Hawaiian-Inspired Vineyard Wedding: Alyssa + Dana

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Yep, you read that post title right + vineyard weddings inspired by the islands are something you definitely don’t see everyday! Alyssa + Dana live in Hawaii, but wanted to have their wedding in a convenient destination for family and friends. They decided that Sanford Winery & Vineyard in Santa Barbara, California was the perfect place to celebrate with their guests; most of whom were flying in from far away places like Hawaii, New York, and Colombia, South America. To make things interesting + reflective of their current lifestyle, A + D went with rustic vineyard + Hawaiian fusion theme. Pretty unique, and we seriously couldn’t love it more! Let’s hear a little more about how they got to this place, directly from the bride herself:

We had a destination wedding with almost all of our guests logging significant flight times to California. We were really touched by that, so we wanted to create an inclusive event that was about celebrating everyone being there with us. That philosophy drove our plans for the wedding. We included all of our parents in the ceremony by having them walk each of us down the aisle. To ensure that all of our guests felt included in the ceremony, we set up the site with the huppah in the center and the seating surrounding us on all sides. (I like to refer to this as the wrestling ring set up.) The ceremony was held in the vineyard, so we were first surrounded by friends and family, then by the grapes and finally by the mountains around that. It was a really beautiful and special moment.

Thanks so much to Troy Grover Photographers for these oh-so-beautiful images and big congrats to Alyssa + Dana on a beautifully original day!

tropical peony bouquet

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

We love Alyssa’s tropical bouquet by Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs. Tenly Erin Young also tackled the event design for the day, so it’s no surprise that the fun fusion styling, which could have been difficult to pull off, ended up being perfectly cohesive.

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical peony bouquet

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Alyssa adds, Neither of us wanted to bridesmaids or groomsmen, but we didn’t want to disappoint a few very excited, eager and important people in our lives, so we asked my nieces, Dana’s nephew and our close friends’ daughters to be our bridal party. They walked down the aisle and stood with us during the ceremony.

flower girls and a ring bearer

lei favors

All of our guests arrived at the winery by bus at the same time. They exited the bus and went straight into the vineyard where Dana and I greeted and welcomed each guest and personally presented him or her with a Hawaiian lei, which we had shipped in from Hawaii. We had white orchid leis for the women and kukui nut leis for the men. Since the bride and groom typically stay “hidden” until the ceremony begins, it was a nice surprise for everyone and helped set an informal and intimate mood for the rest of the wedding.

tropical floral arbor

tropical floral arbor

tropical floral arbor

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

What a beautiful spot to tie the knot. The fusion of details came together just gorgeously…

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

If you agree that the mix of Hawaiian decor elements in a vineyard setting is pretty amazingly unique, you can shop with us to get a similar look for your day below:

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard frame escort display

chalkboard menu

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical reception florals

tropical reception florals

chalkboard table number

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

tropical reception florals

tropical reception florals

olive oil favors

chalkboard drink menu

 cheesecake table

Dessert was cheesecake from Junior’s in New York, where Alyssa is originally from. Yum!

cheesecake

Santa Barbara vineyard wedding

Use the familiar wedding traditions as guidelines or a menu, not a script. Include what is meaningful and important, add in other personal touches and toss the rest. Don’t feel guilty about not doing something. Many of our guests actually appreciated that we skipped the typical wedding stuff and really focused on creating a wedding that was uniquely ours. Many time over we heard things like I’ve never been to a weeding quite like this, or that people really appreciated the small unique touches that were distinctly us.

photography: Troy Grover Photographers // venue: Sanford Winery & Vineyard Santa Barbara, California // event design: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs // event planner: Jessica Kuipers of Bijoux Events // florals: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs, Leis by Rachel’s Lei Stand in Honolulu // wedding dress: Watters // hairpieces: Tenley Erin Young Floral & Event Designs //shoes: Stuart Weitzman // junior bridesmaid dresses: Une Deux Trois // hair: Ashley Sinnott of Sanctuary Salon, Honolulu // makeup: Chateau Belle, Santa Barbara // groom suit: Ted Baker // paper goods: Minted // catering: Season’s Catering // cake: Junior’s Cheesecake, NYC // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // officiant: Ian Forsyth, a close friend // dj: Music by Bonnie //guitarist: Sam Adams //specialty rentals: Scout Rental Co // linens: La Tavola Linens // calligrapher: Leslee Sipress

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Whimsical Holiday Wedding Inspiration

floral swing

When photographer, Serena, of Love by Serena, stumbled upon Cold Saturday Farm in Finksburg, Maryland, she immediately wanted to create + photograph something there. With the holidays quickly approaching, an editorial embracing simplicity, elegance + natural elements – mixed with the rich colors of the season – felt just right. Teaming up with Celebrating Love by Marcie and aiming to produce a scene with an ethereal vibe, Serena’s vision for the shoot came to life in the most beautiful way. The perfect inspiration for winter brides or holiday soirées, we think!

floral swing

flower hair piece

Floral swings are seriously one of our most favorite things!

berry floral swing

holiday inspiration

holiday red bouquet

Serena shares, Marcie is constantly inspired by nature – especially by what is currently in season at the local market. She incorporated the deep scarlet red of pomegranates, cranberries and pears, along with the rich purple shades of grapes and plums. The sheer, flowing table runner and beautiful hand dyed silk floral ribbons from Silk & Willow complemented the softness and simplicity of the wedding dress.

