River Highlands Ranch {Stylized Shoot}

Well you have heard me build up to our stylized shoot then gush over how great it went. The photos are in and I am so excited how it turned out. These shoots are so fun because as a team we were able to create so many fun elements that hopefully inspire all of you.

Welcome to River Highlands Ranch, our view and blank canvas for the day.

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Details, details, details!

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Working with Forever Vintage Rentals is a dream. We created a coffee bar! It is a great design piece to included in your big day as well as providing something for you guests! I love all of the design concepts out right now, but I really feel like everything needs to have a purpose. What goes with coffee…treat!

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Our beautiful table layout with most serene backdrop.  Thank you to DeAnn with Rodarte Floral for providing these bright and whimsical floral pieces.

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Emly and Alex are so sweet together. You can create so much for a shoot but not the connection the two of them have.

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No guest can leave without taking a token to remember the special day. Baby redwoods were the favor in this day. To take, plant, love on and let love take root!

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Thank you to the following talented people

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

Venue: River Highlands Ranch

Floral: Rodarte Floral

Rentals: Forever Vintage

Desserts: Sugar Lillie Bakery

Hair and make up: Minx Salon and Spa

Signs: Sweetly Spoken Signs

Tree’s: CRC-Californai Redwood Company

Style and coordination: Alpha Lee Events

And our lovely bride and groom Alex and Emly

Have a great week!

-Kim

Venue spotlight: River Highlands Ranch

Happy Monday! Well we had a very busy weekend. I had the privilege to work with some incredible people to create a unique and beautiful wedding shoot. I cannot wait to share with you all the images and stories from the shoot but today I thought I would highlight the talented folks that helped. Today we will start with…

River Highlands Ranch

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This was the back drop for our beautiful shoot. When you drive on their property your blood pressure drops and you are in awe of the land. Rolling green hills, gravel pathways, vineyards and a beautifully designed barn that looks out on the 600 acres. RHR is designed perfectly for an event. From the design work you can do in the barn to the fun elements you can bring in because you truly have a blank canvas. One of my favorite additions is the duck pond cabin. This cozy little cabin sits on a beautiful stream, has a fire place, darling kitchen, bathroom and large bed.

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It’s a perfect spot for after you say I do. I love working with Juanita, she knows the property and it’s capabilities so well and is so helpful. You can find more information and pictures at http://riverhighlandsranch.com.

For more from our shoot check Alpha Lee out on Instagram, @alphaleeevents. Have a great day!

-Kim

Anne and Chris’ wedding day

I have to say these are my favorite posts to write. I love reflecting back on the day and falling in love with all of the moments and details all over again.

Anne and Chris’ day was so special. They were so excited for it as were their guests. Anne had such a clear vision of what she wanted to see come alive as far as decor and little touches, but the basis was she wanted to marry her best friend and do it it front of the one’s she cared about most and God. Anne is one of the most sincere and caring people I know. All day she kept asking if I was doing ok and if she could get me anything…really!! Here is the day summed up by the talented Anita Martin Photography.

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This is the moment in a planner’s life that really makes you choke up. This is Anne’s response to seeing her long awaited vision come about. It’s the moment where you take that long awaited breath as a bride and say it’s here, the day is here and this is what I’ve planned, hoped and prayed for. For me this is why I do what I do, so a bride, groom and their family can have this moment and enjoy it.

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Anne and her mom Mary, have a relationship that is extremely special. They have a unique and special bond that this picture screams.

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This one melts my heart. This is Anne and her sweet ring bearer Hudson. These two share a sweet bond and it also just shows the care and love Anne has. She took the time to give Hudson a pep talk, tell him how handsome he looked and how much she loves him. The best news… Hudson went down the aisle like a champ!

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 Ok wipe the tears, let’s switch over to the details. Anne really wanted a beautiful/clean winter white setting, but also wanted everyone to be comfortable and cozy.

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All of Anne and Chris’ family and friends pulled together to make this dessert buffet. Their favors were custom hot chocolate mugs and a decked out hot chocolate bar full of fun toppings.

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Loved this sign! Created by Carly Pray with Sweetly Spoken Signs.

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Chris and Anne are amazing golfers and share the love of golf. Forget the sand ceremony, this wedding called for a ceremonial chip shot.

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Thank you Anne and Chris for allowing me to share in such a special and treasured day.

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For much more of Chris and Anne’s wedding visit Anita Martin Photography’s blog. Have a great day and happy friday!

Photography: Anita Martin Photography

Venue: Morgan Creek 

Flowers: Rodarte Floral

2013 Bridal {hairstyles to swoon for}-Guest Blogger Maddison Carey

I am so excited for this post. Maddison Carey owner and stylist at Minx Salon and Spa in Loomis, CA is sharing some beautiful styles with us. She has collected her favorites and put together a helpful and style inspired post for you to enjoy! Thank you Maddison, love working with you!!

2013 Bridal  {hairstyles to swoon for}

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2013 is here and so is the start to spring wedding season. With each new season we are introduced to the amazing creative work of  the upcoming looks designed by hairdressers everywhere. This season has has moved away from the overly tossled,, well played water fall braid and into a new look.

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Easy breezy beautiful UpDo

We take a look at these amazingly romantic styles; soft swept curls, ballerina buns, chignons, and loosely laid French twist. All so delicately pined to perfection.

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Retro Waves

At this years golden globes retro wave dominates the runway. This vintage look has major fancy factor while still allowing a bride to feel comfortable and in her own skin.

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Bouncy bombshell

For all you long hair lovers out there this season bodacious bombshell look is for you. Big, sexy, shinny curls bouncing down the isle with you is what this look is all about!

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To check out more about Maddison and her talented team visit their site http://www.minxsalonandspa.com/.

Have a great day!!

-Kim and Maddison:)

All things vintage

What a week! So many incredible meetings. One though was the absolute highlight. I called Forever Vintage Rentals asking about some of their beautiful candle sticks I saw on their site. That lead to us discussing more about their beautiful items they have collected and gorgeous handmade wood farm tables! THEN we began to discuss the property that they own that has been the place for many beautiful weddings. With all of this talk I had to visit.

I can positively say I have never met two women who are as genuine, hospitable and and passionate as Rhonda and Cara. They understand weddings to another level with recently going through their own daughter’s weddings. I need to stop and say why I am mentioning this and why this is important. When looking for vendors make sure you have a connection with them. Yes, price is important but really make sure you can connect with them, they understand you. I recently brought a client up to their property and the bride asked why did they treat us so well? Did you pay them:)? My response was this is the way it should be. This is a wedding, a extremely big part of your life and commitment and finding someone to care and take the time to really listen to what you are looking for is important. You should not just be another booking.

Ok now back to all things pretty and vintage. Let’s start with their rental company. I cannot begin to tell you everything they have but I will share a few of my favorites.

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Do yourself a favor and go browse their site, you will fall in love with everything! www.forevervintagerentals.com 

Now on to the property… Leaning Tree Lodge. I’m sure this will not be my last post about it but I had to just give you a glimpse. It is located right in Apple Hill outside of Placerville. You overlook a beautiful and huge pond, tree’s surround the property, market lights are already pre strung, fire pit and so much more. You go out there and you feel like you walked into another land like Narnia:) Here are some incredible events they have done but check them out on their Facebook page for much more.

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For many more pictures of different style weddings check them out!

Thank you Forever Vintage Rentals and Leaning Tree Lodge for treating us like queens and sharing your true gem with us.

Happy weekend!

-Kim