Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

The Couple: Lana and Daniel

The Wedding: 5.25.12 – Lincourt Winery , Santa Ynez, CA – Rustic vineyard wedding

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Rustic, Simple-Elegance, Joyous

What was your wedding color palette? Warm Neutrals, Champagne, Yellow

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We wanted our guests to leave our vineyard wedding with the sense that our event had captured who my husband and I really are. That is, we wanted our wedding to be beautiful, quietly elegant, fun and most of all, memorable! First, we wanted our guests to feel appreciated, loved, and have a good time! To do that, we knew that the winery setting would do a lot of the work for us. The scenery was perfect because we were surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Second, we were focused on the tone of the wedding and felt that the rustic barn at the winery really set the mood for the wedding, because it brought out the fun, relaxed vibe that my husband and I have. Third, we loved the more rustic feel that burlap and mason jars have, and decided to dress up something so comfortable with elements that fit us (such as cute straws, polka dot napkins, signs). We had fun with the crafts involved and trying to add details that would make our guests know that we were thinking of them in small and large ways (out of town gift bags, toiletry baskets in bathrooms at the wedding, welcome drinks when they first arrived). By adding these elements, we were able to personalize our wedding and make it feel beautiful and natural to fit our personalities.

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? I think what helped us throughout our planning was remembering that it was so much about our family and friends coming together for one special day and that it was about us too! We made sure to enjoy the wedding planning process and not get overwhelmed by all the stress. We loved the people we met along the way and had fun getting to pick things out together. We allowed our personalities to include the little bits we added into the wedding. I think the best advice we received was to make sure to enjoy our wedding day together- that is, spend time together at our wedding and not be too overwhelmed with trying to say hello to everyone. We had some time together during the craziness, a chance to slow down and let it sink in, and that is something I will always treasure.

Some of my favorite moments were the first look that we had before the ceremony, saying I do, listening to our friend sing our first dance song, the speeches, so many surprises from our friends (a MOH rap, my Husbands friends played live-song and we were raised in chairs, a choreographed dance performance from our little 6 year-old twin ring bearers) and the cupcake trailer from Enjoy Cupcakes!

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Make sure this wedding has elements of you throughout it, which includes how you handle the planning process. Remember that all the details come together so keep your focus on the bigger picture: you are marrying your best friend and the love of your life, surrounded by all those you love. Enjoy the planning, make it fun and not a hassle. Enjoy your day and dont let the little mess-ups get in the way. Take deep breaths and savor every part of it!

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Michelle Warren Photography
Event Planner: Lindsey Groark with Frooishen Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lincourt Winery
Videographer/Film Maker: Gina & Josh Jones with Lola Video
Officiant: Cantor Mark Childs
Invitation Designer: Daniel Kiyoi with Paper Playne
Catering: Plemmons Catering in Santa Maria
Florist: Wendi Goad with Sweetness & Light
Cake: Amber Vandervliet with Enjoy Cupcakes
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Rose Petals
Bridal Accessories: Bubble Veil and Hair-clip from Rose Petals
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Selma dress from Jcrew
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Mens Wearhouse ; Ties from TheTieBar.com
Make-up Artist: TEAM Hair & Makeup
Hair Stylist: Tigerlily Hair Salon
DJ: Ronny Dickstein with Ready Rock Entertainment
Rentals: Elite Events
Rings: Geoffrys in Belmont California
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
Photo Booth: ShutterBooth

Thank you so much Lana and Daniel!

Readers, check out our Wedding Inspiration Gallery for more beautiful vineyard wedding photos !

Vineyard Weddings – Featuring a Rustic Yellow and Champage Color Palette and Vintage Airstream

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Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Originally from Europe where they’ve designed countless creative celebrations over the last 7 years, the ultra-talented event designers at Gypset have recently moved to Los Angeles to begin a new adventure, and we’re so excited to have them as members of our LA Wedding Planning Hotlist ! Unlike most other event companies, Gypset designs and builds all of their furniture, structures and lamps themselves, and hand selects all of their handmade rugs directly from the source. Instead of the traditional approach of creating a world INSIDE of their tents, they like to use their unique structures and decor to incorporate and highlight the natural beauty of each site. Weddings outdoors, in natural settings are their specialty! I love the way their website describes their approach:

“At Gypset, we combine 50 years of diverse cultural and creative ­backgrounds. Our passion for life, memorable experiences and ­creativity is the driving force ­behind our company. Our philosophy is to experience and not just see. Feel rather than touch. Make instead of buy. We are working artisans that design and manufacture all of our products including our extraordinary wedding tents, installations and furniture by hand assuring their beauty and uniqueness.”