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday invitation

fruit plate setting

gold tablescape details

calligraphy name tag

holiday centerpiece

menu

holiday inspired naked cake

The cake table (with a pretty naked cake by La Cakerie) was designed to seem as if it was a part of the woodsy setting – placed amongst the red and yellow leaves from the passing of autumn.

holiday inspired naked cake

holiday inspiration

flower crown

flower crown

Thanks so much to Serena + the talented team below for getting us into the sweetest holiday spirit!

photography: Love by Serena //styling: Celebrating Love by Marcie // venue: Cold Saturday Farm Finksburg, Maryland // florals: Blush Floral Design Studio // floral ribbon: Silk & Willow // stationery + calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // beauty: Ariel Lewis // dress store: Bella Bridesmaids Baltimore // cake: La Cakerie // dress: SAJA // model: Sammy Jaeger //  // tableware: Antique,Vintage,Thrifted

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Spanish-Inspired Boho Luxe Wedding: Alyx + Stephen

red bridesmaid dresses

We’re all kinds of in love with today’s red, green + gold wedding, captured beautifully by our girl Danielle Poff! Alyx + Stephen’s wedding has the perfect feel for the holidays, but their design ideas would work gorgeously for a wedding held any time during the year. They totally went for it with their Spanish-inspired boho luxe theme (a killer, unique concept if you ask us). And each detail they included, which you’ll see below, truly inspires us to no end. We think you’ll definitely  feel the same. Let’s hear a bit more about it all from the beautiful bride:

Our biggest inspiration for the day was location. We really wanted our wedding day to be very us, so we made sure our venue was local and relative to our relationship. We met in high school, so our hometown is part of our love story. Plus we wanted all our friends and family there to party with us! We both love the beach and Spanish style architecture, so The Casino San Clemente (in San Clemente, California) was the perfect venue. The style inspiration was some kind of beachy-spanish-boho-luxe. We didn’t want the wedding to be too “wedding-ish” but have a bohemian feel mixed with some touches of glamour. We really love the idea of mashing up things together- juxaposition. We had a plated dinner of gourmet hamburgers with family style homemade mac & cheese, for goodness sake!

floral bridesmaid robes

floral bridesmaid robes

red bridesmaid dresses

All in the Detail Design helped A + S pull together their design ideas (and boy are they good!). The wedding party style was totally on point, too. The girls in their bright red dresses from Flynn Skye + the guys in super sharp-looking black suits – just so good. If you love this wedding’s vibe as much as us, shop it below to get the look:

red bridesmaid dresses

open back bridesmaid dresses

Nicole Miller wedding dress

Nicole Miller wedding dress

ribbon bouquet

How gorge is Alyx’s peach + ivory bouquet by Cassie of Wildflower of San Clemente?

veil with flower piece

Nicole Miller wedding dress

groomsmen

groomsmen

chalkboard

Casino San Clemente

Our Vows to each other. It was so magical to express our truest emotions about one another in front of all our loved ones. We cried, we laughed, and we recommend writing your own vows to anyone considering it.

Casino San Clemente

wedding party

wedding party

confetti

Processional: Traditional Wedding March on Acoustic Spanish Guitar

Recessional: That's What's Up – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You – Franke Valli (sung live by Soulicious)

confetti

San Clemente wedding

San Clemente wedding

San Clemente wedding

Major love for these sunset beach shots Danielle captured of the cutie newlyweds!

San Clemente wedding

gold bow heels

San Clemente wedding

chalkboard hashtah sign

Alyx shares, With our new last name being “House”, we had so much fun playing with that for wedding details. It made things really unique to us and fun for guests. We had a list of House Rules, House Margaritas, the bar was “On the House”, each table had a bottle of House Sauce, our wedding cake was the shape of a house, and of course we entered the reception to Brick House as our band was revealed as a surprise to guests.

vintage lounge

vintage lounge

candle mantle

card box

boho table

fringe garland

gold green tablescape

gold green tablescape

So many fun gold touches! And we just adore the abundant greenery table runners, too.

garland table runner

gold table runner

gold table runner

gold votive decor

moroccan lantern decor

moroccan lantern decor

dessert bar

dessert bar

sparkler exit

See even more in Alyx + Stephen’s wedding video by The Hubs Films:

Consider a band! Ah we loved our band and they rocked the house! It was so fun! We kept them a secret until our entrance into the reception and people freaked out. Guests loved it, we loved, and it ultimately created such a fun and unique experience!

photography: Danielle Poffenbarger of Danielle Poff Photography // venue: The Casino San Clemente San Clemente, California // event design: Bride & MOB // event planning: Amy Beck of All in the Detail Design // florals: Cassie of Wildflower of San Clemente // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // hairpieces: Alyx House (bride), Promised Land Jewelry // veil: Marie Nelson, West Coast Couture, Wildflower of San Clemente // shoes: Nine West // bridesmaid dresses: Flynn Skye // hair: Sundara Salon // makeup: Julie Koeth // groom suit: Vera Wang // videography: The Hubs Films // paper goods: Alyx House (bride) // catering: Iva Lees // cake: Shannon Powers of Dreamy Sweets Pastries // rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals // officiant: Father James D. House, groom’s father // reception music: Soulicious, Kristen Madison – kristenmadison@gmail.com // film developing + scans: Photovsion Prints

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