20 Jul

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding

Every time we see scenes from weddings at Malibu Rocky Oaks we have to pinch ourselves. G + E were right when they said once they saw the breathtaking view there was no going back: a destination wedding was in order. Doing it all from Tennessee, 6 months later they had assembled a a dream team of vendors including Birds of a Feather + Couture Events… who know a thing or two about California weddings.

Wedding hairstyle

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding portrait

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding portrait

Bridal bouquet

A few of the flowers in the bridal bouquet: anemones, spray roses, stock, andromeda, seeded eucalyptus, paddle eucalyptus, garden roses, + dahlias

Wedding signage

Wedding ring display

Wedding invitation suite

Jimmy Choo shoes

Jimmy Choo sure sets the stage for a flawless ensemble.

Wedding portrait

Malibu Rocky Oats wedding ceremony

Processional: Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
Walk down the aisle: Someone Like You by Van Morrison
1st dance: Not the Only One by Bonnie Raitt

Wedding altar

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding portrait

Passed appetizers

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding

The perfect setup for 99 guests, no? Danielle of Couture Events explains, Long reception tables with garland draping from end to end lit by antique chandeliers with edison bulbs; family style dinner with a delicious farm to table organic menu; luxurious vintage couches, an eclectic antique gold mirror with each guest’s name handwritten in its’ reflection, and a custom wooden bar for cocktail hour; a dance party that went well into the night with a special tribute to the groom as their wedding day was also his 30th birthday!

Mirror escort card display

Wedding decor

Wedding tablescape

Place card

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding

Stunning!

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding lounge area

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding reception

White wedding cake

Guests got to snap photos for the guest book (and take a few home) of the incredible views and festivities on mini polaroids. Can you imagine all the pics? See more below:

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AboutBirds of a Feather, from our bride… She made us feel comfortable and at ease even through our initial time to meet—which says a lot while planning a destination wedding requiring lots of meetings and getting to know vendors vital to making our day everything we hoped for over the phone! And with Jen, you could truly feel the love she has for what she does from the second you speak to her. We knew we were in good hands and trusted her whole-heartedly.

Congrats guys!

Photography: Jen from Birds of a Feather / Venue & Vineyard: Malibu Rocky Oaks / Coordinator: Couture Events / Florist: The Little Branch / Hair & Makeup: Katie + Shauna at The Girls Beauty Shop / Invitations: Minted / Save the Dates: Smitten on Paper / Cake: Sweet & Saucy / Catering: Whoa Nelly / Rentals: A Rental Connection & Town & Country Rentals / Vintage Rentals: Archive Rentals / Band: The Replicas / Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Low’s / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Headpiece: Twigs & Honey from Elle Bridal Boutique / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos.A.Banks / Shoes: Cole Haan / Ties: The Grunion Run / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids in Memphis, TN

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20 Jul

Aaand, onto our third and final destination, the ever-so-famous Santorini. Hope you’ve enjoyed the trip through Greece thus far. If you missed parts one and two, well, you must go back for a peek.

Santorini is pure magic. And quite the architectural feat with its cliffside buildings, built into the sky. No shortage of white here…the crisp color makes a beautiful accent for the deep blue below.

Santorini, Greece

We stayed in two towns on Santorini island – Oia (pronounced “ee-yah”) and Imerovigli. Each felt different from the other. Oia is a bit busier, lots of people, restaurants, shops, etc. Both boast unbelievable views that beg you for a photo. Wandering through the windy streets was one of our favorite parts of being here.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

A trip down 200 stairs to Ammoudi Bay for lunch is a must! No, you don’t have to walk back up.. you can take a donkey!

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Greek food is superb.. lots of fresh seafood, salads, and of course cheese and plenty of garlicky tzaziki. Our favorite restaurants in Oia were Pelekanos as well as Pitogyros (best gyros and cheap!) for lunch, 1800, Petros, and Ambrosia for dinner. And you can’t miss Lolita’s for gelato, to end the night.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Right across from our hotel was this lovely little juice/coffee/ice cream bar called Passagio, where we went every day for a fresh juice concoction to cool us down.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Mr and Mrs Smith’s Canaves Oia Suites was a hotel dream come true, and the perfect spot for honeymooners. A luxury boutique hotel carved into the cliffside, with private plunge pools overlooking this view below:

Canaves Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Canaves Hotel, Santorini, Greece

I could have stayed here for hours, I tell you.

Canaves Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

White, on white, on white! Lots of little pops of color too.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

We thought we had seen it all, and then we got to Imerovigli and checked into our hotel Kapari Natural Resort. That mountain, that water. Whuuut?!

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Cave dwelling at its finest. This was the perfect spot to end our trip. We ate most of our meals at this hotel when we found out that it is known in the area for its amazing chef. Many locals make nightly reservations here, so the restaurant gets quite busy. I mean, how cool is this place?

