26 09, 2013

San Ysidro Ranch Shoot Posted on German Blog Hochzeifsguide!

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2 05, 2012

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-05-02T09:53:27-06:00May 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.

Click here for the FULL wedding!

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

17 01, 2012

Jose Villa Mexico Workshop Featured on Rock My Wedding Images by Catherine Mead

By |2012-01-17T11:42:24-07:00January 17th, 2012|Featured|

And Then There Was Light.

January 17th, 2012 by Charlotte@rockmywedding Leave a reply »

There was. That perfect kind that seems to cast an almost undefinable glow upon everything and everyone within it.

And it fell into my inbox on a particularly grey and gloomy day… sunshine medicine if you will. Photographer Catherine Mead single handedly managed to switch on my inspiration light switch with the moments she captured whilst attending the Jose Villa Workshop in Mexico. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

The Claire Pettibone 2012 collection gowns are out-of-this-world , I want someone, anyone to wear a frock with just the faintest hint of a pale blue and then carry it through to their accessories and decor….just because….and I want someone to wear a veil hood because frankly, it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen since dresses with pockets.

And the bouquets?

Welcome to the new UBER rustic folks. 2011 saw the increasing popularity of hand-tied and hand-picked style and now we’re moving one step onwards – roadside chic. No I am not losing my mind, there is just something incredibly intriguing about a bunch of florals that look like they could have literally been swiped from the bank of a dual carriageway en route to the ceremony.

I want.

And I’m afraid these are not models but actual real couples that offered to participate in the workshop and yes, they really are that beautiful.

I die.

Catherine Mead: Photography is my greatest love, and it’s all I’ve ever been passionate about. After graduating from a degree in Photographic Arts when I was 21, I’ve worked as a photojournalist for the national broadsheets and magazines ever since.

My client list include The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Grazia Magazine and many more publications, and I’ve been sent around the world photographing a variety of assignments ranging from the slums in Kolkata and refugee camps, to London Fashion Week, Bonnie Tyler’s living room and various top celebrities’ plush homes.

I photographed my first wedding a few years ago, and immediately fell in love with wedding photography too. I’ve photographed a wide variety of lovely weddings, from being flown out to photograph a 400-guest wedding in Cairo, to a wedding in The Cotswolds with just the couple, and myself and the venue coordinator as their witnesses.

I bring a creative approach to photographing weddings, blending a mixture of portraiture, gorgeous details and relaxed, happy moments throughout the day, bringing together a unique and stylish account of a wedding.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my clients’ weddings featured in Brides and You & Your Wedding Magazine, and it’s always such an honour and a privilege to be hired by my clients and be invited to share their most important day together. In short, I’m totally in love with my job!

You can see more of Catherine’s work at www.photographybycatherine.co.uk

You want more? Yes? Ok then as you asked so nicely…….

Bouquets With Bracken: This (image below) is what I was referring to for “Roadside Chic”, the warm tones of copper and golden yellow would work well for an Autumnal affair or anything outdoorsy (I’m thinking vows in an enchanted forest, that type of thing…)

Sharp Grooms: I don’t think a slim fit black suit has to be restricted to an “evening dress” theme or indeed the winter months, this looks unbelivably stylish any time any place…especially with a contemporary skinny tie. And is it me or does the man donning said suit bear a remarkable resemblance to Mark Ruffalo…?

Oversized Accessories: I mentioned the hood (seriously – I am contemplating an occasion I can justify wearing one to) but how about the other head wear? I have loved a giant single flower forever (and if you are definitely going avec veil for W-day there is no reason you can’t swap to one of these beauties for the dancing) and now I am worshipping at the floor of the silvery sky-hued version complete with feathery bits….. Any takers?

Hair & Make-up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

Flowers: Flower Wild Design

Bridal Gowns: Claire Pettibone

Hair Accessories: Mignonne

Photography by Catherine Mead *All of the pictures taken during a Jose Villa Workshop*

With huge thanks to Catherine Mead for getting Rock My Weddings glow on.

And I want those that are opting for a Claire Pettibone, a groom in a sharp black suit or indeed a bouquet in the style of roadside chic* to leave a comment and let me know the exact details. Just so I can y’know, get all green eyed and girly.

Big I’m Keeping It Firmly Switched On Love

Charlotte xxx

24 03, 2011

Jose Villa 1-Day Workshop

By |2011-03-24T08:04:32-06:00March 24th, 2011|Photo shoot|

Recently we had the opportunity to do the hair and makeup for Jose Villa’s 1-day workshop at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Below are some of my favorites images from some if the students! Hair and Makeup by: Rachel Wall & Janeena Merricks of Team Hair and Makeup

‎{ Jose Villa workshops } –http://www.josevillaworkshops.com/
{ Planner/Stylist } Jill La Fleur –http://www.lafleurweddings.com/
{ Flowers } Kate of Flower Wild –http://www.flowerwild.com/
Joel Serrato Films – http://joelserratofilms.com/
{ Hair and Makeup } TEAM –http://www.teamhairandmakeupservice.com/
{ Dress } Claire Pettibone –http://www.clairepettibone.com/
{ Hair Accessories } Lo Boheme –http://www.loboheme.com/
{ Paper Goods } Paper and Thread –http://paperandthreadblog.com/
Richard Photo Lab – http://www.richardphotolab.com/
{ Journals, Charm } Palomas Nest –http://www.palomasnest.com/
{ Cake } Erica O’Brian Cake Design –http://www.ericaobrien.com/
{ Vintage Bed Springs } Avec Moi Decor www.avecmoidecor.blogspot.com/
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