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The story that the images from Mariel and Abraham’s wedding tell is one of a peaceful outdoor wedding, filled with intimacy and friendship and obvious love. It doesn’t hurt that they chose an incredibly romantic setting, a rustic retreat nestled amongst redwood trees.

Read on for more from the bride about her wedding:
“That day was a living dream; in my heart, I’ve stored it well and protected it. The sky had been clear in the days leading to it; only that day, the sky was painted gray and opened to shower. I had an overwhelming feeling of dread for the sudden change in plans and design—it was supposed to be perfect. But looking back, this was heralding a dream beyond what my heart could imagine.

The morning of, my love and I woke to the pitter-patter of heavy rainfall, wind dancing in the idyllic garden just beyond our window. For that euphoric moment, we let go and embraced the melody of pandemonium. Our hearts filled with too much gratitude and joy to allow anything to stand in between. This day was ours. Let it be what will be.

Obscured by the rainfall, I saw the blurry outline of the vintage car through the cottage window that would take me to the ceremony, and finally,…8 years of immeasurable love bottled in my heart. My heart was calmed, the storm chased away and the feeling of absolute consumed me. He is mine and I am his!

How did we end up here? That moment I must hold on to forever: at that moment, you stood at the end of the line composed of our dearest friends and family; the procession was about to begin and you were warned not to look back. ‘Over the Rainbow’ began to play and that meant you were walking down the aisle. A slow and timed transition to ‘Moon River,’ and our beautiful parents walked down. I wished I could see them, to see if their faces filled with joy. I took a few steps onward and ‘Claire De Lune’ filled the scene—a favorite that is so often played in our home. Our friends’ and siblings’ turn to walk the procession, and then, my hand holding Shelby’s and my father’s, anxious to finally see you.

In time they cued for me. I turned the corner and there you were. My best friend, my companion, the best part of me. Through blurry eyes, I saw the centuries’ old pines looming above you, I breathed in the crisp air and for the first time that day, I felt the warmth of the sun. The Redwood Cathedral is the perfect place. With a deep breath and shaking knees, I began my walk to you, ‘Yiruma’ playing gently in the background. Sixty of our nearest and dearest gathered with so much love to share. My heart was so consumed in the moment; I felt my papa lift my hand from his arm and there you were, waiting for me.

During the entirety of our ceremony, sunlight filtered through the Redwoods. Sun streaks gently wrapped us in its warm embrace so perfectly that it seemed God’s hand was upon us. Our wedding day was a dream, a dream turned into reality. In truth, it went by with countless flaws but the good overpowered it all. The love I felt that day has filled the chasms of my heart, enough to last a lifetime.

I cannot end without sharing the immense gratitude I have for our creative team. As a wedding photographer, I knew the importance of bringing together a team that will so perfectly paint our wedding day. My creative friends, I am so grateful for your love and for what your art did to make our wedding day so beautiful. It was a masterpiece, at least to my eyes. I love you all, so much.”

Featured on Oncewed | Creative Design: Ginny Au | Video: Timeless Motion | Florals: Poppy Design Co. | Assistant: Sarah Park Events | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie | Hair: Nicole Johnson Hair | Makeup: Mimi & Taylor |
Location: Nestldown | Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Tux: Calvin Klein | Tabletop: Ark Rentals | Linens: La Tavola |
Bridesmaids Dress: Custom Made by Mary Rita | Custom Rentals: Custom Creations | Catering: Poetry in Motion
Harpist: Krista Strader | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic

This was an amazing and emotional year.  We had a baby girl after trying to have a baby for 8 years and she came four months early.  Before she was born we shot weddings all over the world while I was pregnant and looking back this year feels like a blur. We are so happy with what we accomplished this year. Now that we are past all the madness of practically living in a hospital for months and are able to refocus on our family and our business we are so excited for 2017.  Here is just a small collection of some images we took this year.  Some are sneak peeks of what is to come because we are unable to show the entire shoot yet.  We love what we do and are so touched by the community we are a part of and how supportive people have been this year.  We want to thank everyone and anyone who said a prayer or thought of our family.  We truly appreciate it and we feel so happy that our little girl is so loved.


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We are so excited to have Jason and Shirleen’s beautiful wedding featured on Oncewed.  Here is a little from the bride and groom about the inspiration for their organic Tuscany wedding.

We’ll always love an organic aesthetic for weddings, and while that may change over the years as all styles and trends do, the gist of a natural, organic style is this: select your color palette, floral choices, and aesthetic details that fit well with the environment you’re married in! In this case, this intimate destination wedding in Italy features a delicate color palette that merges well with the soft greens and golds of the landscape, simple gowns for the bride and bridesmaid, and minimal accents at the ceremony setting to allow the view to really show through.

While we’re sure there are amazing photographers everywhere, we do love the idea of bringing a photographer you love along with you on your destination wedding. Why? Seeing a new landscape for the first time can be incredibly inspirational for any artist, particularly photographers. Some of our favorite images from this real wedding are the beautiful landscapes and details of the region. Brushfire Photography did a beautiful job of situating the couple within a new visual space.

Read on for more from the bride:
“Jason and I have always dreamed of having an intimate destination wedding in a wine region. Italy was the perfect fit because the culture is so very close to our own – all about family, simplicity, and sharing. Val d’Orcia won our hearts easily when we looked at its stunning Tuscan landscape.

Being the event designer for my own wedding, a lot of details had to be worked out much earlier to ensure a stress-free celebration. I envisioned an organic and intimate setting, a great feast, as well as some personal touches to show the guests our love and appreciation. The intricate invitations were hand-crafted by life at studio b. Jason and I also personally made scented candles to go with the invitations – just to give our guests a gist of Tuscany! After our lovely experience learning the art of candle-making together, using a blended scent of lemon and Tuscan herbs, we named the scent “Gioia”… Joy, in Italian.

To better plan out the specifics, Jason and I had a site visit exactly a year prior to the wedding and fell in love with Terre Di Nano for our wedding venue. It’s remarkable view would be the ideal ceremony backdrop. Minimal decoration and an olive grove illuminated with hanging candles would style an intimate setting for the dinner party that we had been searching for.
On the wedding day before the ceremony, Brushfire Photography brought us to a beautiful wheat field nearby for a breathtaking first look. Our favorite moment of the day included making the wedding cake in front of our guests, and after the ceremony walking through a sea of sparklers with our guests before we danced the night away.

It felt very surreal to see a full year of preparation come together nicely… well, if I can be honest, quite perfectly in fact! Thank you so much to Brushfire Photography, La Rosa Canina, Terre Di Nano, Ricky, Lara and our bridal party in particular for providing us timeless memories on our wedding day!”

Event Design + Styling: Timeless Event Design  |  Photography: Brushfire Photography  |  Florist: La Rosa Canina | Make Up + Hair: Lara Navarrini  | Paper + Calligraphy: life at studio b. | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham’s Mariana | Lace Robes + Nude Slip: The Lace Atelier | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Custom Made | Tie: J Crew | Videographer: Ricky Nyhoff | Venue + Catering: Terre Di Nano  |  Rentals: Preludio Noleggio | Evening Dress: Designed by the bride, custom made in Classic Tina| Hair Accessories: Jennifer Behr | Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS

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