Every wedding is an opportunity for the bride + groom to showcase their personalities + love for each other in their own way, and we adore how today’s couple, McKenzi + Blake, gave their romantic Paso Robles wedding a personal spin with a couple of key details. (The perfect details to pin if you’re going for a similar vibe for your day.) The setting echoed a lush, verdant garden, with picture perfect floral design (and bouquets) by Uniquely Chic Florist Boutique. And in the end, the cozy vibe + stylish design worked hand-in-hand to create an intimate + memorable experience for their guests. Below, McKenzi tells us more about it:
I have been to many weddings where it felt more like we were at a party thrown for the guests rather than a celebration of the couple and their relationship. Blake and I wanted our guests to enjoy themselves of course, but more than anything we wanted our guests to feel the love that we have for one another. The purpose of the day was to celebrate us and the joining of our families; so although we wanted a beautiful day that reflected our relationship, we also wanted a day that remained true to its purpose.
Such a gorgeous group of bridesmaids! They are wearing one of our fave dresses: the Annabelle dress by Jenny Yoo from BHLDN. And, of course, M looked like a total babe in her Rivini dress from Lovella Bridal.
Processional: How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Recessional: The One I Love – Tyrone Wells
First Dance: All I'm Thinking Of – Tyrone Wells
If this setting doesn’t define magical, we don’t know what does! We love the moss centerpieces and elegant garden feel to this nook of the venue.
It is hard to say there were any single memories that I enjoyed the most, other than time I was able to spend alone with my new husband. When I walked down the aisle, when we said our vows and were announced as husband and wife - those were the reasons we were celebrating that day and those were the memories I will cherish the most. The day goes by so quickly! No matter how tightly scheduled your day is, find the time to be with your new husband/wife. Our reverend gave us a wonderful tip, he said to find moments to have a "time-out" and express to one another what you are experiencing. He said that time will pass much more slowly if we take these moments and this could not have been more true!
Being someone who loves planning and loves details, I wanted to design my own wedding. For the first year, I thought I had it all under control. I had the venue, the vendors and I had a lot of details planned for design but about two months before the wedding I realized there were a lot more details than I anticipated. I had hired a day-of wedding coordinator to help with implementing my design the day of the wedding, I thought that would be the only help I needed. Although my coordinator, Lotta, began helping me weeks before the wedding, she did a lot more than just coordinate. She gave me great ideas and of course designed a lot more than she was required to; not only prior to the wedding but also through improvising the day of. A lot of improvising happens the day of the wedding, having a professional to handle that is imperative. It took experiencing my own wedding day to realize how much a coordinator actually does, I could not have done it without her! My advice, spend the extra money and hire a full time wedding coordinator; even though I enjoyed planning my own wedding, I would have had far less stress if I had someone handling the details early on.
Another tip, take your time in finding the perfect vendors. I spent weeks looking for each vendor individually because finding vendors who were experienced and professional made our experience that much more enjoyable. My photographers made one of the biggest positive impacts on my experience, the amount of detail they paid attention to prior to the wedding made me feel relaxed but also cared for as a couple. Over the months approaching our wedding day, I received various wedding day tips, questions about our photography preferences and even quick emails expressing their excitement about our wedding day approaching. Finding vendors that take the time to get to know you and care about your experience will make your experience that much greater
photography: One Love Photography // event design: Lotta Alexandersson from Mint Design // florals: Uniquely Chic Florist Boutique // wedding dress: Rivini from Lovella Bridal // bride's shoes: Steve Madden // bridesmaid dresses: Annabelle by Jenny Yoo from BHLDN // hair stylist: Jacob Hernandez // videography: Well Spun Weddings // catering: Something's Cooking Catering // cake: Cristina Burtchaell (Blake's aunt) // music: Giuseppe & Adriana -- email@example.com // officiant: Reverend Clint Hufft // coordination: Lotta Alexandersson from Mint Design // makeup artist: Ricci Watt, Maria Aguilar // groom attire: Suit from Banana Republic, tie + socks from Penguin, shoes from Steve Madden // jewelry: BHLDN // stationery: Minted and Matinae Design Studio // accessories: Lovella Bridal // rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, All About Events // silk ribbon: Silk and Willow // fans: BHLDN