A Twilight Meets Sleepy Hollow Wedding: Lora + Gary

Lora + Gary are from the U.K. but wanted to have their dream wedding here in sunny California. Since they were planning from overseas, they knew selecting talented + trusting vendors was key to having the wedding of their dreams. To help bring their vision to life, they worked with one of my favorite +  creative planners here in Cali, Heather at Amorology. Lora + Gary wanted their day to be a mix of  Twilight meets Sleepy Hollow meets True Blood feeling for their wedding. What a fun + creative vision for their day! Heather and her team incorporated pumpkins, old world scripts, antiquated silvers, tons of candles, and eerily romantic quotes from the movies so the guests would really get the inspiration behind the whole event. I thought this one was perfect for some Fall wedding inspiration! Thanks to Brandon Kidd Photography for the always gorgeous photos!

ranch wedding

Lora + Gary fell in love with the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, where the weathered wood and natural setting seemed to be the ideal backdrop for this hauntingly beautiful and elegant affair. The only challenge was bringing it to life in the middle of a bright and sunny August day! Amorology selected a color palette that would work for the summer wedding yet fall theme – ice blue, ivory, rich chestnut with touches of burlap, and of course blood orange.

colorful bouquet

bride getting ready

bride in ruffled dress

first look

first look

bride and groom



bridal party

mountain ceremony

ranch wedding

bride walking down isle

ranch ceremony

Without a doubt the ceremony. JP Reynolds was the most spectacular officiant. We booked him without ever having met him because of his website and because of the snippets of his ceremonies we managed to find on various wedding blogs. He did not disappoint. There was not a dry eye in the house. Absolutely every guest raved about his ceremony. He managed to weave the ceremony so that it reflected us as a couple perfectly, and managed to create a ceremony that exceeded all of our (very high) expectations. The ceremony was moving, funny and sentimental.

ranch ceremony

ranch ceremony

fall tablescape

The escort card table helped set the mood immediately for guests. Pumpkins of different shapes and sizes were used to display “scrolls” with guests’ name and the name of their table, which were named after the spooky towns that house the vampires and headless horsemen…Sleepy Hollow, Forks, and Bon Temps! Creepy black crows held up the banner over the escort card table that read “Bitten and Smitten.”

pumpkin wedding

pumpkin wedding

fall reception

Since all of Lora + Gary’s guests were from overseas, they really wanted their favors to be a little piece of California, and what could be better than California Poppy Seeds that guests could plant on their own? Amorology couldn’t resist spooking the favor up! They put the packages of seeds in burlap bags that read “Dawn is breaking.” Guests were surprised to also find a scroll with eerie instructions on how to properly bury their seeds. :)

fall tablescape

fall tablescape

Lora + Gary are also an incredibly romantic couple and wanted their wedding to incorporate sentimental notions as well. To further decorate the tables and to bring a sweet element to the mix, they compiled and framed their favorite romantic quotes from Twilight, Sleepy Hollow, and True Blood. Cori from Brightly Designed created all of the paper elements that perfectly mixed romantic vintage with subtle dark accents.

fall tablescape

fall tablescape

grapefruit centerpiece

And the gorgeous, gorgeous flowers! They were done by the lovely Kate from Flowerwild, whose loose and romantic arrangements were spot on with the vintage theme. Kate and her team created all the florals along with found vintage props, such as shadow boxes, old binoculars, vintage quills and ink wells to enhance the table decor. I also love the addition of garlic cloves and blood oranges – a perfect unexpected element that hinted at the vampire undertones.

fall tablescape

Guests got a kick out of the dessert table that housed salted caramel macaroons, mini cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes. It was definitely “Love at First Bite!”

dessert bar

ranch wedding

Seriously one of the most gorgeous venues ever…

conffetti exit

conffetti exit



bride and groom dance

light bulb strand reception

And be sure to watch their highlight film from Shade Tree Films! What a beautiful + emotional film…don’t forget to hire a good cinematographer! I’m sure Lora + Gary will watch this one many, many times.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Definitely my lack of imagination. Heather had some of the most incredible ideas, but I just couldn’t see them all coming together in my own head. That’s the reason Heather is a fantastic wedding planner and I am not. Eventually Gary and I agreed that we had hired Heather because she created absolutely beautiful weddings and that she understood what we were looking for and we needed to trust her. That was the best decision we ever made. On the day we were blown away by the gorgeous wedding Heather created. Absolutely nothing was forgotten and everything came together in the most unforgettable way.

What an amazing, beautiful + ultra romantic wedding! Congrats to Lora + Gary on your day. And this just goes to show that when planning from a distance, hiring vendors you can trust is so, so key. Lora also shared her proposal story and I know I always love hearing a great proposal story, so I thought I’d share that also! :)

Our Proposal

Gary proposed on February 13, 2010 (Unlucky for some but very lucky for me). He had been working in Hong Kong and had returned on the Thursday night (but I was away with work when he returned). We met for lunch on the Friday, and Gary says he saw me and decided that he wanted to marry me. When he left me, he headed straight for the jewelers to buy the engagement ring.

