15 05, 2012

Sunstone Villa Photoshoot Featured on Style Me Pretty

By |2012-05-15T11:57:17+00:00May 15th, 2012|Featured|

Santa Ynez Wedding Photo Shoot by Mark Brooke Photography + Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

May 15th. 2012 by A. Blaire | Filed Under | 11 comments

What do you get when you combine a team of talents, the gorgeous Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez and some seriously beautiful inspiration? Apparently you get layer upon layer of photo shoot perfection. Pick your jaw off the floor perfection. Pin every picture perfection. Every romantic detail of this Italian villa meets California sunshine shoot was carefully curated by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events and beautifully captured by Mark Brooke Photography – giving us so much pretty we could swoon all the live long day. And trust me, with a work of art cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop, serious styling TEAM Hair & Makeup and SO much more – there is a LOT to swoon over. See it all here!

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Invitations By / Prairie Rose Press
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Photography By / Mark Brooke Photography
Event Planning + Styling By / Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events

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From Rani Hoover of Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events I am so pleased to share my inspiration for the villa shoot at The Sunstone Winery. I came across this amazing property while scouting for venues with a couple from LA and fell instantly in love. The property is a “green” property with in-floor heating, made from over than 80% reclaimed materials that were shipped over  from France and designed and built by the parents of the current owner. Nestled in the Sunstone Vineyard, which is an organic estate vineyard, and sitting atop a bluff overlooking the river valley in Santa Ynez, I couldn’t wait to plan a shoot using every inch of the property. This shoot became very special to many of the vendors contributing as we learned the history of the property, styled the shoot with amazing vintage heirloom pieces and planned every detail from the heart.

The inspiration: A two-story Italian Villa sits atop a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive trees with views to die for and all of the charm of a privately-owned estate. The couple elopes to their family estate and invites their closest family and friends to enjoy a glass of welcome sparkling wine with floating hibiscus and follow the ribboned flags to the wishing wall. Once there, the guests are asked to write a wish for the bride and groom and lace it in the wishing wall before joining them for an intimate and lavish dinner in front of the villa. After dinner, guests witness a sunset ceremony overlooking the valley under a standing oak tree lit by a field of lanterns. Post-ceremony fireside port, cigars, cake and truffles are waiting before they depart in classic style.

The details, design and style all reflect the feel of a couple who have pulled the most cherished items from their family home to create a lavish tablescape full of love and personal touches — a truly intimate ceremony full of lanterns, and candlelight and dessert by the fire, surrounded by loved ones. If the love is in the details, the beautiful sky-blue La Tavola linen feels like the bride pulled down a 14 foot drapery to dress the table, the hand painted place cards cling to the bone china Herand bowls and top the jars of freshly-jarred olives from the orchard. Even the scallop on the label mirrors the front door wood carving. The bride’s heirloom pieces of jewelry are her family’s treasured pieces made to feel as grand as the backdrop of the villa. I have also drawn inspiration for this shoot from a personal hand woven rug I’ve always loved and used it to anchor a 13-foot table lined with daylight candles. The flames of silk ribbon with touches of leather, wood, vintage furs, antique Christofle silver, heirloom Herend bone china (loaned from a friend) and to-die-for vintage Chanel and Vrba jewels. I love the elements of fire and air so these are present throughout, along with an air of mystery and surprise touches intended to inspire such as the welcome table and the wishing wall. Toss in beautiful classical guitar wafting through the villa and cap off the evening off with a vintage 1941 Cadillac appointed with silk ribbons and a floral medallion. Perfection!

Photography: Mark Brooke Photography / Venue, Wine Magnum, Table Wines & Port + Select Furnishings: Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California / Planning, Styling, Rug, Chargers + Two Cranes Purse: Rani Hoover of Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events / Floral Design + Accessories: NLC Productions / Table Drape, Napkins + Ceremony Pillows: La Tavola / Benches, Tablescape Accessories, Sofa + Tables: Archive Vintage Rentals / Arch, French Antique Table + Three-Tier Display: J.Woeste / Christofle Items, Vrba + Chanel Jewelry, Toasting Flutes, Cake Serving Set + Compact: Coast 2 Coast Collection / Wedding Invitations + Letterpress Signage: Prairie Rose Press / Lighting: LBPS Lighting / Custom Dark Chocolate + Salted Caramel Truffles: Jessica Foster Confections / Wedding Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Guest Rooms: Hotel Corque / Guitarist: Chris Fossek of JSH Music Productions / 1941 Cadillac: Classic Motoring Car Rentals / Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal / Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup / Female Model: Elly Brown (floatingsinger@yahoo.com) / Male Model: Rocky Fain (rockyfain@yahoo.com)