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort, Santorini, Greece

If you can peel yourself away from the pool, you can walk about 20 minutes to a small town called Fira. Lots of windy little paths, shops and gelato spots.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

One of the highlights of our stay in Imerovigli was hiking Skaros Mountain. A quick (unless you stop to take a million photos) and amazingly scenic hike and you are on top of the world.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Whew, what a trip! I’m so glad to be able to share this with you all. It truly is a magical country, and a trip we will never forget.

xo, Amanda

Hotels: Canaves Oia Suites | Kapari Natural Resort

 

 
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17 Jul

Minted wedding invitations

New York Skyline Invitations by spotted whale design

The weekend is heeeere! Hallelujah. And so are the latest wedding invitation trends a la our friends at Minted, styled up extra gorgeously by Going Lovely. Of course, we’re kicking them off with gold, which is always timeless and trendy at once, especially when paired with chic accents like black stripes and pink.

Alright, on to more pretty paper via these shots by Rahel Menig Photography

Minted wedding invitations

Next up, watercolor has been transformed: swatches of rich, vibrant oil paint are the latest whimsical design and Melanie Severin nailed it.

Minted wedding invitations

For awhile we were seeing floral everything and it seems like the obsession has, at least in part, turned to stone textures. Agate, marble—really, any stone with a sleek, organic pattern—are both game. Kaydi Bishop designed these agate wedding invitations. We’re already dreaming up a ton a wedding styles that these could rep, are you?

Minted wedding invitations

The aforementioned marble invites by Liz Conley. Très chic.

Minted wedding invitations

When we mentioned gold, naturally we meant gold foil. And surrounded by moody and romantic blooms like the ones Gavita Flora whipped up for the shoot. (Foil pressed invites by Chris Griffith.)

Minted wedding invitations

A little more oil paint inspo courtesy of Lindsay Megahed’s Mulberry Wedding Invitations. (You’ve gotta see the other custom color options for this one. Stunning!)

Thanks to the team below for sharing the latest wedding invitation trends with us.

Do you guys have any fave trends so far in 2015? We’re all ears.

Photography: Rahel Menig Photography / Coordination & Design: Going Lovely / Floral Design: Gavita Flora / Invitations: Minted

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17 Jul

Wedding portrait

Sammie + Tom met in high school on the east coast, started dating senior year of college, and did long distance for two years. When he was finally able to meet her in SF, the west coast officially became home. Naturally their big day needed to blend a little of their east coast style—elegant—with a lighthearted west coast feel—whimsical. So whimsical elegance became their most used phrase for oh, about 10 months. And who should convey such a blend in photos? Edyta Szyszlo for sure…

White wedding dress

Invitation suite

Bridal bouquet

Kate Spade wedding shoes

No one does whimsical elegance like Kate Spade. The ‘maids all wore gold versions of this shoe too.

Wedding signage

Wedding ceremony

Sammie says, One of the first things we did was ask one of our favorite people to marry us— Alphonzo Jackson, my running coach. We designed the ceremony from scratch and included some of our favorite childhood book passages and a wine-box ceremony. We knew we wanted to say our vows outside somewhere beautiful and to have the ceremony be led by someone we cared about. Asking Coach Al was one of our favorite memories in planning. He teared up when we asked him and we knew we had made the right decision.

Wedding florals

Wedding ceremony

Floral petals

Guest favors

Groomsmen shoes

Bridal bouquet

Escort card display

Escort cards

Wedding passed appetizers

Wedding reception

They needed a spot at Cline Cellars where the party could go late, and the barrel room was IT. Colorful fabrics, string lights, and soft peach brightened everything up. Sammie says, The barrel room was everything I had imagined. I dreamt of a colorful ceiling with a beautiful chandelier with walls of barrels, and it was what we got!

Gold table numbers

Wedding reception arcade games

Oh, and Sammie surprised Tom with his fave arcade game, bubble hockey.

Wedding tablescape

Wedding decor

Marquee lights

Red velvet cupcapkes

Wedding bundt cake

Cocktail hour was filled with truffle friends, garlic shrimp skewers, and mini sliders. Dinner was family-style and also included Philz Coffee (Sammie works in their corporate office) for a west coast treat. Then there was Nothing Bundt Cakes cake + C.R.E.A.M custom ice cream sandwiches. Yum.

Wedding portrait

A sweet video by the bride’s videographer friend Mykim Dang

So many fun details in this one! Congratulations you two!

Photography: Edyta Szyszlo / Venue: Cline Cellars / Wedding Planner: Erin Donoghue of Your Event by Erin / Flowers: Florali / Hair & Makeup: Seven 7 Salon / Invitations: Danielle Jackson / Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes / Ice Cream Sandwiches: C.R.E.A.M. / Catering: Park Ave Caterers / DJ: DJ ReOffender / Ceremony Music: Sylvie Leal / Officiant: Alphonzo Jackson / Photobooth: In & Out PhotoBooth by A Casino Event / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events & Hartmann Studios / Linens: La Tavola / Draping: Hartmann Studios / Lighting: Impact Lighting / Arcade Game: Video Amusement Inc / Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tornai / Shoes & Purse: Kate Spade / Bracelet & Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Shoes: J.Renee & Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Canali

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17 Jul

Happy Friday, Cakies! Amanda here. I’m back sharing some more of our trip to Greece last month, to send you into this summer weekend. If you missed part 1 in East Peloponnese and Athens, you can check it out here.

