Category Archives: California Weddings

Jess & Kage decided at the last minute to hire us and wow… we are SO GLAD they did.  This wedding was MADE for memories.  And ones that could only be documented on film.  You see, Jess & Kage are high school sweethearts.  They are so in love… it’s infectious.  Not only did most of the guests and family already know each other due to this couple’s long history, but the couple also decided to write letters to each other and have them read by their aunts during the ceremony.  TEARS!  (Oh and it was super beautiful of course!)


The Team:

Venue: Private Estate
Planner/Designer: Laurie Arons
Floral Designer: Kathleen Deery Designs
Photographer: Eric Kelly

From the Bride:

“We were introduced by our parents via email while we both were studying abroad in Italy during our junior year of college. Aubree’s mom and Travis’ dad used to work at the LA Times together and discovered that both their children were studying abroad in Italy at a reunion dinner. Naturally, our parents thought that because we were in the same country, we would meet up, visit each other’s respective cities in Italy, and maybe grab some gelato while practicing our Italian skills.

Aubree was studying abroad in Rome and Travis in a small town an hour outside of Florence, so this vision didn’t exactly pan out. We did connect via the internet during and after our time abroad and after a lot of emails and instant messages, a Christmas party and a few dates (that Aubree did not initially realize were dates), we started dating long distance. Travis finished his degree at Cal Poly Pomona and after another year, Aubree completed her MBA at the University of Denver and moved back to California.

After more than four years of dating, Travis used a family trip to Italy as an opportunity to take our love back to where it started – sort of. He proposed on one of Aubree’s favorite lookout points in Rome as the sun was setting over the city, and read some of our first emails to each other before popping the question. We were both sweating bullets as it was one of the hottest days of the summer, but thankfully she said yes!

The wedding planning process was fairly easy for both of us. The wedding is hopefully going to reflect and meld our two distinct (and sometimes opposing) styles. Travis is a landscape designer and really wanted a lot of natural elements and materials (hence the location, the cork on the invitation, the floral arrangements, the use of geodes, etc). Aubree is very much a girly-girl who loves metallics – you will see her style in the use of chandeliers, the bridesmaid dresses (full length sequin dresses in Rose Gold), the tablecloths, the candles/candleholders. We call the style “Glamorous Garden”. We also designed the space to try to make a wedding for 275 people feel intimate – the scale of the floral arrangements, the round shape of the dance floor with surrounding lounge areas for non-dancers to watch all the action, the chandeliers/candles/”sexy lighting” are all intentionally put together to make everyone feel comfortable and ready to mingle and boogie.”


The Team:

Venue: Ojai Valley Inn
Planner/Designer: Alissa Hussey
Floral Designer: G Fiori Floral Design
Photographer: Suzanne Ofeldt

The first meeting. Andrea and Sean first met on a trip to Las Vegas in August of 2010. Sean was on an after-college-boys-trip, and Andrea and her friend were there for a similar reason. After a rowdy weekend in the desert, Andrea and Sean traveled home to the Bay Area as friendly acquaintances. It took a full year to go by for them to meet again. The place – Las Vegas Pt 2. As fate would have it Andrea’s ride home from the airport had fallen through. Sean jumped at the opportunity to spend some alone time with the girl he knew so little about. Sean was intrigued by Andrea and had to know more. Andrea, impressed my Sean’s driving had her interest peaked. The went on their first date a few weeks later.

Falling in love. After a few dates, they had realized that they had found someone special. After moving to San Francisco in early 2012, the two of them shared countless memories: romantic dates in the City, fun nights out with friends, travelling to music festivals, wine country, Tahoe and Cabo. In 2014 they found a 1 bedroom apartment in the Marina with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and grew even closer together. In May 2015, on a Canova family trip to Los Cabos, Sean surprised Andrea with a ring on her finger. Sean had multiple surprises in store her Andrea as his family had made the trip south of the border to join the couple for a private dinner on the beach. The beautiful night was capped by a firework show under the Mexican sky.

Andrea and Sean both loved the idea of getting married on the Central Coast. Half of Andrea’s family hails from Spain and Santa Barbara is steeped in Spanish history. Sean went to college in San Luis Obispo and has the fondest of memories thinking back to his time spent there. The Pacific Ocean in late summer is the setting of a whimsical day dream. The garden’s at Villa Sevillano could not be more perfect for them to spend their magical evening.


The Team:

Venue: Villa Sevillano
Planner/Designer: Laurie Arons
Floral Designer: Mindy Rice
Photographer: Jose Villa

These two decided to hold their destination wedding in one of our favorite locations in California and it did not disappoint!  First, the light that day was insanely beautiful but on top of that, the night featured a super moon!  The dinner area at the Firestone Vineyard is laden with windows and has one side completely open so guests can go mingle outside.  With the beautiful moonlight and the super pretty decor and cafe lights set up outside, it made for a beautiful evening atmosphere!  Just watch the magic:

Venue:  Firestone Vineyard
Planner/Designer:  Francesca Events
Photographer: Samuel Lippke