Jenifer and Jason : Mt.Woodson

A bicycle bar crawl, a tall hottie, a drink, and a dance. The rest was history after the adorable Jenifer and Jason first locked eyes in 2009! After countless beach weekends and happy-hours, Jenifer knew she had met the man of her dreams when he proposed to her with Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" playing and a pepporoni pizza in the oven when she was supposed to be on a diet. Could a girl ask for more??To top off the fairy tale, the ceremony and reception took place at the Mt. Woodson castle. Golf for him and magical rustic ambience for her: talk about the best compromise ever! We loved shooting this venue because the sunny outdoor location of the dinner and speeches took us  straight back to the weddings that we've shot in Italy. So many fun memories.  :)

The dynamics between Jenifer and her mom, sister, and niece were to die for! It was so sweet to watch how excited and pumped they all were for the big day. The adorable flower girl even decided that she wanted to become a photographer when she grew up. She was giving us a run for our money with the pictures that she was taking by the end of the night!

Jenifer was stunning in a timeless cap-sleeve gown by Allure and the bridesmaids were pretty as could be in dresses from the Vera Wang Collection. With the gorgeous dresses and makeup by Audra Renee, the women were nothing short of super model status!  Jason and the groomsmen were just as easy on the eyes with the groom's suit coming from Nordstrom's and the groomsmen's suits coming from Macy's.

One of our favorite parts of the day was shooting the bride and bridesmaids in a cool rock-filled location that we stumbled upon. It gave the ladies awesome props to work with and really allowed them to live it up and shine! Laughter and smiles were everywhere and we were able to get some beautiful shots of them playing and having fun!

The reveal of the bride and groom was such a special moment. The open lawn and stone wall  were a perfect location, and the two couldn't take their eyes off of one another. They both looked so great, who could blame them?

Love was in the air as the fun loving couple and guests chugged from a huge glass bottle of alcohol and got the party started! It was so amazing to watch two families becoming one in such a fun-loving and cool style.

Who doesn't want to photograph a beautifully designed wedding?  Cara from Luxe created a gorgeous event that we were thrilled to photograph.  The flowers from Organic Elements were dreamy.  I could not stop photographing them.  The ever talented Audra Rene glammed up the ladies.  We were estatic.

Congratulations to Jen and Jason!

We love you!

xoxo

Suzanne

PS-- Check out more of the lovely Jenifer and Jason on California Wedding Wave! :)

Coordinator: Luxe

Venue: Mt. Woodson

Florist: Organic Elements

Makeup Artist: Audra rene

Photographer:  SheWanders

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Candice and John Part 1 at Leo Carillo

I spy with my little eye Candice and John at the supermarket today.  Their wedding is featured in the latest edition of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.  We will be sharing with you some more goodness out of that issue soon.I don't know where to start.  Candice and John were fun from day One.  They are a beautiful couple inside and out.  They are so in love and easy around each other it made our job a dream.  Candice and I share an obsession with paper and the whole day was paper magic.  What a team.  It was so fun to work with Kate and Ellen on this one.  They created so many dreamy vignettes that I couldn't fit it all in one post.  Root75 made my dreams come true with pretty pops of color and dreamy ribbons.    Courtney was in her element and created the most personal and amazing day for her friends Candice and John and was a bridesmaid in cowboy boots.  I actually don't know what to say.  It was all so much, so much good packed into one day.  I may not have the right words but I'll show you some photos.  Then you can see for yourself how the flower girl danced around the dress and how Candice looked at John during the ceremony in a way that made me hold my breath.  Beautiful, tons of beautiful ahead.

xoxo Suzanne

Coordinator: Beau and Arrow Events

Venue: Leo Carillo

Photographer: SheWanders

Florist: Root 75

Invitations: Brightly Designed

Hair & Makeup: Brides By Brittany

 

