After hearing that Elaine was part of the visuals team for Anthropologie and Mitch was an event producer, we knew we were in for some seriously rad event styling and fashion. The handmade decorations, elegant bohemian aesthetic, and golden lighting all lend themselves perfectly to the California vineyard setting. Elaine’s off-the-rack dress turned one-of-a-kind wedding gown is the real showstopper though. Elaine worked with a tailor to basically rebuild the gown, adding layers of silk chiffon, handmade rosettes, silk rope, feathers, and other gorgeous boho details. We’re so glad The Why We Love was there to capture their intimate 36-guest fete. Click here to view the full gallery of images!
Elaine says, I collaborated with Yuli Mosk on my gown, an amazing Beverly Hills tailor who patiently and brilliantly executed the many manipulations of the dress. He followed my vision and was able to do with his hands what my mind dreamt of. He totally got it when I showed up with yards of silk chiffon and told him I wanted flowy, raw-edge, uneven layers that hung effortlessly and created movement in the dress. He didn’t bat an eye when I later showed up with a bunch of hand-made rosettes and silk rope with feathers tied to the ends and showed him where I thought they should go.
Elaine’s bouquet consisted of peonies, anemones, and roses, among other fresh blooms. I wanted my bouquet to look as if I went out and picked those flowers that day, and the palette to complement (not match) my dress.
Two things we will never get tired of seeing: bunting and barn receptions.
Mitch and I went into planning our wedding with the attitude of creating the most beautiful and intimate day that reflected us in every possible way. Overall, our favorite thing about the day was that our families bonded so beautifully and naturally. When I arrived I had to wait in the tasting room for 15 minutes while everyone was reined in. I got to watch from a bird’s-eye view from the top of the hill, and see my wedding in action before actually being in it yet. It was such a lovely perspective.
Photographer: The Why We Love / Venue & Furniture: Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA / Event Coordinator: Victoria Judge / Haircut & Color: Vicente Ortiz / Florist: April Peet from April Flowers / Catering & Cake: Thomas Hill Organics / Rentals: All About Events / Transportation: Crown Limo / Guitarist: Jody Mulgrew / Officiant: Diane Tanner (friend) / Décor Installation and Setup: Patrick Minkley and Lisa Beaird / Bride’s Dress: Va Et Vien from Anthropologie with modifications and alterations by bride and Yuli Mosk / Shoes: Franco Sarto / Headpiece: DIY / Bracelet: Family heirloom / Lipstick: Desert Rose 25 from Bobby Brown / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Shoes: Alden Indy 405 Boot / Knit Tie: J. Crew / Tie Clip: The Tie Bar / Flower Girl Dresses: Chasing Fireflies / Headpieces: DIY
Who remembers our last sale with Emerson Fry? It was bangin’. Like sold out of everything in one day. And we’re still sad we didn’t pick up a few more things for ourselves. Which means we’ll be shopping our new sale with them, starting this Tuesday (in 4 days!) the 13th at 9 AM Pacific in the Pop-Up Shop, with the rest of you.
Who hasn’t been coveting that Butterfly Caftan for the last two years?! Guessing only you lucky ladies who already own it. Perfect addition to your honeymoon wardrobe, if we do say so ourselves. And their pieces for fall are gorgeous as always.
We’ll see you all in the Pop-Up Shop at 9AM sharp! 2 days only. It’s going to be a good one.
Happy weekend, y’all.
Taber Ranch was the very first venue that Wren + Joya looked at, and they instantly fell in love with its surreal natural beauty and rustic charm. Do ya blame ‘em? Joya says, We loved the idea of dining under the stars and dancing the night away in the barn. We wanted it to feel relaxed, and we wanted our guests to enjoy yummy non-traditional wedding food, dance their butts off, and have a good time. Julie Pepin Photography was there to capture all the fun.
W + J love to get crafty, so they took on a bunch (and we mean a bunch!) of DIY projects for their big day. The table numbers were glass water bottles from Ikea with vinyl numbers found on Etsy.
For these giant cardboard letters, Wren and Joya found all the cardboard, built the letters in 3-D on the computer, translated the measurements onto the cardboard, and then put them together using glue, tape, and paint. Voila!
And the LOVE marquee… yet another DIY.
Congrats, Wren + Joya!
Photographer: Julie Pepin Photography / Venue: Taber Ranch / Catering: Gaston Catering / DJ: Fog City Entertainment
We’re just crazy about this eclectic botanical wine and whiskey party photographed by Meghan Sadler. Everything Yeti & the Beast designed for this soiree circled around the femininity of wine and the masculinity of whiskey. They were inspired by vintage botanical and insect illustrations, along with wooden details that are often associated with the process of making both wine and whiskey.
Yeti & the Beast also designed all the gorgeous paper goods you see here… We found a library of old botanical images at hi-res and picked our faves to use for our set. We mixed and matched all the envelope liners with insects and florals. We kept the typography on the inside elegant but simple so we could really let the illustrations, die-cut, and custom monogram shine.
The menu we created was based off of recipes we found that all involved using either whiskey or wine. We made caramel chocolate marshmallow whiskey bark, whiskey soaked cola gummies, red wine poached pears, red wine herbed butter, banana cheesecake with a whiskey glaze, and hot toddies. We served traditional sangria and a whiskey punch.
We loved the idea of having a garland down the center of the table but didn’t have a lot to spend, so we looked to our backyard to find a fresh and fragrant honeysuckle vine that would become the bulk of our garland.
The long wooden serving planks are actually tile from The Home Depot. Brilliant! And all those cute little teacups? Thrifted.
We made the tables out of some leftover fence wood from our good friends. We wanted this event to be a little more upscale than your average backyard party, but we also wanted it to feel cozy and welcoming so we decided to use blankets and pillows from our home to cover the ground for seating.
What a unique and creative event!
Photography & Calligraphy: Meghan Sadler / Event, Floral & Stationary Design & Food: Yeti & the Beast