After we got engaged, it took a long time before we decided to have a wedding. From the beginning, we wanted the day to be very personal and to really reflect us as a couple, and so we tried to add personal touches throughout the entire day. We also wanted to be sure our wedding was casual and intimate, and most importantly for or guests to have a great time.
Our families are spread across the west coast from Alaska to California, so deciding on a location was tough initially. We were on an impromptu trip through California and immediately decided that wine country was the perfect fit for our laid back wedding. Given our budget, we knew we were going to have to do a lot of things ourselves and thankfully our families and friends were very much willing to help out.
Living in Alaska and planning the wedding in Sonoma was not easy, and so we enlisted Leslie Struble of Dandelion Events to help out during the month leading up to our wedding. From the moment we first spoke with her over the phone, she was very helpful and amazingly calm, and kept us calm and collected throughout the whole process. She even helped us decide on Ramekins as our venue and worked with us throughout the year.
Once we had our venue, the next step in our planning was to find my dress. Although we had an idea of how the whole wedding would look, I wanted to let the dress set the tone. I not only found my perfect Carol Hannah dress at Lovely Bride LA, but I was lucky enough to work directly with Carol Hannah to customize my look. I had a tough time choosing between two dresses and so she helped me to combine both looks into one dress with a tulle skirt overlay and gave me an easy transition from ceremony to reception by simply removing the tulle skirt and adding a beaded belt. She also customized the appliqué on my dress to fit our aesthetic.
Our unity ceremony was also a personal touch that we both very much enjoyed. We wanted to get away from the classic unity ceremony ideas, and do something that was unique to us, and that was genuine and thoughtful, but still represented the blending of our two families. We had branding irons made and branded a custom cutting board with our initials. The cutting board was given to us as a wedding gift from Keegan’s cousin. Cooking represents the values of my Spanish culture – which are surrounded by the importance of food and family. The brands represented Keegan’s family, which are cattle ranchers. This was a special moment for us because it was during the cocktail hour, we were already married, and it felt more authentic to share that moment with everyone in a more casual setting.
We wanted to make sure we captured every moment of the day, and working with Ramin from The Marin Studio was simply amazing. He was so comfortable and fun to work with, and he truly captured the essence of the day. From the moment we met him we knew his comfortable and humorous attitude would be a perfect fit for us. We also had a semi-DIY photobooth – we used our iPad and a tripod, rented a backdrop, and purchased the props – it was a money saver and everyone loved it! The photos turned out great and using SmugMug was a great way to share not only the photobooth photos but also the Instagram hash-tagged photos that all our guests took throughout the weekend!
We are so grateful for all the love and support we received not only on our wedding day but in all the days leading up to it. Our wedding was a truly magical experience that wouldn’t have been made possible without our friends and family!
Dress – Carol Hannah from Lovely Los Angeles
Photography – The Marin Studio
Day Of Coordinator – Leslie At Dandelion Events
Reception Venue – Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn
Ceremony Venue – The General’s Daughter
Bride’s Hair – The Groom’s Mother, Jana Fleming
Bride’s Makeup – The Couple’s Friend, Kierra Manion
Rentals – Wine Country Party and Events
Favors – Logo Lenses
Videographer – The Bride’s Cousin, Michael Rodriguez – Wedding Video
Catering – Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn
Bride’s Shoes – Tory Burch
Invitations And Programs – Love VS. Design
Groom’s Attire – Hugo Boss
Music – AMS Entertainment
Flowers – The Monkey Flower Group
Fresh, lively, and confident, Hayley Paige embraces sweet femininity with a touch of edginess. Alluring contrasts are glimpsed in pairings like twinkle and matte, giving each dress an unmistakable charisma that enhances the bride’s own captivating charm. Balance is found in the union of textured details such as hand appliquéd lace and flutters of sheer fabric, evoking a feeling of whimsical refinement. And as a finishing touch each dress is named, bringing to life its unique spirit. These effortless, flirty feminine silhouettes all say one thing – something wonderful is about to happen. Make your appointment for this fabulous trunk show coming to our DC shop, and don’t forget you’ll receive 10% off your Hayley Paige dress if you buy during the trunk show!
Trunk Show at Lovely DC
Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
The Cascade dress by Sarah Seven was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The dress maintains a certain ethereal quality with the golden lace detail, which hangs from the bodice and the romantic silk skirt that was unlike any other dress I had seen. The dress was also so comfortable and light which allowed me to dance the whole night long.
What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
We wanted our wedding to be a big party with family and friends. We focused the initial planning on finding an awesome band and venue . To keep costs down, we made a lot of the décor items ourselves and found an amazing flower vendor at a local farmer’s market who supplied bright, seasonal blooms. All of the planning came together in the end to create an unforgettable night.
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment for us was definitely our ceremony. We had planned on having the ceremony outdoors at our venue. Unfortunately, it poured the entire day and an outdoor ceremony was not in the cards for us. Our reception space then became our ceremony space and all of our guests sat at their party tables. Our chuppah was set up in the middle of the dance floor and our bridal party walked right through all of our family and friends. This created such a warm atmosphere and we were surrounded by so much love.
If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Do not get bogged down in all of the minor details that can absolutely take over during the wedding planning process. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important but on the day of your wedding, there is no time to worry about all those little things.
Dress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Philly
Sash: Untamed Petals Poppy Sash from Lovely Philly
Photographer: Sweetwater Portraits
Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers
Super8: Sweetwater Portraits
Day of Coordinator: cHill Weddings
Hair: Platinum Hair Company
We are so excited to partner up with Nena & Co., a fabulous company that creates beautiful and eco-conscious one of a kind bags! Each bag is made using recycled hand-woven materials by women in Guatemala and they are uniquely handcrafted to capture the magic and depth of the Maya people. Each bag truly is unique, so you better jump on something if you love it! The other amazing thing about Nena & Co. is that they are committed to giving back to the community through their Peace Pilgrim program. By employing these makers in Guatemala, they are able to provide fair wages, clean drinking water, and education for the children…it doesn’t get much better than that!
Lucky for you ladies we are giving away three of these beautifully bright and bold clutches! We think they are the perfect way to add texture and color to your wedding party, especially if your bridesmaids are wearing little white dresses from Shop Lovely! Instead of having your girls carry bouquets, why not have them carry these gorgeous clutches down the aisle? Then you can be assured you’ll always be ready with tissues, lipstick touchups and the perfect place for your vows all while decking out your ladies with the perfect accessory that they will treasure forever!
It’s super easy to enter!
1. Follow us on Instagram @lovelybride & @nenaandco
2. Repost the image, tag @lovelybride and @nenaandco in both the image and the caption
3. Tag three friends
We’ll choose a winner on March 3rd!
We love our Lovelies, and nothing makes us happier than seeing photos on Instagram of brides visiting our stores or fabulous ladies wearing their Shop Lovely purchases! With our #socialmediasweetie giveaway, you can win amazing goodies just by tagging us in those photos! So get to gramming and don’t forget to tag us!
This month our winner is @shannypants! She posted this amazing photo from her super glam wedding wearing a beautiful Anna Campbell gown that she purchased at Lovely LA, and as easy as that and she won a gorgeous silky robe from Shop Lovely. You could be our next #socialmediasweetie so show off your gorgeous wedding photos wearing a Lovely gown, your trip to a Lovely shop, or your goodies from Shop Lovely on Instagram!