Brooke + Nathan | LB Acres Ranch, Agua Dulce, Ca

I’m so excited to be sharing Brooke and Nathan’s wedding day, it was not only a beautiful celebration held at LB Acres Ranch in Agua Dulce – it was fun and full of JOY!! Words from the bride below!

Our inspiration is like a large fun but classy family dinner. Think of it that way. We are both all about our family and friends and we want to remember that. We are having fun with it. We will be having the In-N-Out truck, Lawn Beer Pong, a Cigar Bar, but still all the traditional wedding expectations.

We chose our venue because its beautiful with open space for our guests, a blank slate for creativity, awesome vendor personality, and country enough that the bride feels like she is at home (she grew up on a ranch).

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Don’t take things too seriously. Life is too short to argue about the small things. Laugh and enjoy the good times.
Also for wedding planning: spend the money on good vendors. It is worth the investment.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Honestly, it sounds cheesy, but working with our vendors. Everyone has been so amazing and sweet, they have bent over backwards to accommodate us, checked on us throughout the process, and so much more. It has helped us not get stressed out and truly enjoy the process.

Congrats Brooke & Nathan, thanks for having us!!

XO,

V

Vendors//

Florals: Vibe Florals Instagram: @vibe_florals | DJ: Jesse Entertainment | Hair & Make Up: Rae, Instagram: @Raethebyrd/@salonkscv | Catering: In-N-Out truck | Wedding Dress: Bella Mucci Bridal Couture Instagram: @bellamuccisbridalcouture | Bridesmaids: Weddington Way  Instagram: @weddingtonway | Venue: LB Acres Ranch

Fang + Daniel | The Fig House, Los Angeles, Ca

The Fig House is one of the most stylish venue’s in Los Angeles; with it’s vine-covered deep blue walls, colorful stained glass windows, and vibrant art deco furniture… it really doesn’t need much more to make it serious wedding eye-candy.

So, needless to say – I was extremely excited to find out Fang and Daniel were getting married there, and having me as their photographer!

We first met during their engagement session in Pasadena, you might remember it?

They are such a sweet couple and I couldn’t feel more grateful to have documented their love story. For a glimpse into their sweet and colorful wedding day at The Fig House, take a look below!

Wedding Colors//

Dusty Rose, Slate Blue, Gold, and Cream

Words from the bride //

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you created for your wedding. 

We wanted to create an atmosphere where everyone would be comfortable and have fun. 

Share how (or why) you chose The Fig House.

Daniel and I visited many wedding venues before we found “the one.” From the moment we stepped into The Fig House, we knew this is where we wanted to get married. 

What was your favorite part of the planning process? 

Cake tasting!

Looking back at your day, what did you love the most? 

We loved being able to share this special moment with all our friends and family. We had so much fun with each other and everyone.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples? 

Enjoy every moment with each other and don’t sweat the little things.

Congrats Fang + Daniel! Thanks for having us! <3

 

Vendors // Photography: XO and Fetti Photography, Coordinator: Skybox Event Productions, Venue: The Fig House, Video: Firelight Productions, Florist: Petal Floral, Catering: RoomForty, Cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery, DJ: On The Go DJ Pro, Lighting: Ambiance Lighting, Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Erick, Gown: Maggie Sottero – Amal, Bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman, Men’s attire: The Black Tux, Save the Dates/Invitations: Paper Sandwhich, Favors: Air Plant Supply, Photobooth: Socialite

Julie + Bruno | Woodland Wonderland Inspired Wedding | Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, Ca

Julie and Bruno’s beautiful wedding was at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca. and if you have been following my work, you know I’m a sucker for “fairytale” type weddings… so, needless to say, their Woodland Wonderland Inspired wedding was right up my alley! I didn’t get a chance to meet the duo before their wedding day; and I’ll admit, I was a mix of nerves and excitement that day. Especially because Julie inspires me daily with her fashion posts on Instagram! Her Instagram account is full of great outfit tips, travel stories and the right amount of Disney in between. I also follow her blog which serves as a great guide for every day living.

Upon arriving to Julie’s AIR BNB, we immediately knew that we would have an amazing day. Their family and friends were fully invested in being helpful and being in the moment!

It was an overcast day, but of course, as photographers – we didn’t mind! We drove over to the venue, Calamigos Ranch in Malibu and followed the “Julie & Bruno” signs all the way to the The Birchwood Room. After a bit of exploring, we met and grabbed Bruno for his and Julie’s first look!

