I love these words of wisdom from today’s bride, about her sweetly simple wedding: “Expectations are the death of serenity. And since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day.” Eleisha and Joshua were joined by their parents and sisters at an intimate ceremony and dinner on the coast of Northern California. They hired Noa Azoulay from Feather Love Photography to capture the day, and I just love the shots she sent over (there are also lots more photos over on Noa’s blog – it was so tough to choose just a few!).

Eleisha wore a cameo ring that matches ones her sister and mother both wear. She carried a bouquet of family heirloom brooches, vintage pins, and sprigs of baby’s breath.

The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony, and hired violinist Marcia Lotter to play arrangements of “My Darling, My Darling” and “Le Feuilles Mortes.”

Framed photos are a simple and thoughtful way to honor family and decorate an intimate dinner celebration.

Eleisha was sweet enough to send over some of the details about this special day…

What did you want for your wedding? We wanted an event that was beautiful, simple, and centered around the real reason we were there – to exchange vows of our love and dedication to each other. The guest list was limited to immediate family in order to keep the ceremony intimate and free from the stresses of playing hostess at a large party. I remember every moment of my wedding day. The same cannot be said of our Fais Do Do in Louisiana, where hundreds of people joined in celebrating our recent marriage. It was wonderful seeing everyone and an honor to have their support, but I can’t imagine running around and speaking with crowds of people immediately after becoming Mrs. Josh Cooke. Instead, my husband and I had a couple of hours after the wedding to talk, take pictures, and soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Both of us love bygone eras, so we were inspired by classic images and traditions from the 1930s and 1940s.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? My biggest budget tip is to decide what is the most important to you.  Don’t skimp on those elements. Our reception dinner, cake, venue, and decorations were less than $1,000 total; we wanted to spend the majority of our money on things that would last, such as our attire and our photos. By doing that, we now have a perfectly-captured memory with a classic look that our children might someday love thumbing through.

What advice do you have for other brides? The more details you plan, the greater the chance that something will not go your way. I’m a very detail-oriented person. If I had planned this wedding the way I plan a big trip, there would have been a myriad of things that could have “gone wrong.” Because the wedding was so small, we didn’t feel any pressure to impress our guests, and were able to concentrate on the emotions of the day, rather than worrying about how the cake tasted, or how the flowers weren’t the color I thought they would be. Expectations are the death of serenity; and since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day – and the day truly was perfect.



Photography: Feather Love Photography / Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, California / Reception venue: MacCallum House in Mendocino, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groom’s custom shirt: Anto / Cake: Sharon Robinson


See more from Eleisha and Joshua’s wedding on the Feather Love blog.

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Husband and wife team Stone and Shelby Crandall sent over these photos from a rainy day wedding at Santa Barbara’s Rancho Dos Pueblos, and I’m excited to have a chance to share their beautiful work with you! Michelle and Ryan’s wedding is full of rustic and romantic details that I knew you’d enjoy…

Michelle and Ryan answered some questions for us about their wedding day:


Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Although we live in New York City, we are from Northern California and with all our family and friends still living there, we knew we would be getting married out west. Rancho Dos Pueblos was the last location we visited, and we both fell in love with it. It is completely secluded and totally gorgeous, but not over the top fancy. Also, the property includes a beach, a barn, beautiful lawns, and also a gorgeous historic house on the property for us to rent the week of. By the time our wedding day came, it felt like home to us!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We were originally inspired by our love of travel and realizing that our relationship had taken us to so many amazing places we thought it would be neat to tie that into our theme. We also wanted to create a very homey and comfortable atmosphere, but at the same time have it feel elegant and special.   
What was your favorite part of the day? Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. It was, naturally, the most meaningful part of the day and even though there are 100 people in the room, it felt really intimate, romantic and truly a moment neither of us will ever forget. But quite honestly, beginning to end, it was the best day and night of our lives.

What advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I got was to try to live in the moment the entire day and to seal all those moments into memory. The wedding day goes so fast and its important to just be a bride and groom and have the time of your life!



Photography: Stone Crandall / Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, California / Event planner: Kelly Oshiro Design / Bride’s dress: Romona Keveza / Groom’s suit: Brioni / Bow tie: Tom Ford / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Catering: Duo Catering & Events / Cake: Christine Dahl / Cake topper: MilkTea / Rentals: Town & Country / Lighting: Bellavista Designs


See even more photos from this beautiful wedding on the Stone Crandall blog!


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San Francisco City Hall will forever be one of my favorite places, and I love whenever I have the chance to share a wedding there. If you’re considering a less traditional route for your wedding, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in Amy and Michael’s celebration, from its simplicity and intimacy, to the dinner party celebration. Even their invitations were unique, preparing guests for a weekend of incredible meals: cookbooks from Bouchon (the reception location), with a note from the couple that started with:

Several months ago, over a proper English breakfast at The Wolseley in London, we decided to get hitched. Since that day, we’ve talked about what we wanted our decidedly non-traditional, hard-to-even-call-it-a-wedding wedding to be. Central to all our ideas was “the table”…and sharing a special meal with the people we love.