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Mine

The other day Naomi and I were reminiscing about our rebellious younger years. I was so certain I would never get married.Funny how you can look back at your old self and shake your head thinking if you only knew.This year I have 2 resolutions. The first is to eat more Phil's barbecue and the second is to celebrate more. Both have been going pretty well. Ill confess to having a series of goals that I work toward daily and quarterly but resolutions should be joyous. Ok so to tie that all together, this year I'm getting married and want to go to dinner at 8pm on valentines day. That's a big statement for me because it makes far more sense to go out the day before or after when things are less crazy. But I think I'm kind of getting the whole 8pm dinner thing. Today I was listening to taylor swift (I know I know blame it on Glee or Hanna) and I felt teary eyed about this song called "mine". Side note- It's terrible don't listen, I'll be humiliated, I should not be using my blog as a confessional. #bansuzannefrombloggingonshewanders Mike ofeldt is the best thing that has ever been mine. So since he's the one that anchors me and holds on to us with everything he has, I want the 8pm reservation. Love isn't always practical and you don't always see it coming but if you are lucky enough to have a Mike Ofeldt then I think you owe it to the world to celebrate the cheesiest day. I think it's good to celebrate the things that you want more of in your life. Mike ofeldt will you be my Valentine and take me to dinner at 8pm? Say yes.

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Chloe and Grant's Coronado Wedding Part II

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Wedding Photography: Shewanders Photography / Ceremony: The Groom’s Family Home / Reception: Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Coronado, California / Wedding Coordination: Creative Affairs, Inc. / Floral Design: KLF Floral + Root 75 / Paper Goods: Brightly Designed / Wedding Cake: Flour Power Cakery / Fudge Favors: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory / DJ: Austin Hendrix Productions / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Blush Collection / Hair: Audra Rene / Makeup: Beauty by Elena / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Suits: J.Crew

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

This shoot inspires the heck out of me.  I'm so happy it's time to share it with all of you.  It's a dream about 4 brides and a gorgeous landscape having imaginary tea together.  I was thrilled to be among so many talented friends and to get to shoot with Mike.  That song, that video, sweet bittersweet memories.  After this shoot I was eating one of the cupcakes from CAKE and trying to gather grace.  I thought the sugar would help me get through what was coming next and then one of those very large bird pooped on my head.  Hmmm.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry but Jen immediately knew to laugh.We were all freezing, satisfied with our efforts and worn out.  Mike and I were on our way to a celebration.  It was suppose to be a fundraiser but instead would be a memorial.  Kaitlyn lent me a knew pair of shoes and some deodorant.  Before I knew it I was on the dance floor singing (reading) the lyrics to "Age of Aquarius" and dancing around to the music of the live band.  We were all singing and dancing, I looked across the room and saw Palka's parents who I hadn't seen since the wedding and teared up with so many good memories.  I saw all of Peggi's courageous and beautiful children giving it their all to make this a celebration.  I felt like I would collapse being in such a bravely happy and sad place all at once.  Tara hugged me and promised to be a connection to Peggi for each other and I left early to go home with Mike.

I love everyone involved for their help in getting me through this day and creating something so sweet and joyous that I can hold on to.  Having friends hold to me up is so wonderful.  I've seen this video so many times and it never fails to put a smile on my face.  I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Friday!  I hope you have some one to get out of the rain with.

xoxo Suzanne

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Bob Hoffman Video Birds of a Feather

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Jennifer Nesovic, the event designer behind this concept, weaves the story behind this delightful photo shoot. “Birds of a Feather …Flock Together” Four friends dreaming of their wedding come together in this adorable inspiration shoot full of whimsy. Our “Birds” arrived piled in a Mini Cooper like a clown car, each in a gorgeous dress unique in its own way. Each lovely bird was embellished with feathery handcrafted delights in their hair. A young guitarist strummed along while they entered the delightful seaside escape. A lovely table was set with gorgeous flowers, vintage china, sweets, cake and “magic” tea. On this beautiful sunny day the waves rolled in and crashed against the sea cliffs with a roar. The spray misted over the gorgeous white leather tufted furnishings while the Persian carpet and vintage bobbles glistened in the sun. Seagulls hovered overhead while our own “Bird Brides,” each with their own bouquets, merrily whispered and explored the cliffs. They brandished antique crocheted parasols as they dreamed of the day that they would marry.”