I know I have said this a thousand times, but I LOVE MY JOB!! Take a look at Bruno’s excitement below as Julie walks up to greet him. His smile says it all!! He is full of joy and happiness; of course, I’m sure a lot of that smiling had to do with how stunning Julie looked in her Mon Amie Bridal gown. She’s a picture perfect bride!  This was not my first time photographing a wedding at Calamigos, but IT WAS my first time at The Birchwood Room! I had visited this venue before (when I was searching for my own fairytale wedding!) so I was somewhat familiar with the space. Still, having seen it all again, I realized once again why this venue is so magical. This particular spot reminds me of a tree-house in a secluded forrest.

It’s like having your own – you guessed it – woodland wonderland! This venue is full of dreamy magical landscapes; the overgrown greenery, vines, water elements and colorful hydrangeas create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a fairytale. What I loved about Julie and Bruno’s wedding is that they did not take anything away from the natural beauty. Their tables were decorated with wooden lanterns and a mix of red, rose and white florals. They really did a great job!! The rest of the evening was full of laughter, sweet smiles, and best of all… love!!

Congrats again to you both!!

XO,

V

Vendors // 1st Dress: @monamiebridalsalon | 1st Shoes: @badgleymischka | 2nd Dress: @bhldn | 2nd Shoes: @plv.shoes | Tux: @theblacktux | Hair: @thedrybar | Makeup: @beglammednow | Hair Piece: @pinkpewter | Veil: @morileeofficial | Cake: @pieceofcakela | DJ: @good_times_entertainment | Photo: @xoandfetti | Video: @milestonesoflove | Robes: @branchebeauty | Venue: @calamigos

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Cece + Dylan | Magical Romantic Wedding | The Houdini Estate, Los Angeles, Ca

There are a million reasons why I’ll never forget Cece and Dylan’s wedding day and why I will always cherish being their wedding photographer. Cece and Dylan are two of the kindest people I have met, but what’s more is that they are also funny, easy-going, sweet and oh-so-loving not just to each other but to every single friend and family member. They chose the jaw-dropping Houdini Estate venue located in Los Angeles, California to celebrate their wedding. Whimsical sculptures and wild foliage decorate almost every inch of this place, which makes it not only interesting but also quite MAGICAL…. it is pretty much perfect for anyone who is a fan of Houdini, magic, old-Hollywood or mysterious gardens.

Cece and Dylan did not want anything to compete with the beautiful landscape, instead, they opted to compliment the space with a minimalistic approach. A family member provided the florals, including the bouquets and table decor. The bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns from BHLDN and the groomsmen matched in navy blue suits. Cece wore a BHLDN dress and I’m sure you will agree – she looked STUNNING! Hair and Make up was done by the talented Amber Rose.

Every detail of this day was beautifully executed, BIG THANKS to Christine Garrison from CMG Events for her help and organization. I, and the entire XO and Fetti team LOVED working with her and her team!

Words from the bride…

Wedding Colors | Green, Blue and Blush

Theme or three words to best describe your day | Romantic, loving, whimsical and classic

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

The estate is so beautiful so we want to make that the highlight. We’re keeping the tables simple with ivory linens and green vines going down them with bits of candlelight. We want it to be a fun, romantic, classy night.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

The history, the lush plant life, the romantic atmosphere.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Seeing our families surround us with love and support.

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

Our first dance is going to be We Go A Long Way Back by Bloodstone. We heard it a long time ago and it made us laugh and we knew we wanted to dance to it one day.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Communication is key – not only sharing your feelings but truly listening to what your partner is telling you.

Congrats Cece and Dylan!!

xo,

V

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Shirley + Kaya | Romantic Garden Wedding | The Gardens at Los Robles, Thousand Oaks, Ca

This will forever be my favorite St. Patty’s celebration!! I’m so so happy my dear Shirley connected with me for her wedding day. I cannot be more thankful for her and Kaya’s kindness, and trust in us as their photographers.

Their wedding day was full of amazing details – from Kaya’s heirloom cufflinks – to Shirley’s stunning dress – to the amazing ceremony floral work, beautiful gold detailed cake, donuts, lit up “LOVE” sign… GREEN BEER!! I mean the list goes on and on! & What better way to end such a fabulous celebration than with a sparkler exit!! 🙂

Take a look at their day below!

Wedding Colors// White, Green & Gold

Inspiration // Romantic, outdoor garden

 

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Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

I love the outdoor greenery and gardens.
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What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Food tasting!

