There are garden weddings and then there are wildly gorgeous outdoor affairs set against the backdrop of Santa Ynez. This celebration is all of the above with the most romantic of details crafted by Lally Events and dream florals by Anna Le Pley Taylor. It’s like a watercolor painting come to life at the hands of Christine Doneé Photography with the sweetest moments filmed by Focalbox.
From the Bride… Our wedding day in April was truly the dreamiest, most intimate and personal celebration.
After dating long distance for more than three years from New York to Hawaii, we wanted a special spot in California to serve as a backdrop, and the gorgeous gardens worthy of a scene out of “Sabrina,” dramatic tree-lined pathways, and rolling, green hills dotted with old-growth Oak trees captured our vision of California elegance. Lally Clark of Lally Clark Events wowed us with the way she was able to bring all the personal details of the day together and truly make the venue shine.
Our ceremony was a tear-filled celebration and my uncle presided over the ceremony, which was centered around “ohana” and family. We bucked tradition and made the ceremony our own with quotes on adventure and travel, a Hawaiian reading, a lei exchange to honor Nick’s family and breaking a glass to honor my own.
The rest of the day was filled with love and fun and we held our cocktail hour in the gardens, sipped French 75s and Aperol Spritzs, as a romantic, folksy playlist with favorites like “Heavenly Day” and “Blues Run the Game” played in the background.
As the sun dipped down over the mountains, we headed to our twinkling tent adorned with chandeliers and hanging greenery that I crafted the night before with my sister. The long tables were stunning with brass candlesticks I collected and blush, lush arrangements from Anna Le Pley Taylor. And the night was made even better with a surprise sing-along of “I Say a Little Prayer for You” just like the scene from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” arranged in total secrecy by my sister and Maid of Honor.
The day was truly incredible and perfect because of one woman — Lally Clark of Lally Clark Events. She implemented a rain plan in less than 24 hours and — by her sheer will — dashed the clouds away and we had a sunny day! She helped tailor all of our ideas into sheer perfection from day one and if there was ever a wedding fairy godmother — Lally is it.
Our day was also made incredibly special from our beloved photographer Christine Doneé. The way she captures light, joy, love and our spirits is true artistry.
Keeping with the intimacy of the day, our dear friend Hussein Sayre of FocalBox Productions filmed our wedding so beautifully.
Field to Table Catering wowed us with their incredible food, our DJ Nick from Kramer Events put together the wedding playlists of our dreams, and Central Coast Tents dazzled with our rentals and special surprises on our tablescape.
We truly had an incredible day because of our dream team.
Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Videographer: Focalbox | Event Planning: Lally Clark | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair & Makeup: Glamsquad | DJ: Kramer Events | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony & Reception: Kestrel Park | Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party | Seamstress: The Williamsburg Seamster | Watercolor Illustration: Chez La Mariee
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