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The Rengstorff House in Mountain View was perfect for Caroline and Mike’s relaxed and intimate fall wedding. It is a charming historic house in the Victorian Italianate style, and the grounds are elegant and filled with lush green spaces and lots of beautiful trees. Caroline and Mike were married beneath an arch decorated with the prettiest blush and cream florals, surrounded by their community of friends and family.

Every little detail was thought of, with design help and fantastic coordination by Denise of d.Royal Engagements. The illustrated invitations showcased Caroline and Mike as travelers, because their shared love of adventure was part of what brought them together. From morning mimosas to the bride’s strappy Jimmy Choo heels, from tissue poms to paper lanterns and string lights, from TOMS shoes for every bridesmaid in monogrammed tote bags to the glittery bar signage and gorgeous florals from Floral Design Studio, there was so much steal-worthy prettiness! Caroline and Mike are not only travelers but total foodies, which is why they put a lot more thought into the dining experience of their guests than your average wedding buffet (not to mention that their favors even reflected this too, with DIY recipe cards and heart shaped measuring spoons!) I love that while guests sipped on His and Hers signature cocktails, the kids were off playing corn hole, there was such a fun and relaxed ambiance throughout the day. And there’s just something about an intimate wedding dinner beneath twinkling cafe lights that will always get me.

A huge thanks to my lovely friend Mariah who stepped in to second shoot and did such a wonderful job. And thank you Caroline and Mike for trusting me to document your wedding day!

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Matt and Athena are quite simply one of the sweetest, smartest, most sincere couples imaginable–two of those rare souls who are beautiful inside and out. And they have a truly international love story–they met in a pub in Ireland, hopped on planes between Ireland and London for their first dates, fell even more in love while living in Southern California, moved to Australia together, and got engaged on a beach in Bali!

Their thoughtful ceremony took place at Old Ranch Country Club.  Athena’s family hung 1,000 handmade paper cranes, a Japanese tradition for bestowing blessings for a long and happy marriage. (And, just to show you how ridiculously sweet they are…they bought me earrings in the shape of a crane as a gift! Seriously, who is that thoughtful?!) As the string quartet played, Athena’s father walked her down the aisle while Matt couldn’t hold back the tears in his eyes. Literature and poetry were woven throughout the day since Athena was a Literature major in college, and Frank O’Hara’s “Having a coke with you” and Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet XVII” were beautifully read by a friend and the Matron of Honor. After an exchange of heartfelt vows, Athena and Matt were happily wed, and guests tossed rose petals into the air as they made their way down the aisle as husband and wife.

Since Matt and Athena bonded early on over surfing, it was only fitting that their reception took place within a stone’s throw of the ocean. It was a truly festive celebration, with friends and family coming together from the UK, Australia, and all over the U.S. Peach, blush, and cream florals in vintage blue mason jars and framed literary love quotes created an air of refined romance. At sunset, we snuck down to the beach for a few more couple portraits at magic hour, and then Matt and Athena danced the night away beneath the warm glow of string lights. All in all, a perfect day.

 

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Old Ranch Country Club

Reception Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art

Planning & Floral Design: Sherri Cassara

Second Photographer: Alyssa Kapnik

Catering: Claire’s at the Museum

MUA: The Vanity Belle

DJ: Scott Goers

 

 

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While my fiancé Daniel was house-sitting for family friends in the Venice Canals, we sat outside in the back garden as often as possible. It was especially beautiful around sunset, so we invited my friend Nira and her boyfriend Sonny over one evening for wine and cheese! Nira is a fantastic wedding planner with Amber Events. The first time we met up for coffee to chat about collaborating on something creative, we also wound up talking about our boyfriends and I had been wanting to take photos for them ever since. So after a few glasses of wine, we set off into the canals.

 

I love how Sonny makes Nira laugh like this!

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While I was working on a Behind the Scenes piece in New York with wedding dress designer Amsale for Style Me Pretty, we had time to take a few gowns from the Christos line and the gorgeous model Neele van Hülst to Central Park and do a mini-shoot just for fun. With such ethereal wedding dresses and luminous summery light, it was quite the afternoon. Sorry, but I can’t help oversharing, these photos just make me so happy. How could I pick just one or two?!

 

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