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Wedding day hashtag: #toinfinityandboysan
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What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Never take each other for granted. Try to find ways to make every day life a little bit special.

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Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Boysan!!

xo,

V

Vendors // Photo – XO and Fetti Photography, Florist – Dia Collins, Cake and other desserts – Sweet Art Bake Shop, DJ – Bouquet Sound, Hair & Make up – Blushing Beauty, Catering – Los Robles Gardens, Gown – Garnet & Grace, Bridesmaids – Lulu’s, Shoes – Badgley Mischka, Jewelery/Rings – Tiffany & Co, Groom’s attire – Friar Tux, Paper good – Save the Dates: Shutterfly Invitations: Zazzle, Video – Ernie Melendrez, Planner – Velvet Alley Events, Officiant – Bilingual Ceremonies

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Jennifer + Andrew | Sunflower Wedding | Camarillo Ranch House, Camarillo, Ca

This Camarillo Ranch House wedding was our first wedding of the year!! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day for these two. When we first met, Andrew and Jennifer told me their proposal story, and I could not stop giggling! Let’s just say – she said something that out of context would be scary for any guy to hear… but Andrew knows his Jennifer and they just laughed at the silliness of it all. His joy, her big heart and their adorableness together are some of the reasons I looked forward to their big day since the day we met.   I imagined their wedding day to be as easy going, fun and energetic as they were during their engagement session and it was that and more!

Jennifer loves sunflowers and incorporated them throughout their wedding; from the stationary to the decor. Her bouquet included sunflowers and purple roses; the purple touch is from the roses that Andrew’s mom and family used for their bridal bouquets. (How sweet is that?!) Disney was also a reoccurring theme throughout the day – in fact, Andrew made most of the Disney inspired pieces. Their reception was filled his creations!

Andrew also set up a surprise for Jennifer – he rented a DeLorean (yes – a DeLorean!!) since Jennifers favorite movie is Back to the Future. 🙂 It was the perfect ride into their grand entrance!!

Take a look at their day below!

Venue: Camarillo Ranch House in Camarillo, CA

Wedding Colors: Dusty rose, Sunflower, Gray

Theme or three words to best describe your day: Disney, Rustic, Family

 

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

We couldn’t find a venue in the Los Angeles area that was within our budget and would also fit all of our guests, so Andrew and I were already so overwhelmed with looking at different venues when we stumbled across Camarillo Ranch! It was perfect timing because we were about ready to give up. But this place had everything we were looking for: Size, it’s proximity to LA, and the fact that it was practical (the barn serves as a backup option for if it rains).

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

Yes, quite a few actually! Andrew’s processional was chosen by Jennifer because her uncle, who passed away a few years back, would always sing Elvis Presley songs during family gatherings. We have some other Disney songs in the ceremony and processional that will also be playing. Our first dance  is special for the both of us because we love going to music festivals, and this particular song was just perfect.

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

We really want our personalities to show at our wedding, and so two of our main themes are Disney and family.

Family is really important for the both of us. We both have lost family at some point in our lives, whether it was a relative that has passed on or a relative that has parted ways from the family, but each instance has left us feeling very emotional. There are relatives now that do not get a long, and as much as we want for them to get along, we know that they’ll never make amends. With that being said, we really wanted a lot of ‘family style’ elements all around our wedding: from the lawn games to the farm table seating, and from the buffet food to the remembrance table, we want everyone to feel like this wedding is just one big family gathering! We want people to feel right at home, and also enjoy some of what’s most important in both of our lives.

As for Disney, we want our guests to have fun with the different elements of Disney that they find at our wedding, and to just really enjoy themselves and have fun!

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Our favorite part was creating some of our DIY projects! The bar sign, the seating map, the Disney mailbox… it was all just so much fun.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Planning this wedding felt like a trial run for our marriage. We encountered a lot of different obstacles and problems while we were planning, and so we figured that if we were able to overcome these, we’re able to better tackle problems that would come up in our marriage later on. Keep listening to each other, always keep an open line of communication, and always give support to one another. There were times that we felt so overwhelmed with the planning, that just being there for each other was so comforting.

Congrats Jennifer and Andrew!! Thank you for having us!!