On with the photos!

Immediately following the civil ceremony, the culinary delights started with a rustic Italian lunch at Cotogna. The following day, the newlyweds and 43 guests enjoyed an incredible meal at Bouchon in Yountville.

Amy shared some details about the day with us…

Why did you choose these places for your wedding? We always knew we wanted to create a celebration that was intimate, non-traditional, and authentically “us.” Though we considered other locations, we decided on San Francisco and Napa Valley because we simply love where we live and play. City Hall is undoubtedly one of most beautiful buildings in San Francisco – maybe even the country. We considered Bouchon in Yountville early in our planning because it has been a special place for us for many years.

What inspired you when you were planning? From the moment we got engaged – which was at our favorite breakfast table in London – we knew we wanted to create a celebration that was centered around great food and wine, and a shared experience around the table. Over the 15+ years we’ve known each other, we’ve had the good fortune to experience many wonderful meals together, and as we recollected our favorites, we realized that they weren’t about food or place at all. They were about sharing laughter and tears, about celebrating friendship and family, and ultimately about expressing love. So the concept of celebration our wedding “around the table” was born. We wanted to create an outrageous and fun dinner party, and we wanted our guests to say, “That was one of the best meals I’ve had in my life” as they left.

What is your favorite moment from the day? It’s funny. We’ve each asked this question of one another since getting married, and we both mark the same moment as our hands-down favorite. It was during our civil ceremony – standing under the majestic and light-filled dome at San Francisco’s City Hall. There were only seven other family members present while we exchanged vows, but there could have been 700 for all we knew. We had our eyes locked on each other – totally present in that moment which will forever mark such a remarkable and important transition in our relationship.



Photography: Flory Photo / Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall / Dinner party: Bouchon in Yountville, California / Bride’s dresses: both Lily Samii / Groom’s ceremony suit: Luigi Borrelli / Dinner suit: Sartorio / Flowers: In Water


See lots more photos from Amy and Michael’s “hard-to-even-call-it-a-wedding wedding” over on Joel’s blog.

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You may have seen pics from Kristine and Matt’s rock-n-roll chic wedding before, but it’s one of my favorites, and the sweet and talented Leah McCormick sent over some more great shots – nearly every single one would make for a perfect Sunday Edition. This is one stylish couple, and their wedding totally reflects their love of music and retro style. Says Kristine:

People had a tendency to look at our wedding and try and figure out the theme, which I think comes from a need to simplify and categorize things. If anything, the theme of our wedding was “Wedding.” We obviously pulled in style elements and iconic images from different eras, but I think the outcome was relevant and current.

Kristine had mod-inspired mini dresses made from lemon yellow silk for her bridesmaids.

After the ceremony, guests joined the couple at the Viceroy for a cocktail reception. Guests were invited to take home hot pink cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs.

Kristine was sweet enough to send over some details about the day…

The hair… Needless to say, Jeremy can basically make hair defy gravity. He is amazing, so it was easy to just trust him to do his thing for the wedding hair. It was important to me to have hair that I wouldn’t have to think about or mess with at all, which eliminated wearing it down, but I also didn’t want some terrible prom updo. I also knew I didn’t want it to look totally 60’s, or 40’s… just awesome. The crazy thing is, my hair is super long, so several people thought I actually cut it.

The music… When choosing our music, I approached the wedding like a film director scoring a movie. Each song helped tell our story. I walked down the aisle to Bjork’s ‘Gerous Palmstroke,’ which lyrically really speaks about marriage to me. I felt that it captured everything I wanted to express that day about God, about the act of getting married, and about Matt. We decided that since I was choosing that song for him, he would choose the first dance song for me, which was “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits. We also had Matt’s mother and aunt lead an old Irish traditional hymn during the ceremony, “Be Thou My Vision.”

The ceremony… We really wanted a reverent wedding. No matter someone’s faith, I feel that the wedding is a sacred venture, and Matt and I wanted to acknowledge that fact, and not make it light or silly. It seems like too often couples want to relieve the weightiness of the ceremony with some comedy, instead of saving that for the reception (where perhaps your gay best friend will give your mother a lap-dance…).



Photography: Leah McCormick / Ceremony venue: Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles / Reception venue: Viceroy Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California / Bride’s dress: Oscar de la Renta / Hair, makeup: Jeremy Taylor for Salon Gregorie’s / Groom’s suit: Zara / Flowers: Sarah Dethlesfsen from Floral Kitchen / Cake: Beverlywood Bakery / Music: DJ Greg Bowler of Acid Girls

Leah McCormick just posted even more great shots from this wedding!

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