Jose Villa + Joel Serrato: Their Intimate Rustic Wedding

jose villa joel serrato wedding

If you are in the wedding industry or have been reading wedding blogs for more than a month, I’m sure you know Jose Villa and Joel Serrato. Not only are they both amazing story tellers with their photos + films, they are two of the sweetest and most passionate people I’ve met. They were married this past spring and their GORGEOUS wedding is featured in the latest Martha Stewart Weddings (Winter 2012). And who do two of the most talented in our industry ask to capture their day? The amazing + sweet Elizabeth Messina of course!

It’s so obvious from the photos that she was the perfect choice to capture their love and the beautiful venue, The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse (which is actually right down the street from their home in Los Olivos, CA). A gorgeous outdoor ceremony with the most scenic backdrop – I’ve been to the venue and it really is just stunning! Joel told me there were crazy winds the day of their wedding, so they had to go with their plan B and move the reception indoors, but you can see that made for the most intimate dinner. I’m super excited to share a small peek into their intimate and rustic affair today. Be sure to pick up the latest copy of Martha Stewart Weddings next week to see the entire spread!

leather wedding invitations

Leather details and succulent accents added a soft yet masculine touch for their day. Above right is a lamp made from antique camera parts that Joel gave Jose. I love that their design scheme was based off their Polaroid collection, which is presented so well on their ceremony programs.

jose villa joel serrato wedding

jose villa and joel serrato wedding photos by elizabeth messina

jose villa joel serrato wedding

jose villa joel serrato wedding

succulent wedding cake

jose villa joel serrato wedding

Congrats to Jose + Joel! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and lots of laughs :) Be sure to check out both their blogs (Jose’s blog + Joel’s blog) to read more about their wedding and Elizabeth’s blog where she is sharing a few more photos. All of us in the wedding industry are so happy for Jose + Joel, so check out Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake later this afternoon as they share a few additional photos from their special day.

wedding credits:
photography: elizabeth messina // event design + production: Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming! // floral + event design: Mindy Rice Floral Design // venue: The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // cinematography: Joe Simon Films // cake: sweet and saucy shop // catering: New West Catering // paper goods: Tiny Pine Press and Papel Paper & Press // calligraphy: Anne Jones // lighting: Bella Vista Designs // ceremony + cocktail music: Bolero Soul // reception music: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // specialty decor: Barker Decor Service

And Martha Stewart Weddings has even more photos online here and, of course, the winter issue is on newstands this Monday! Can’t wait to see the entire eight page spread…

Photo credits courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
Story credit: Photographs by Elizabeth Messina/Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012. Copyright © 2012
Cover credit: Photograph by Sang An/Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012. Copyright © 2012

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  1. SO excited to see the full spread – these photos are amazing!

  2. Congrats to the TWO of you!

  3. congrats to two of the sweetest people around. gorgeous images, can’t wait to see the spread in martha!

  4. Beautiful wedding and gorgeous photography! Was sooo looking forward to seeing this one and totally worth the wait. :) Congrats!!

  5. Congrats!!! You guys are adorable!!

  6. Love love love. These two men are the most creative, sincere, beautiful people ! The love they share for each other and the passion they have for art is just infectious. xoxoxo

  7. Thank you for featuring the wedding of Jose and Joel. Beautiful…. both in appearance and spirit.


  9. How amazingly beautiful! Congrats!,,

  10. Everything about this wedding is BEAUTIFUL, it’s all light and rustic simplicity. The invitations are STUNNING and you can just feel the love between the two of them. Congratulations!

  11. CANNOT WAIT to see the full spread! I’m crazy for their work. So proud of MSL to do another same sex wedding and show everyone that love is love, no matter who may be in it. (Thank you for sharing a sneak peek!)

  12. These are lovely photos. What a beautiful event. I would expect nothing less with all of the talent and love involved here….

  13. Jose and Joel are two of the most amazing people I have ever met! I am so excited to see the full spread in Martha!!!!

    love you both SO much !!!!

  14. Simply stunning. One of my favorite weddings ever. Beautiful job.

  15. thank you jen for the beautiful feature & kind words….congratulations jose & joel, your wedding was breathtaking…xoxo http:///

  16. I love that wedding professionals, particular photographers, often choose intimate ceremonies over large weddings.

    I’ve always planned on a smaller wedding for myself, and seeing GORGEOUS intimate weddings such as this one (especially with Jose Villa!!!!) makes me feel really good about choosing to do so.

    CONGRATULATIONS JOSE & JOEL! I’ve been looking forward to images from this wedding for a very long time. I’m so excited for you both!!

    Elizabeth, as always, your photographs are truly magnificent.

  17. I am so excited to see the gorgeous photos featured your site! I loved being able to be a part of this special day!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous. What a stunning venue!

  19. Absolutely beautiful… what a perfect day that was! So thankful to be a part of Jose and Joel’s lives and to get to witness their exchange of vows. Bravo to MSW for doing a feature on two amazing, talented and loving men!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics… Congratulations J&J!!! Love you!!!


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