Monday, April 1, 2013

Sunny California Nuptials from Chartreuse & a Twist

Happy April Fool's Day my darlings!  I am sad to have left Australia and landed back in Texas, but to keep my spirits up Brynn has agreed to share her special wedding with us, which happens to be one of my favorite ceremonies to date. Brynn, of the adorable blog Chartreuse & a Twist, dreamed up a ceremony filled with juicy colors, DIY-ed streamers, and floating vases full of luscious botanicals- all in the midst of a storybook vineyard:















Hello Peak of Trés Chic lovers :) I am so happy to be here today while Sam is having the time of her life in Australia! SO excited for her and can't wait to hear/see all about it!

I was ecstatic when Sam asked if I would share some of my wedding pics! The photos tell the story, really... but for you readers out there and those who want a little more of a back story, here's a little something to tell how the day became OUR DAY...

Brynn + Daniel /// 08.04.12

It’s funny how a bride’s vision can evolve — early on in the planning, I was headed down one avenue, but then I crossed paths with this adorable Rifle print … and boom! Everything changed completely! We filled the event with juicy, citrusy hues and ran a botanical, citrus thread throughout, from the orange illustration on our invitations to the bowls of citrus mixed into the table centerpieces. From the beginning, we looked at our event as a celebration and a party so that we would not get caught up in so many of the traditions and formalities of a wedding. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were attending a dinner party — it needed to feel low-key, intimate, inviting and just simply fun — but with dreamy decor, killer music and the tastiest food around! Our guest were free to sit wherever they wished at long wooden tables, and dinner was served family-style to keep it casual and interactive.
Our family and friends played a huge role in helping accomplish our million and a half projects! I definitely went crazy, making all of the following and then some: 60 dip-dyed napkins from scratch, six table runners, fabric banners that were strung across the lawn, and a watercolored “guest book.” My dear friend, Tarah, put many, many hours into hand-drawn fonts and illustrations for the screenprinted invitation suite and all other paper and graphic details such as the menus and our CD favors.  There was also lots of thrifting time spent searching for milk glass centerpieces, vintage toasting glasses and cake stands!  And the one DIY that might just take the cake was the tables — yes, quite possibly my craziest move! I just had to have wooden tables for the occasion and learned quickly that the style I was seeking was very hard to come by in rentals.  So bless my husband’s heart, he learned quickly how to become a craftsman – and we thank all who helped him. Six 10×4-foot tables were built, assembled, sanded, oiled, painted, disassembled, packaged and shipped from Seattle to central California and then returned home post-wedding. In the end, it was all of these special touches that involved the help of many that added a lot of extra love to our celebration. And every last detail was SO worth all of the time, sweat and tears that went into it! I was seriously the happiest bride on earth. Once I saw my vision completed and in real life, I just couldn’t help but gush in excitement. And still do!
When it comes right down to it, it was our fabulous vendors that truly pulled it all together. We seriously hired the creme de la creme. From our fabulous florist, April, who got me and my vision, to Thomas Hill Organics, whose menu is still talked about by our guests. We also flew in our indie radio station DJ and his wife to make sure that only the best tunes were rockin’ at our party! And I can not leave out the incredibly talented Allyson Magda, our photographer, who captured the event in the most beautiful way possibly, as well as our amazing onsite coordinator at Zenaida, Jen, who kept everything together and running smoothly.
Vendor Credits:
Wedding Photography: Allyson Magda Photography / Wedding Venue: Zenaida Cellars in Paso Robles, California / Floral Design: April Flowers / Wedding Coordination: Jen of Zenaida Cellars / Event Styling, DIY Decor + Details: Chartreuse & a Twist (The Bride) / Wedding Cinematography: Glenn, The Bride’s Stepfather / Catering: Thomas Hill Organics / Wedding Cakes: Thomas Hill Organics + Cake Cathedral/ Wedding Invitations + Paper Goods: Tarah Kovach, Friend of Business Partner of the Bride / DJ: Pair Music Collective / Rentals: Taylor Rentals / Wedding Dress: Sally Crew / Bride’s Short Dress: Aidan Mattox/ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: French ConnectionMadewell + BCBGeneration

{All photography by Allyson Magda Photography}
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