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Michaela + McCann's Pastel, Floral Print Carmel Wedding //

Venue: Holman Ranch // Wedding coordination: Engaged & Inspired // Floral design: Michelle Lywood // Hair & makeup: Lindsay Dabalos // Rentals: Forage Vintage Rentals // Invitations: Minted // Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes // DJ: Jon Belmont Entertainment // Catering: Paradise Catering // Calligraphy: Grace Line Art // Film scans by Photovision //

From the Bride, Michaela: There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

Check out their engagement session that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

And their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty too!

July features //

Jessica & Chris's Carmel wedding is featured on 100 Layer Cake!

Kourtnie & Nathan's engagement session is featured on Ruffled blog!

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April/May features

Lisl & Andrew's Holly Farm wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty!

Sara & Garrett's proposal is featured on Ruffled!

Erin & Chente's wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty!

Alyx & Stephen's San Luis Obispo engagement session is featured on Magnolia Rouge!

Jessica & Chris's Santa Cruz engagement session is featured on Ever Ours!

September 2013 FEATURES

Courtney & Pat's wedding is featured on Wedding Chicks!

Christian & Shasta's wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty!

Codie's bridal shower is featured on Wedding Chicks!

Codie & Josh married! Santa Margarita, CA {Santa Margarita Ranch}

Codie & Josh's wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty!!

After both attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for two years, Josh and Codie finally crossed paths in no place other than Rizhao, China on a missions trip during the summer of 2011. While on the trip, they got to spend 6 weeks exploring the country that they both fell in love with, had a blast with the 31 now best friends that went on the trip with, and most importantly spent A LOT of time together. After the trip was over, they both left behind a piece of their heart in China, and brought back with them life-long friendships. However, Josh had been secretly hiding the feelings that he had developed for Codie all summer, and by the time the trip was over he knew he had to let her in on the secret. A week or two after they were back in the states, Josh spilled the news and asked if he could take her on a date. Codie said yes! Their first date began at the good 'ol ballpark watching a Giants vs. Cubs game, followed by some casual rollerblading through San Francisco, and ended with dinner at Cheesecake factory. When Josh gave Codie a rose, she knew he was a keeper! After close to a month of “dating”, Josh kept it casual and simply asked if Codie would be his girlfriend. She of course said YES, and on September 25th 2011 they began going steady! Who would have thought that close to a year from this moment she would be saying yes to a much more important question!

After spending a year growing together emotionally, spiritually and, most importantly, falling head over heels in love, Josh decided to ask for Codie’s hand on September 14th, 2012. He asked her father for his blessing, worked it out so there was a secret photographer, got down on one knee and even used her full name! Being the creative guy that he is, Josh proposed by using Photoshop to create personalized crayon labels that replaced the color names with the words “Will You Marry Me?” On top of that, he also had all of their closest friends waiting at his house for a surprise engagement party! Once again, Codie said A MILLION TIMES YES! After an 11-month engagement, they said "I do" at the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch this past Sunday!

Vendors: Twigss Floral Studio // Archive Rentals // Dwayne Taylor (DJ) // Ever After Artistry // Popolo Catering // Adam Griffin (chalkboards) // Tess Schiesl (cupcakes) // watercolorWEDNESDAY (paper goods) // Sweeter Waters Designs (event design) //

Check out their Holland Ranch engagement session that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

And that's my lovely couple who is getting married this September, Timmy & Anne:

Yep, that's my good friend Cody busting his moves on the dance floor!

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Kristin & Dave's wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty California today! Check out more from their wedding on my blog!

Holland Ranch engagement featured on Style Me Pretty California!!

One of my favorite engagement sessions from 2012 is featured on Style Me Pretty California today!! Check out this adorable couple at Holland Ranch!