Our second stop: Milos! After seeing too many unbelievable photos of this island on Pinterest, I had to check it out in person. We took a small plane 45 minutes from Athens to Milos. And what we found there was out of this world. Literally. The surface of the moon!

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Our adventure continued, driving all around this island, stopping at secluded beaches and getting lost in the windy road towns. The joy of happening upon a crystal blue cove in the middle of nowhere is immeasurable. With 75 beaches on this island, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only person there.

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Sarakiniko Beach was a game-changer. White, chalky rock in organic shapes with crevices revealing slivers of bright blue water.. we couldn’t believe our eyes.

Greece honeymoon

Milos, Greece

Greece honeymoon

See what I mean, the MOON, right?

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

I promise this place is real. No photoshopping here, folks.

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Greece honeymoon

Papapfragas Beach is yet another magical beach on the island. A small, swimmable cove with a cave tunnel to the sea. Too many beaches, too little time.

Milos, Greece

Below is a photo of our digs at the Melian Hotel, which I’d highly recommend. Perfectly all white buildings, plenty of colorful flowers and the bestest views.

Milos, Greece: Melian Hotel

It’s still hard to believe we were there. One of the most memorable spots we have ever been to, and likely will ever experience. We’ll definitely be back. Next stop: Santorini! Come back on Monday for the full recap.

Have a super weekend!

 
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16 Jul

Wedding portrait

It’s always good when there’s at least one no-brainer decision in the wedding planning process. For this bride + groom, it was tying the knot on California’s central coast. (Not hard to see why, right?) It’s where they met 5 years ago and where he proposed in 2014. With that for an instant decision, Kristin got to planning the flowers + food, while Nick focused on design deets (he is a designer at Dropbox after all). Teamwork = key. Thanks to Kelsey Stewart for sharing these images:

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Bridal bouquet

Srsly, this bouquet. So dreamy.

Bridemaids portrait

Groom portrait

Flower girls

Ceremony wedding florals

Ceremony wedding florals

Wedding ceremony

How sweet is this?! Guests tossed loose lavender in the air as K + N walked by.

Outdoor wedding party portrait

Bridal portrait

Groomsmen portrait

Wedding portrait

Wedding portrait

Nick and I decided to do a wine box ceremony instead of reading vows. We placed our favorite bottle of wine in a box along with love letters to each other. On our first anniversary, we will drink the wine and read the letters. Every year will we add a new bottle of wine and write new letters. This tradition will create a lasting document of our relationship that we can share with our children and grandchildren. During the sunset, we snuck away with our photographer into the hills surrounding the venue. The grass was tall and made that enchanting ‘swooshing’ sound as the breeze gently blew through it. Nick and I could hear our guests partying in the distance.

Wedding appetizers

Wedding food display

Wedding portrait

Bridal accessories

Spanish Oaks Ranch wedding reception

Wedding tablescape

Escort card display

Wedding tables cape

Gold table numbers

Dessert table

We took advantage of the amazing agriculture by sourcing the food and wine locally. Pacific Harvest Catering made a delicious meal that guests are still raving about. We also decided to take an untraditional route with the dessert because neither of us love cake. We had a local sheep’s milk ice cream producer (and Cal Poly alumni) make three custom flavors. They served our guests from their adorable truck! 

Ice cream truck

Naked wedding cake

Dance floor portrait

Parting words from our bride… The best decision I made was working with Danae and her team at Danae Grace Events. Although I knew what I wanted my wedding to look like, there were so many small details and logistics that she guided me through. At one point, I had forgotten to rent NINE TABLES! If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know what would I would have done. I recommend working with a month of planner at least. They will help you put things in perspective and allow you to focus on the details that really matter.

Congrats!

Kristin + Nick from Amanda Madeline Studios on Vimeo.

Santa Margarita, CA

PS: There’s more to see in the gallery.

Photography: Kelsey Stewart / Videography: Amanda Madeline Studios / Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch / Event Coordination: Danae Grace Events / Florist: Adornments Flowers / Hair & Makeup: The Queen Bees / Invitations: Groom Nick Rolph / Ice Cream Truck: Negranti’s Ice Cream Truck / Cake: Paper Cake Events / Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering / Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party & SLO Party Rentals / Linen: La Tavola / Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven in San Francisco / Jimmy Choo from The Real Real / Rings: La Bijouterie / Veil: Abusymother / Just Married Clutch & Comb: Kate Spade from Rent the Runway / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Indochino / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Watches: Kenneth Cole with Hadley-Roma Leather Watch Straps /Bridesmaid Dresses: Paper Crown Bridesmaids / Flower Girl Dresses: ThreeMagicBirds

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