Take one look at these images from some of their favorite events and you’ll see just what they mean! We also asked Gypset ‘s owner Christian a couple questions about their approach to wedding design to learn more about how they create their one-of-a-kind events. Read on to see what he had to say…

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

When you work with couples, where do you like to begin the design process with them? What kinds of inspiration do you like to pull from? When we work with couples (or anyone else for that matter), our process begins by visiting the event site and listening to their needs. Once we then know all the variables (guest size, performances, etc) our inspiration starts with the natural landscape of the site. From there, we conceptualize a plan to accentuate the beautiful elements of the site and distract from (or cover) the negatives. This initial on site inspiration is then combined with the collective imagination of our design team which always leads to some very unique and beautiful design proposals for our clients.

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

What are some simple tips you can give to couples about using lighting, furniture and creative structures to create atmosphere in an empty event space? When you create an atmosphere to fill an empty event site, we are firm believers in incorporating your surroundings onto your event. The common practice of bringing a large enclosed tent and lining it with drapery and flowers to create this sort of theater inside of a box, is neither beautiful, natural or pleasant to us. If you are getting married outside, think outside the box and don’t be afraid to follow your instincts. Sometimes, the most unusual locations combined with good design make for the most striking weddings.

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

Thank you Christian! To learn more about Gypset and see other incredible events they’ve designed, don’t miss their website at http://www.GypsetEvent.com !

Extraordinary Wedding Tents and Decor Design by Gypset

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Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

I could ramble on forever about the beautiful photography in Silvia and Adi’s engagement photos from Jason Groupp Photography , or I could elaborate on my love for NYC, the city that features prominently and provided iconic backdrops. But I have to admit…it’s Silvia’s dresses that really got me! I love a girl that wears a fabulous ballgown for her engagement shoot, but I’m in complete awe of a girl that wears THREE! And brings them to NYC all the way from Jakarta! Silvia, you and your dresses are perfection to this fashion-loving girl!

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

From Silvia: Adi and I both went to college in Sydney, Australia, but didn’t formally meet until December 2009 I was formally introduced to him through a mutual friend. We started dating in 2010 while I was still doing my Masters degree in Sydney and Adi was working in Indonesia. Our relationship has always been long distance up until now.

We’ve been planning our wedding for almost a year now. We’ll be married in May in Jakarta, Indonesia. We wanted to do our engagement session in New York as we had already planned to spend Christmas and New Years in the States. Because we were tourists, we wanted our photos to be in taken in iconic NYC places such as Central Park, Grand Central Station and the Brooklyn Bridge. All of our outfits were brought all the way from Jakarta packed in one big suitcase.

We were warned that it was going to be freezing in New York in early January. To make our lives easier, we rented out a van so that we could easily jump in and jump out when we got too cold. The back of the van was turned into a changing room for me.

The photos turned out to be amazing. We had tons of fun shooting with Jason. We are so happy that we chose Jason Groupp to capture our special moment in the city that we love so much!

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

From Jason Groupp Photography : Silvia contacted me saying that she found us online and would be visiting the USA and New York City in early January of 2013. She was coming to NYC to purchase her dress for her wedding in Jakarta later this year. Silvia and Adi were initially just going to do a short engagement session, but signed on to our full “I Heart New York” photoshoot when they heard how fun it is.

Silvia and Adi met us in our studio in Chelsea and Silvia had her hair and make up done by our talented and lovely Hannah Ho. We started our day in Central Park at Bethesda Fountain and along the Literary Walk. Silvia specifically requested the “Big and Carrie” shot of them walking hand in hand up the stairs at Bethesda. After Central Park we jumped out in front of the Plaza Hotel to get some classic shots with the horses. Usually those guys are grumpy towards photographers but we got a nice one who let us take a few in front of the carriages. Then we did a quick tour of Grand Central. We then headed back to the studio for some pizza and make up and hair refresh. We finished up a the Brooklyn Bridge Park (on the Brooklyn side). Man oh man! it was SO COLD! Big props to Silvia and Adi for going for it!

