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 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.
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.
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