 

XO,

V

Vendors // Florist:  Amanda B. Weddings & Events (ajbevents@gmail.com) | Cake and other Desserts: Sugar Lab Bake Shop (http://www.sugarlabbakeshop.com) | DJ/Band: Brian: DJ: DJ Carcano (www.carcanodj.com); Live Band: 23rd Hour (www.23rdhr.com) | Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Naz (www.makeupbynaz.net)| Catering: DJ’s Catering (www.djscatering.com/)| Gown: Fashion Eureka | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Bride: Toms; Groom: Friar Tux |Jewelry/Rings: Engagement ring: Robbins Bros.; Wedding rings: Efraim Jewelry Inc. | Men’s Attire: Friar Tux | Transportation: Uber | Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates: Vista Print; Invitations: Cards & Pockets (http://www.cardsandpockets.com); Envelopes: Minted(www.minted.com) | Videography: Etcetera Productions (https://www.etcprod.com) | Planner: Amanda B. Weddings & Events (ajbevents@gmail.com) | Officiant: Reverend Joe Sloan | Favors and Gifts: Wedding favors: sunflower seeds | Wedding Venue: Camarillo Ranch House | Rentals: DJs Catering, Amanda B. Weddings & Events | Lighting & Drapery: Wendee’s Occasions (www.wendees.net) | Bridal Shop: L.A. Bride Collection in Santee, Downtown LA

 

 

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Maria + Cody | Magical Calamigos Ranch Wedding | Malibu, Ca

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I first met these two during their engagement session at Vasquez Rocks, they brought their fur baby Chet to their session and all I kept thinking was – wow, this family is everything!! Their joy was infectious – and that same joy was present on their wedding day. Maria and Cody both got ready at Calamigos and opted in for a first look, I’m so glad they did since this venue has endless opportunities for photos. We were able to visit the rustic parts of the property, as well as the whimsical. (I’m a sucker for carousels!)

Maria loves succulents (hey, we have that in common!) – her florist included them in all her arrangements and I pretty much melted when I saw her bouquet! Maria and Cody’s ceremony was set for later in the evening. There was something so serene about being in that space after dark; it was peaceful, romantic and dreamy.

Check out a bit from their day below!

Wedding Colors: White & Mint
Theme or three words to best describe your day: Romantic, Intimate and Joyous

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

The atmosphere I wanted to create for the wedding was intimate and magical. I wanted people to walk in and be able to walk into my dream wedding and actually say WOW.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

I was inspired by the Twilight Wedding and wanted and outdoor ceremony and something that was right in the middle of nature. Calamigos was the first venue I found and I was immediately in love. We tried looking at other locations but I kept going back to Calamigos until we finally booked it.

 

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Along the way of planning the wedding, there will be lots of moments of angst but the important thing to do is to always take a deep breathe and when the day comes, let all the stress go because the day will happen regardless of how you feel so I would definitely say its a better day when you are happy and present in the moment and not worrying about the little things anymore.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

My favorite part was being able to plan it along side my fiance. We made all the decisions together and talked about everything because at the end of the day it was OUR day. It was nice to be able to discuss things and learn a little more about each other with each decision we made. We ended up doing more things than we had initially expected to do and added several things and it only made the big day more special for us.

Congrats Maria and Cody!! Thanks for having us!

XO,

V

Vendors | Designer/Planner: Jennifer Armenta from Peachy Keen Weddings & Event Design, www.peachykeenweddings.com | Florist: Fleur-ish, www.ocfleurish.com |Cake and other Desserts: Frost It Cakery, www.frostitcakery.co| DJ/Band: Brian: Happen Events, Herick Serna, www.thatcanhappen.com| Hair/Makeup: Hair: Brenda G. Grigorian www.beglamorousbybrenda.com / Makeup: Eryn Kruger Mekash, www.erynkruegermekash.com| Catering: Provided by Calamigos| Gown: Bridal & Special Times , www.bridalst.com| Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal, www.davidsbridal.com| Shoes: Nordstrom (Vince Camuto), www.nordstrom.com| Jewelry/Rings: Engagement Ring: www.jamesallen.com| Bride’s Wedding Band: Kevin Jewelers, kevinjewelers.com|Groom’s Wedding Band: Zales, www.zales.com| Men’s Attire: The Blk Tux, theblacktux.com| Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates: Paperlesspost, www.paperlesspost.com| Invitations: WeddingPaperDivas, www.shutterfly.com, Programs: Zazzle, www.zazzle.com|Officiant: Rev. Marlon Martinez, celestialweddingofficiants.com

Emily + Andrew | Chic and Fun Wedding | Irvine, Ca

Emily reached out to me two weeks before her wedding date, yes, ya’ll – two weeks! Her photographer had an emergency and was no longer available.

