9 Jan

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Sooo, we may or may not have spent January thus far living vicariously through all the international weddings we’ve been posting. From South Africa to Portugal, and now to Yelapa, Mexico, it’s no wonder we have a case of wanderlust! Jeff & Ashley’s tropical, modern wedding took place at Hotel Verana, a boutique hotel in a fishing village just outside of Puerto Vallarta. Ashley says, Verana offers a personal journey to everyone who visits, and that is what we loved most. Each of our guests were able to create their own story, and whether they were hiking to a hidden waterfall, boating around the bay, jumping in plunge pools, or taking cooking classes on the property, it allowed a unique story for them to take home and cherish for years beyond our wedding.

Sounds like the best decision! Thanks to photog Jillian Mitchell for the images below…

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Their best memory was the first look—everything after that seemed effortless.

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Jeff & Ashley fell in love with Jillian Mitchell’s work on a few blogs, and finding out she was based near PV (though she travels) was a huge perk. Ashley tells it, We looked at hundreds of portfolios, and we noticed she consistently captured so many real, candid, unplanned, and gleeful moments with each wedding. There was not much thinking after that. She is beyond talented and shoots with film—how cool is that!?

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Groom Jeff, of BC Graphics, created their invites + logo design which gave everything a special touch. Another meaningful DIY were the napkins sewn by Jeff’s grandmother who couldn’t be there because of the distance.

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Destination Wedding in Yelapa Mexico | Photo by Jillian Mitchell | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84315

Ashley’s advice to brides-to-be: Rely on the guests and the joy of the day to make your wedding day special, not the cocktail napkins and the photo booth props (while very cute!)… People will most likely not remember which color your bridesmaids’ dresses were, but they will remember how they felt at your wedding. In effect, the overwhelming joy from your guests will leave you feeling like it was the best day, too.

Right on. Congrats J + A!

Photographer: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: Hotel Verana in Yelapa, Mexico / Hair & Makeup: Patrick Ta / Florals: Picked day of @ Verana by Verana / Invitation & Logo Design: Groom, of BC Graphics / Cake & Catering: Julio Campos of Verana / DJ: Natalia Benson / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from: Shafer’s in Scottsdale, Arizona / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Suit: Custom by Clotherie / Shoes: Stubbs & Wootton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lela Rose / Groomsmen Suits: Suit Supply & Ferragamo

 
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9 Jan

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

Perusing bride Hayley’s Pinterest wedding board, the words “classic” and “timeless” come to mind. Scrolling through the photos that Paige Jones sent our way, they couldn’t have translated those pins any better: creams and blush tones, hints of copper, and natural beauty surrounding them in every image. Hayley says their goal for the décor was to simply enhance the area’s natural beauty without distracting. Enhance it they did!

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

Hayley’s darling bouquet: garden roses, astilbe, blushing bride proteas, scabiosa pods, olive branches

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

On their venue, San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA: The view of the mountains and gardens surrounding the venue are magical. Also the drive in through the field of olive trees and lavender bushes isn’t half bad either!

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

Photog Paige Jones tells us, The lovely floral invites set the tone for a natural color pallet of soft pinks, greens and oranges, Even Hayley’s Monique Lhuillier dress had a hint of blush to the color. The florals by Honey & Poppies were breathtaking, and Bash Please curated some lovely elements throughout the day. 

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

Their biggest wedding planning hurdle, c/o our bride…

The biggest hurdle was finding out after we had put a down payment on our first choice venue in Ojai that they lost their permit and we were back to square one. I was really bummed and frustrated to be on the hunt again because it had been so hard for us to decide the first time around. After this set back we decided on San Ysidro Ranch; our initial pick, but we had moved off the idea because it was going to be too expensive for our original guest count of 150. We made a really tough call to cut our list to limit only our aunts, uncles, first cousins and a small handful of our closest friends so we could make this venue work within our budget. In the process there were some hurt feelings and lots of hard phone calls to make, but I think everyone understood. So glad it worked out.

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

 

San Ysidro Ranch wedding | Photo by Paige Jones | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84226

Fun note: They met singer/songwriter Meiko at Hotel Café in Hollywood back in 2008 and had joked about her playing their first dance should they ever get married. Fast forward to their big day, where Meiko performed her songs “Stuck On You” and “Reasons To Love You”! So neat.

Congratulations!

Photographer: Paige Jones / Videographer: Austin Hendrix / Venue, Cake, & Catering: San Ysidro Ranch / Event Coordinator: Melissa Pearson & Sydney Norberg of Bash Please / Florist: Honey & Poppies / Hair & Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup / Invitations: Bash Please / Rentals: Found Rentals, Classic Rentals / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier Bliss Collection from Nordstrom Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo Isabel  / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Custom Michael Barin Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo Annabelle in Mink Grey Long / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Vera Wang

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8 Jan

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Planning a destination wedding is tricky. Even more so if the two of you are from two different countries. Emilia is from Poland, Fernando is from Portugal, and they both reside in England. But three things made it possible: an 18-month engagement, amazing vendors like photog André Teixeira + wedding designer Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata and wedding coordinator José Santos of Colunata Eventos, and of course—the internet. Kudos on pulling it off so gorgeously!

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The other half of the Brancoprata team, Sofia Ferreira, designed all of the flowers. They look amazing paired with our cheery bride, yes?

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The ceremony venue was a simple decision: Fernando’s local church in Portugal, ideal for a wedding of 80.

As for the reception spot… We choose Colunata Eventos for the venue as it is a beautiful place in amazing scenery with great management and excellent costumer service provided by José Santos

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

The bride’s bouquet recipe: garden roses, astilbe, ruscus, craspedia, countryside flowers

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Destination Portugal wedding | Photo by Andre Teixeira of Brancoprata | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84284

Aisle song: Wedding March by Richard Wagner played by musicians Manuela Machado, Raquel Fernandes, Eduardo Sousa
First dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Cheers to the happy couple!

Photographer: André Teixeira of Brancoprata / Ceremony Venue: Igreja De Calvos, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Portugal / Wedding Coordinator: José Santos of Colunata Eventos / Reception Venue & Caterer: Colunata de Eventos / Wedding and Floral Design & Styling: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata / Hair: Monica Araújo, Lina Cabeleireiros, Guimarães /Makeup: Bride / Invitations: Bride / Cake: Casa Das Natas, Braga, Portugal / Bride’s Dress: Anna Kara ‘Corriander’ from Anna Kara Saloon, Kraków, Poland / Shoes: Dune / Veil: Borrowed from Bride’s Sister / Headpiece: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata / Jewelry & Wedding Rings: Oficina do Outro, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Portugal / Lipstick: MAC Sunny Seoul / Groom’s suit: Custom from Without Prejudice in London / Shoes: Dune / Watch: Tommy Hilfiger / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Flower Girl Wreaths: Sofia Ferreira of Brancoprata

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