Wiley Valentine Invitations from Costa Mesa, CA

Wiley Valentine designs some beautiful invitations. Founders and designers Emily and Rachelle are the creative geniuses behind the designs. They named the company after their artistic grandmothers – Mary Wiley and Norma Jean Valentine – what great names!. With calligraphic flourishes, dreamy flowers, and stunning typography, their invites are exquisite in the details. They also try to think about the environment first (very important!) and use only 100% recycled or 100% cotton papers. They have three main lines: letterpress, luxe and couture (a custom invite made uniquely for you!) Below are some of my favorites, but definitely check out Wiley Valentine to see even more beautiful examples of their for even more beautiful pieces of art.

LETTERPRESS
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LUXE
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COUTURE
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Real Wedding: Heather + Barry in Laguna Beach

I’ve been loving looking through the One Love Photo Blog the past two days. I saw this fabulous wedding that Heather and Jon (the husband and wife team behind One Love Photo) photographed in Laguna Beach a few months ago and she was kind enough to let me feature it for you guys today. I really love Heather’s style – her photos have a vintage, timeless look, but yet modern also. The bride – also named Heather – used yellow as her main color, with blue satin shoes! Which if you saw my post yesterday, you know I’ve been in a yellow state of mind! Oh, and her dress is GORGEOUS! Love it!

Heather shared this story about how Heather + Barry choose her to photograph their wedding and I thought it was so perfect. It’s really important to find a photographer that fits your style, and they did that.

Last year heather and barry traveled to ireland together. all along barry had a master plan involving one secret ring. he knew the exact spot when the ring would come out of his pocket. a beautiful green lookout point. the question was popped. the answer was yes. ireland will never be the same for these two! heather had brought along a plastic diana camera to freeze her own visions of ireland. she was hoping for lots of blur, soft muted tones and timeless images. while looking through her album from their trip this weekend, it was clear to me that her vision had been captured perfectly.

wanting a similar look for her wedding photos, she began a search for the perfect photographer. she wanted someone who shoots film and uses toy cameras, and who experiments with different processes. she was searching for another artist. the stars must have been aligned, because somehow she stumbled upon my website. even more perfect was the fact that shortly after, we were able to meet in person. when heather first contacted me, i was headed down to los angeles with jon for a pottery show. at our meeting we all clicked and it felt like a perfect match. as the big orange sun went down on their wedding day, we giggled and made beautiful photographs together! jon felt confident using his big papa lens. he knew the style that these two wanted was similar to the “through the viewfinder” look created with his lens.

And now – the fabulous photos! Enjoy and congrats to Heather + Barry!

wedding dress

yellow bridesmaid dresses

ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

photos frames

bird cake toppers

bride and groom

floral design: Kristen at the treasure petal – check out Kristen’s blog for more details on the flowers
reception: Tivoli Too


Also, Heather is a graphic designer and designed the placecards, favor tags, and invitations. She also had old family wedding portraits in mismatching tiffany blue frames on every table.

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..and it was called Yellow

I found this beautiful day after session on the Sloan Photographers blog this past weekend. I’ve been loving yellow lately – and her shoes, his tie, the hand band, balloons! Love it all…. Day after sessions are a great chance to get some more unique photos with out the stress of not enough time on your wedding day. Are you going to do a day after session?

flower hair piece

yellow heels

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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