7 05, 2012

Santa Ynez Photoshoot Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-05-07T10:02:30+00:00May 7th, 2012|Featured|

Vintage Santa Ynez Wedding Photo Shoot by Mireen Kierzek Photography

May 7th. 2012 by A. Blaire | Filed Under | 2 comments

Oh film photography, how I love thee. And film photography by Mireen Kierzek Photography that captures the gorgeous work of Pitbulls & Posies, Twine EventsHey there, Cupcake! and TEAM Hair & Makeup? Don’t even get me started. It’s frame-worthy, effortless perfection at it’s very finest, which ultimately creates a full gallery of images that is just as pretty as they come.

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From Mireen of Mireen Kierzek PhotographyLovers of film photography and its natural ability to see simple beauty, we wanted to capture a couple in pure, absolute love. We set out to the mountains of Santa Ynez with our lovebirds and let them shine in the soft light. For the details, we played with a pastel color palette and a minimal set-up. With the never-ending mountains, cascading trees, and a couple of horses in the background, the day couldn’t have been more romantic and effortless.

Photography: Mireen Kierzek Photography / Location: Santa Ynez, California / Floral Design + Paper Goods: Pitbulls & Posies / Planning: Twine Events / Wedding Cake: Hey there, Cupcake! / Calligraphy: Plurabelle Calligraphy / Rentals: Small Masterpiece / Wedding Dress: Unknown / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup / Models: Sydney Benner + Ian Carroll

2 05, 2012

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-05-02T09:53:27+00:00May 2nd, 2012|Featured|

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding by Jose Villa Photography + Joy de Vivre Part I

April 26th. 2012 by Abby Larson | Filed Under | 26 comments

I’m a girl’s girl. The kind that will always find comfort in the color pink. That will forever sigh when I see a bundle of peonies. The kind of girl’s girl that can spot a perfect Jose Villa photograph from a mile away. And whose fingers can’t ever find the right words to introduce one of his stunning weddings.  So imagine my nerdiness when you layer on a bride that is glowing from the inside out, a groom that is all dreaminess and a wedding style by Joy de Vivre and Florette Floral Designs that would make anyone swoon. Yeah, I know. Pure wedding bliss in full effect. We have Part II coming up next, but if you want to cheat (and we totally get it), you can check out the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride… I’ve always dreamed of a garden wedding. There is something so effortlessly romantic and beautiful about nature. We kept our wedding simple and tried to allow the beautiful surroundings at San Ysidro Ranch to stand out. With only 60 of our closest friends and family (plus our precious poodle, Molly), the day was intimate and special. We had the ceremony in a grassy lawn with two arches adorned with small white roses.  Dinner was served in a cozy cottage, warmly lit by the setting sun. The characteristic fireplace added a homey touch alongside the bookshelf of vintage books and vases. The long wooden tables we sat around came to life with gorgeous centerpieces arranged by the amazing Kelly from Florette Designs. She also arranged my unforgettable bouquet of peonies, dahlias, and jasmine vines, while my sweet bridesmaids each held single-stemmed blush peonies. We took a break and had a moment to ourselves in the lavender fields, just Jason and me, soaking in the remainder of the sun and all the beauty surrounding us. Our photographer, Jose, and our cinematographer, Joel, captured every precious moment and were the sweetest people to be around. There was so much love in the air, and to us, this was the most perfect day.

Wedding Photography: Jose Villa Photography / Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California / Event Design + Planning: Joy Proctor of Joy de Vivre / Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman of Florette Floral Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films / Wedding Cake: San Ysidro Ranch / Wedding Invitations: Etsy / Escort Cards: Lazaro Press / Wedding Dresses: Vera Wang + Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup / Linens: La Tavola