Guys, this can happen to anyone – from a vendor stand point, I hoped the photographer was ok, and from a previous bride stand point, I felt for her! I’d be in such a panic!! But, from the start, Emily was so organized and such a pleasure to work with, I was seriously so happy she reached out…

September was our busiest month last year, in fact, we had a wedding scheduled the day prior to Emily’s. It was by pure chance that we were available for her wedding date and I feel very lucky to be the one that ended up documenting Emily and Andrew’s wedding day. This is by far, one of the most memorable weddings we have ever attended!! Not only was EVERY SINGLE person a dream to work with, to laugh alongside with, to joke with throughout the day – but it was also a day full of love, cheers and traditions. Their family and friends had us smiling all day and we could not be happier to have witnessed it all.

After the first look happened at the trendy Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa – we headed over to UC Irvine for portraits. Our hearts skipped a beat because Emily and Andrew’s fur babies showed up for some photos!! (In case you didn’t know, my second shooter, Claudia, and I love animals!!) We then headed over to the ceremony at St. Barbara Church before ending our journey at Mon Amour Banquet. Guys, this was an amazing celebration! Check it out below!

Wedding Colors: Blush/rose gold, ivory, and green (in the form of leaves and garland everywhere)

Theme or three words to best describe your day: It’s just a party!

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

Just want it to be a fun time for family and friends. Andrew and I like to party and we’re making sure we create a party.

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

Nope. Church supplies the songs. Our first dance song will be “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding; no special meaning to it. I just liked it! 🙂

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Don’t stress about the little things! It’s not worth it nor will you care about it after the wedding!

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

The whole thing! It was fun!

Congrats you two!! Thanks for having us!!

 

XO,

V

 

Florist: The Flower Boutique (@theflowerboutiqueinc) | Cake and other Desserts: Vans Bakery (@vansbakerybrookhurst) | DJ/Band: Brian – Thrillogy Productions (@thrillogyproductions) | Hair/Makeup: Crystal Wei (@lepiquebeauty) | Catering: Mon Amour Banquet | Gown: Wedding dress is rented. Vietnamese dress and cake cutting dress are by Jacky Tai (@jackytaifashion) | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ASOS | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Men’s Attire: ASOS | Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Minted | Videography: Jason Seungyup (http://www.seungyup.com/) | Planner: Bride! | Officiant: St. Barbara Church | OTHER // Etablir – Hedge Panels @etablirshop | Moui Tran – Signage for dessert bar, bar, and photobooth (@coppiceandcrafts) | Helen – venue draping/uplighting and string lighting (@betterchoiceflowers) | Bambu Irvine – Boba bar (@bambuirvine) | Vans Bakery – Macarons at dessert bar (@vansbakerysj)

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Mayra + Adrian | Camarillo Ranch House, Camarillo, Ca | Wedding

As seen on Artfully Wed!

Oh my goodness, where do I even start with this wedding day?? The first time I met Mayra, she told me that her wedding day was inspired by “The Secret Garden” – naturally, I made it my homework to watch the movie and right away, I knew we were in for a treat. Her love of children, nature and family were evident on her wedding day. Her and Adrian had such a playful and romantic relationship; we had a great time capturing their day and wish them all the best!!

From the bride…

Wedding Colors//

(Taupe, Dusty Rose/Mauve & Lavender)

Accent Color: (Gold) combined with lots of greenary !

Theme or three words to best describe your day//

Rustic Charm meets the Secret Garden

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

We are not big fans of formal events so we want our wedding to be more organic and feel like a family reunion and celebration of life more than anything. For me (The Bride) I took a lot of inspiration from the book ‘The Secret Garden’ which was a favorite growing up.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

While attending a Food Truck Festival at our venue location we decided that the atmosphere and esthetics was just what we were looking for- The Camarillo Ranch house is both Rustic and Romantic which fits in perfectly with the feel/theme we want for our wedding. We both always envisioned being married outdoors, and also like the convenience of having the Ceremony, Photography, and Reception in the same Venue to save on travel time.

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

We never really had a “song” so all the music we chose are songs that resonated with our feelings for each other. The song that I will be walking down the aisle too was chosen by the groom and its called “Eres tu” by Carla Morisson.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Do not stress out if your wedding isn’t exactly turning out to look like your Pintrest wall! The closer it gets to the big day you realize that what you truly desire is what comes after the party-the life you will create as husband and wife.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Putting together all the ideas I had in my head since I was 5 years old day dreaming of my wedding as well as attending all those wedding expos with free booze and grab bags.