That night, he casually asked me whether I wanted to go out for a few drinks to my favorite hotel. The hotel is next door to our apartment and so it would be ridiculous to stay there, but it has the most incredible roof top terrace overlooking Manchester. I said yes, suspecting nothing at all, we were staying in for valentines day (as we always did).

On the Saturday night we headed over to the hotel and Gary was carrying a ridiculously big shopping bag (like he’d bought half the shop). We were due to exchange valentines presents and we’d agreed to buy each other “experiences” rather than physical presents so I assumed he had the big bag to throw me off.

We go into the bar downstairs and Gary goes to the bar and gives in his name. I thought that was a little strange, but then a woman appeared and said our table was ready on the terrace (this is not unusual that you have to book a table just for drinks on special occasions). We go upstairs to the terrace and on the terrace is one table with flowers, candles and a bottle of champagne. I still did not realize something was going on because I’m lucky enough to have a very romantic boyfriend who often surprises me.

Gary pours the champagne and then hands me a scroll. Inside the scroll is a poem. The poem talks about how everyone always say that love is not meant to last, that something will always go wrong, and that people cannot be happy forever. At the end of each verse is the line “prove that I lie”. Gary tells me that he has always thought that relationships would go wrong, that happiness had a time limit but that he knows that I will “prove that he lies”. He trusts that I will love him and that we will make it work and always be together. Then he gets down onto one knee and asked me to be his wife.

I didn’t even open the jewelry box he offered me, I just threw my arms around his neck and shouted “yes yes yes yes”! Thankfully he eventually drew my attention to the box, because it contained the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, I could not have picked a better one if I had chosen it myself.

photography: Brandon Kidd Photography // wedding planning + design: Heather Balliet of Amorology // venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // floral design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild // officiant: JP Reynolds // caterer + cake: Duo Catering and Events // wedding dress: Fauna by Pronovias // shoes: Jimmy Choo // hairpiece and bracelet: Acacia II, Jenny Packham // bridesmaids’ dresses: Penny’s Party Dress from French Connection // paper goods: Brightly Designed // lighting: Bella Vista // wedding band (reception): Blu Note Party Band // wedding singer (ceremony): Stevie Rae Stephens // make-up artist: Nicole Deanne // cinematographer: Shade Tree Films // rings: Slack and Andrews, Manchester UK 

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  1. What a great fall wedding! I love the bride’s hair accessory!

  2. Oh man, those images behind the window are AMAZING.

  3. LOVE this wedding! Heather you did such a great job, once again. :)

  4. I love the mix of fall, burlap and vintage. The mountain backdrop is so ideal! Such a gorgeous wedding :)

  5. I love the dress and the beautiful flowers. The images are gorgeous. Not really understanding the pumpkins at an August wedding.

  6. Love me a barn wedding!
    I love how everything was light and delicate and rustic but then there were pops of dark with the napkins and crows and feathers. LOVE!

  7. Love the engagement story! Not a wedding theme that I would chose but beautiful nonetheless! Goes to show that if you can dream it, it can be done! Congrats to a lovely couple! <3

  8. Chrissy at The Perfect Palette on:

    REALLY loving the table decor, the striped napkins and all of the attention to detail here.

    xo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette.

  9. that proposal is so sweet! loved her second dress too!

  10. This is the perfect way to do a themed wedding! Not too over the top but gorgeous and definitely styled to fit the occasion. Beautiful!

  11. I LOVE how seasonal and themed this wedding is, while remaining very stylish and refined! The tablescapes are IN-SANE.

  12. That’s a sublime view from the tables:-) loving the photo tones, very nice.

  13. She looks stunning. I love her choice of flowers and the color palette.

  14. Has a very Edgar Allan Poe feel to it.

  15. Its so lovely and beautiful. I think the pictures you shared its awesome and she looks so beautiful and i love all the pictures. Its looks so romantic.

  16. She looks stunning. I love her choice of flowers and the color palette

  17. Perfect wedding and perfect couple! I love your proposal story so much, it feels like a movie! Congrats Lora & Gary! So happy for you!

  18. This is one of the most creative weddings I’ve seen in a while! I love how the theme was so subtle, and I love the fact that they pulled off a fall-ish theme in the middle of summer!

  19. The video says it all. Way to capture…. love it!!!

  20. What a wonderful wedding the song during the vows Just happens to be my walk down the ailse song! Beautiful wedding!

  21. I’d never thought of pumpkins and crows as romantic decor…until now! I love the fanciful, rustic feel to those drop-dead gorgeous tablescapes!

  22. What an amazing wedding and a beautiful couple! Where is that ? The bit about Lora’s Grandad did me in ! Can anyone out there tell me where Lora’s hairpeice is from ? I have been looking for something exactly like it its devine . Best wishes to you both.

  23. Beautiful wedding… very well done. Love the shots of the bride and groom behind the window.

  24. I love the headpiece. And I love the location, at a ranch in the desert. Very beautiful.

  25. Everything was beautiful. Love the look of the photos that the photographer edited them in. Outstanding!

  26. absolutely beautiful!! perfect for autumn


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