a vintage fall wedding! Please click any image to see the whole styled shoot feature...enjoy!

and the artists who brought you this gorgeous shoot are....

Photographer: Stegela Photography
Venue:  The Bash Boutique
Designer:  Couture Events
Gown/ Fashion: Elle Bridal Boutique
Floral:  Dinah's Floral Studio
Makeup/hair:  Unveiled Bridal Beauty
Calligrapher: Four Things Paper
Rentals:   CC Vintage Rentals
Cake:  Jenny Wenny Cakes
Baker: Le Parfait Paris
Tablescape Rentals:  Not My Dish
Model: Camilla Thurman