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

The Photoshoot Team:

Photographer: Jason Groupp Photography
Silvia’s Dresses: Red – Gladiolus; Pink and Grey – Mischa
Adi’s Suits: Agus Lim and Hugo Boss Selection

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous shoot with us, Silvia and Adi! We wish you all the best with your wedding planning and upcoming wedding!

Iconic NYC Engagement Shoot from Jason Groupp Photography – Silvia & Adi

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Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

The Couple: Emily & Dustin

The Wedding: 10.27.12 – University of Michigan Museum of Art – Ann Arbor, MI

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

What were the top three priorities for you in planning your wedding? We wanted to be traditional without following rules. We both love the elegance and sense of history and community that a traditional wedding creates; however, we didnt want our wedding to feel entirely formal or predictable. We tried to draw upon traditions in unexpected ways. For instance, I wore a wedding dress that had been my great-grandmothers and paired it with a pillbox hat designed by my friend Jean Canon. Neither of these are traditional choices for a wedding, yet I felt that they perfectly reflected my sense of tradition. We also wanted to protect our time. Our wedding was planned amidst a tumult of major life events that often needed more of our time than the wedding planning. This meant that we put a lot of emphasis on making fast decisions and delegating to people we trusted (in particular, the amazing mother of the bride). The last thing we kept as a priority was maintaining perspective. The mantra that we tried to follow was that we were planning a party for people we know and love and that the event should reflect that joy.

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

What wedding traditions or cultural traditions did you incorporated into your wedding and what did they mean to you? We wanted an interfaith ceremony that reflected both of our religious traditions – Jewish (Emily) and Christian (Dustin). The clergy that we chose to officiate did an excellent job working together to incorporate aspects from both religions. Besides our different religions backgrounds, we also grew up in very different parts of the country (Michigan and Texas) and tried to reflect that in the music. Laith , our lead singer, had an incredible range that allowed him to play Motown and Blues alongside country classics like Johnny Cash. Finally, since we are both professional literature nerds, we included poetry by John Donne and Rainer Maria Rilke in the ceremony and placed Penguin Book covers on each place-setting.

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Were there any places where you broke the rules in your wedding planning? Why and how did you do that? Although a lot of wedding culture focuses on the couple (i.e. the bride), inclusivity was very important to us. We wanted our family members and guests to feel like they were a part of the event and each had a hand in making our wedding and our marriage possible.

What was your biggest wedding planning success? Staying calm and having fun on the day itself. We both managed to have a surprisingly stress-free wedding day. Not everything came together entirely as planned, but we truly enjoyed every minute.

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

What was the most important thing that you learned through the wedding planning process and what would you tell other brides-to-be? Work with people you trust and listen to them. Choose wedding professionals, family members, and friends whose taste and opinion you can rely on. While you might not agree with everything they suggest, at least you are starting out on a basis of mutual respect and can successfully delegate to people who may have a tremendous amount of experience and talent.

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Heather Jowett
Event Planner: Luna Soiree Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: University of Michigan Museum of Art
Officiants: Rev. Reid Hamilton and Julie Gales
Invitation Designer & Paper Production: Rock Paper Scissors
Catering: Katherines Catering
Florist: Tom Thompson Flowers
Cake: Sweet Heather Anne
Wedding Dress: Alterations by Jen Delk at Clothing Hospital
Bridesmaids Apparel & Accessories: Dresses – J Crew ; Belt – feather from Etsy , belt created by Jen Delk
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Van Boven
Hair: Amber Kessler
Make-Up: Marie Santana
Live Music: Laith Al-Saadi Trio
Transportation: Kirbys Kurb Service
Rings: Hers – Abercrombie Gems & Precious Metals ; His – Worthmore Jewlers

Thank you, Emily & Dustin, for sharing such a beautiful and unique wedding experience with us!

Real Wedding – University of Michigan Museum of Art Wedding by Heather Jowett – Emily and Dustin

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