I just love all the big old rustic barns that are over in America. I really adore the country chic style.
I first discovered a sneaky peak from her big day on her blog as she is a fellow wedding blogger and party planning extraordinaire. So I am not surprised at all that her wedding is "Ultimate Pretty" in the words of Style me Pretty.
Photographed by Melissa Diep, I am in la la looove with these pics...enjoy!
In love with the idea of getting ready in a gorgeous kaftan dressing gown
"Vows in the Valley" - the sweetest cartoon image of the bride on her big day
Is that not the hottest little white dress you’ve ever seen?
Georges and I have been dating for 10 years, yes 10 years. So I guess you could say, we’ve had a lot of time to think about our perfect wedding. And you know what, it wasn’t just the perfect wedding, it was the perfect day. For us, the perfection is in the details. We wanted to have a cocktail style wedding, no formal sit-down dinner, just drinks, desserts and lots of dancing. Our wedding invitation was inspired by old school concert posters, and our dear friend Cambria and I put together the design. She summed it up perfectly with the last line on the invite, ” come for the love, stay for dessert and cocktails”.
Myka's sweet ceremony shoes
Just love her headpiece
We are both into modern design and wanted those things to be a part of our wedding. We literally transported half of our living room to Carmel Valley (cake stands, platters, vases, artwork…we brought it all). The Institute looks like an old barn and was truly the perfect clean slate for us to add any personal touches we wanted. We wanted our friends and family to feel cozy, loved and happy. To help us generate this feeling, our wedding truly became a labor of love. Our aunts made appetizers, our moms made desserts, our uncles played live music during the ceremony, our cousins hung fabric, our siblings created floral arrangements and our best friends ran around town making sure everything was ready for our special day.
Cake table with a gorgeous outlook
Sweet and savoury treats - a great idea!
Each treat was labeled with natural wood placeholders made by Myka's step-dad
Every table was topped with moss, candles and locally bought yellow flowers
Inspired by smile booths seen on Style Me pretty, we had a friend set up a camera staged with fabric, hanging globes filled with flowers, moss and feathers. Homemade mustaches and picture frames were used as props. These pictures are some of the best of the night. And some of the best “messages” of the night were captured on our two old typewriters that acted as a guest book.
We went back to the venue the day after the wedding and along with our families, cleaned the entire place. And you know what? I loved it! I know, what bride would ever want to go back to their venue and discover the madness of the prior nights shenanigans? But for me, it was so much fun to relive the previous night with our families as we were throwing things out. We were literally cracking up about the pictures taken in the photo booth, the dancing insanity and the funny conversations we all had at our wedding. I just didn’t want the fun to end…and I truly don’t think it ever will.
Photography: Melissa Diep Photography / Second Shooter: Danny Mendoza and Assistant: Yomi Foreman
Venue: Hidden Valley Music Institute
Florals: Sitting in a Tree (Bride’s company)
Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox from Nordstroms (bride added extra ruffles and strap)
Bride’s Ceremony Shoes: Steve Madden
Bride’s Reception Shoes: BCBG (bride added the black ribbon)
Flower Hairpiece: Forever 21
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Tie, Shirt and Socks: Urban Outfitters
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Invitation Design: Cambria Blakely Shaw and reply postcard photograph from bride’s great grandfather
Paper Goods: Sitting in a Tree
Cupcakes: Layers Bakery
Candy: A Candy Store
Day of Coordinator: Tori Hendrix of Sitting in a Tree (Bride’s business partner)
Painting of Bride: Kelli Murray
8MM Videographer: Austin Hendrix Productions
Hope you loved looking as much as I do <3
Love and sunshine,