Ellery + Rarig are Engaged!

Ellery and Rarig are one of the sweetest couples we've ever had the chance to work with, and we are so fortunate to be planning and designing their wedding exactly one year from today! The two will be getting married at Firestone Vineyards next summer, with photographer and friend Alexandra Wallace capturing the day. 

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With their wedding almost exactly one year away, the two kicked off their wedding planning season with an engagement session at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez. Alexandra did an amazing job with the photos. They are romantic, light, ethereal and capture the romance between the two. We cannot get enough!

We are already having such a great time envisioning the day with these two, and even had a chance to stop in on Ellery's dress shopping experience. We won't give away any hints to what she chose, but let's just say Rarig is going to be speechless! 

The Sunstone Villa is simply breathtaking, and provides the perfect backdrop for this engagement session. Looks like something straight out of Europe!

Thanks to the lovely vendor team who put together this entire shoot. And if you haven't already, check out Alex Evans Makeup Artist. She is the one responsible for enhancing Ellery's natural beauty with soft and effortless makeup. Sometimes we find ourselves scrolling through Alex's Facebook and Instagram looking at all her clients' before and after photos. She's one amazing artist and is extremely talented at what she does! 

Vendor Love: 

Photography: Alexandra Wallace

Makeup: Alex Evans Makeup Artist

HAir: Ana Garcia Cheadle // The hair Lounge

Venue: Sunstone Villa

The Design Process: Meeting > Brainstorm

Today we're beginning a new series on our blog where we share all about our design process for weddings! From initial meeting to dream wedding and all the details in between.

Scout Coffee in San Luis Obispo

Scout Coffee in San Luis Obispo

First we're going to share about a lovely couple who will be getting married in 2015 at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. This place is gorgeous and we couldn't wait to hear all about the bride and groom's wishes for their big day. We met the two over a cup of coffee and began discussing their dream wedding! We are hired on as their Design + Month-Of Coordinators, and are already getting seriously excited for next year. 

I mean, how cute is this coffee shop?

I mean, how cute is this coffee shop?

Immediately after the meeting, we began brainstorming ideas {the men in our lives are not the biggest fans of hearing wedding talk all day, every day, but we just can't stop}. After hearing snippets of what the bride loves, what the groom hates, and simply getting a general idea of their taste, we make design boards to convey the mood/colors/design of their wedding.

The first page of this couple's first design board. 

The first page of this couple's first design board. 

We use Pinterest, our own portfolio, and vendor websites to curate these boards. Pinterest is so great because you can type in a few words of what you envision, and scroll {sometimes for hours} down until you find just what you were thinking! We never copy things exactly as we see them on Pinterest, and that is never our plan. These photos are just to give our clients an idea of the overall mood we envision for their wedding! We love to use actual photos from rental companies and linen companies to show clients what they would get in terms of flatware, linens, chairs, etc.

A look at our portfolio.

A look at our portfolio.

It is a tad bit scary clicking send once we create our boards- crossing our fingers that they will love it! Usually they do, but if not, we take suggestions and change up the boards as much as needed. These are made to reflect the style and personality of our couples {just as their wedding will}, and it is important that they are perfect! Fortunately, our bride and groom were happy with this board, making our design process even faster. Can't wait to share more next week!