Amy + Larry @ Rancho Santa Margarita Bell Tower

Taking on out-of-town clients is always a bit more of a challenge than my local brides.   You have to form a trust level with your client, no matter what, but when most of the planning is done from 2700 miles away, it is all taken to a new level.  I felt that bond form immediately with Amy, even before she officially booked us as her wedding planners!  She and her fiance Larry wanted to plan a Southern California wedding from their home in DC and hired us even before they found a venue!

After a long while of searching, we finally hit the jackpot with the Rancho Santa Margarita Bell Tower….it had everything she was looking for to host her modern charcoal, yellow and navy wedding.   Below are some of my favorite shots, taken by my favorite photographer, Jordana from Hazelnut Photography.  Enjoy!

There is nothing better than a happy bride….and this picture just says it all.   Amy was one giddy lady on her wedding day!


A few details from the “getting ready” portion of the day.  My favorite sash of all time….I don’t know what it was about it, but the minute I saw it, I was in love.  And the jewelry?  Not only was it deliciously blingy, but it had alot of sentimental value as well….Amy’s mom made it specifically for Amy for her wedding day!!



I love the “finishing touches” picture….it’s that moment right before most brides are going to either get ready to walk down the aisle, or to see their fiance for the first time at the “first look.”  Either way, it’s hugely intense and serene and the moment when the bride finally looks perfect.



Two flowers that I’m currently obsessed with….white poppies (found in the bridal bouquet) and yellow button mums (found in the flowergirl baskets).  Flower Allie blew our minds with the florals that day! 



After Amy and Larry had their “first look” moment…..they launched into some very magazine-worthy poses and of course the requisite Vogue shot with their smartly-clad wedding party.



I love this shot.  It reminds me of the saga that we went through to get that tent at the last minute (because of rain)….on the busiest of all tent rental weekends, Oscar weekend.  But we searched and searched until we found it, there was no way that a regular tent would suffice….not when we had the most beautiful outdoor location for the ceremony.  It had to be clear and it was perfect!! 


What’s more picture perfect….the two adorable flowergirls, or the amazing tulip aisle bumper that Flower Allie actually planted into the grass? 


And then the gorgeous bride came down to the aisle….at the exact moment that the bells tolled!


Sealed with a kiss!


And my favorite part of any blog entry…..the reception details! 



One of my most favorite centerpieces of all time….big, billowly clouds of baby’s breath inside tall silver vases and linked to each other by garlands of orchids.  So modern and ethereal!


The guests were truly wow-ed by the food… often do you get served your protein portion of your meal on swords at a wedding?  By Brazil  Catering did an exquisite job with the tasty portion of the evening!


And if that wasn’t enough, Amy surprised her guest with a huge array of sweets and candy at a uber-colorful candy buffet, provided by Custom Candy Buffet Bars.


We set the candy and cake in front of a fun gobo, provided by PropsFX, who also provided the rest of the lighting in the room, as well as DJ’ed an incredible party!


And I’ll end with a picture of Amy and Larry’s first dance……they were so in the moment, it was incredible to watch!


Please visit Jordana’s blog for more images of Amy and Larry’s amazing day!

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    AmyJean {Relentless Bride} Said:

    Yay! I loved seeing your comments about our special day that couldn’t have been so perfect without your help. From venue after venue, and email after email – you were truly an amazing guidance throughout our adventure of planning the perfect celebration. And of course last minute rain couldn’t ruin what we planned, thanks all to you! You took every idea we had and you perfected it! Thank you so much!!! It wouldn’t have been as flawless of a day without you as such a crucial part of it!

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