Jessica + Brian Married | Temecula, CA

Ever since we first met Jessica and Brian over a year ago, it was visibly apparent that there was something extremely special about these two. Their respect, admiration and love for each other was truly a beautiful and refreshing sight to see. As we got to know them more and more, we transitioned from Wedding photographers to dear friends. At our initial meeting, it became clear that Brian was also a professional photographer; being oh-so-curious as to what kind of work Brian did, I went straight to his website after our meeting and instantly fell in love with his talent… So much so, that Brian has come along-side us this year to assist at multiple Weddings when needed! It’s been such a fun ride working along-side him, learning and gleaning from one other.

Jessica and Brian’s Wedding Day was nothing short of amazing. Their attention to detail is impeccable and their love for one another is undeniable. What initially stood out to us the very first day we met at our home office, shined ever so brightly on their Wedding Day. Their love had only grown since we first met them over a year ago. The morning of their Wedding, Jessica gifted Brian with a scrapbook that she had made which compiled memories and artifacts that she had kept since the beginning of their relationship. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the detailed book, knowing it must’ve taken Jessica months upon months to put such a precious gift together!

As Jessica walked down the aisle, Brian was overcome with emotion, it truly was an amazing moment to see – and capture. Surrounded by such a loving support system of close family and friends, their Wedding Day was one we will never forget, and we cannot thank them both for entrusting us to tell the story of the biggest day of their lives. Below are a few of our favorite photographs captured during their Big Day. We hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we did documenting each moment!

Warmly,
Sammy

“I found the one my heart loves…”
Song of Songs 3:4

 

VENDORS

Venue: Ponte Winery http://www.pontewinery.com

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Dresser www.thedresseronline.com

Bride’s Rings: Affinity & CO Jewelers www.affinityandcojewelers.com

Bridesmaids Dress: Wtoo  by Watters
from The White Dress www.thewhitedress.com

Groom’s Suit: Indochino www.indochino.com

Groom’s Ring: Minter and Richter www.minterandrichterdesigns.com

Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden www.stevemadden.com

Groom’s Cufflinks: Kristin Victoria http://www.etsy.com/shop/KristinVictoria

Groom’s Tie Clip: Royal Countess on Etsy

Groomsmen Suits: Alfani www.macys.com

Flowers: Cachet Fiore www.cachetfiore.com

Cake: Cakes-to-Celebrate http://cakes-to-celebrate.com/

DJ: Chris Paul http://chrispauldj.com

SUMMARY

Brian and I had an amazing time planning our wedding
together over the year and three months before ‘I Do.’ Our inspiration was
romantic, vintage Italian. We really strived to make our wedding a reflection
of us as a couple. When looking for a venue, we were focused on finding
something unique and romantic with a beautiful view. If I had my way I would
have dragged everyone to Italy, but knowing that was not a possibility, the
next best thing was a gorgeous vineyard. It really helped set the tone for the
wedding of our dreams!

We chose to incorporate a lot of DIY details. We printed our
save the dates with the Florentine symbol map of Italy painted in watercolor by
our good friend and artist, Holly Bliss Rogers. We handmade and wax sealed
envelopes for our Italian inspired invitations – design elements hand drawn by
groomsman and talented artist, Nicolas Gibson. It was so important to have the
hands of our family and friends in our wedding. We are so grateful for them
using their incredible talent to enrich our big day!

The invitations were just the beginning. I insisted on
making just about every detail, big and small, in the wedding. We made several
trips to flea markets, craft stores and the hardware store over the course of
our planning. It started with the table numbers, which was a big project – wood
was cut, stained, hand painted and drilled to add vintage key plates and
crystal doorknobs. The vintage romance look was enhanced by the work of our
incredible florist. The mercury glass and vintage inspired vases we collected
was enhanced by the beautiful floral arrangements with all their color and
texture. I was completely blown away by the creative beauty Cachet Fiore came
up with. They even arranged all the DIY elements in a beautiful display that
really show cased all our hard work!

Beyond table décor, my
biggest vision for the wedding was incorporating cork art. With the help of
friends and family to collect, paint and cut corks, we were able to create
three beautiful and large cork art pieces. They turned out even better than I
had imagined. Corks were also incorporated in the Mr. and Mrs. Signs hung in
front of the sweetheart table and served as nametag holders. As guests walked
into the reception space, they could see the escort displays, which we painted
and added lace to for a romantic touch. The attached escort keys served a dual
purpose – guests were to write their “Key to a Happy Marriage” and return them
to the guestbook box. We wanted to keep the skeleton keys from Brian’s family,
and it is so meaningful to have a guestbook we can display in our house. The
Irish handfasting knot was another very important piece made by our good
friend, Eric Anderson. It had lace from both of our mom’s dresses attached and
the Celtic knot to symbolize eternity along with the two lover’s knot which is
the strongest for joining two lines together or “tying the knot.”

Some of the most important DIY projects to us were the
little details. I had the most fun creating all the boutonnieres, with berries
from our front yard and feathers, for my favorite guys. I learned a new wire
wrapping skill to make the earrings for my bridesmaids as well. My garter was likely
the most challenging – there were a lot of layers and I didn’t realize how
difficult it was to work with elastic, but it turned out just how I envisioned.
It has my signature feather attached – I had to be able to add a little
bohemian, hippie (which I am known for) element to the wedding. I also created
my cuff and hairpiece to add a little shimmer.

Something Old: Lace from my mom’s dress wrapped around my
bouquet

Something New: My Maggie Sottero Bernadette gown and sheer
lace booties

Something Borrowed: My Matron of Honor, Megan’s crystal hair
pins

Something Blue: My great grandmother’s ring passed down to
me by my mom

And a sixpence in my shoe…

The most important element of our wedding was love. We were
surrounded by love from family and friends, which we hoped was evident in all
the details of our special day. Most importantly, the deep, unending love
expressed to one another through our written vows was the moment we will
forever celebrate and cherish.

Jess & Brian

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