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Chloe and Grant's Coronado Wedding Part 1

I'm at a loss for what to say. This wedding that we Amanda, Katherine, Courtney, and Audra and I fell in love with is getting such a sweet reception. I hope you have the chance to check them out in Exquisite Weddings magazine this week. It looks so gorgeous. Chloe is such a beautiful girl and really included us all in her wedding sooo much. I'm proud to share some of their wedding day with you.xoxo Suzanneps you should check out Katherine and Christy's write up. Way funnier than mine =)

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i miss REVO

A couple of days ago I had an interview with a couple that was referred to me by Jen and John.  Natalie is a real cool girl who started up her own non profit with friends.  She made a comment about how people can surprise you with their goodness.  It happened to come up while we were chatting that Jen and John were my REVO couple.  My heart has been breaking a little lately over sweet REVO reminders.  I miss my friend.  I miss all of us banning together to fight with hope.  There have been so many little reminders lately - really good things.  But I guess everything at once just left me a little sad and grateful for all those that I have in my life.I ran in to Jeff ant Betsy McCue at a party on Monday I didn't recognize them in person (dressed as polaroids) but knew instantly that they were REVO friends  when they introduced themselves.

I went to our people we love page last week and realized I still had Metro Floral on it.  I still love Metro Floral so I guess it will be awhile before I take it down.

Peggi's daughter Vanessa recently had a big birthday party.  I couldn't make it, but she has been on my mind for weeks since I first saw the invite.

I ran into Kate Capshaw two weeks ago in the middle of an engagement session.  I was shooting so I only got to give her a big hugs.

Last week I had the chance to have a leisurely lunch with my dear friend Sabrina.  Often during the feverish last weeks of the auction Sabrina would be the last person I would email before I went to bed, and I would have more emails from her when I woke up.  I had never even met Sabrina before she volunteered to help create REVO for Peggi.  Then we were the four muskateers with Megan and Kate.

Ha I just got interrupted by Mike.  Outside our window is bright sun, lots of rain, and a double rainbow while Guns and Roses plays Sweet Child of Mine.

So  I guess I just want to say that I miss and love you all.  I'm so grateful to be one of you and I hope that I have the chance to see you often in my life.

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Exquisite Weddings Bridal Party Fashion Shoot

My friend Jenny from Luxe Special Events is guest blogging for us today.  She'll be talking about a project we worked together on for Exquisite Weddings latest issue.  We created their first ever Bridal Party Fashion Shoot.   Mike and I had such an incredible day shooting with our fabulously talented friends.  We will definitely be showing you lots more from this shoot. Hope you love the pictures as much as we do. Hats off to Jessica at  Lovestruck Make Up and Ray Thomas for their hair and make up magic!!!xoxo Suzanne

Jenny --

I was lucky enough to be asked to join a very talented group of ladies to create & style the Exquisite Weddings fashion shoot showcasing bridal party fashion.    Among the creative minds; Suzanne and Mike/She Wanders, Katherine Farley/Root 75, Courtney Scowby/Brightly Designed, Summer Watkins/Grey Likes, Kimberly and Jennifer/CAKE and Alyssa McNees/EW.

A recent trip to the east coast + a shared inspiration led us to our decided direction.

The Concept:  Irreverent Preppy

The Colors:  Traditional muted tones mixed with some bright happy colors.  The eclectic combination completely captured the irreverent preppy vibe.   The colors do not seem as though they would work in harmony, but somehow just do.

Peony, Saffron, Coral, French Blue, and Charcoal

The Inspiration:  totally inspired by the current trend towards stripes.   We take a California twist on the typical striped color scheme, choosing to showcase diagonal stripes to give them an edgier look.

The Locale:  A palatial estate oozing the charm of a sprawling Hampton’s ocean front property.   The perfect choice was Rancho La Jolla Estate.   A private LJ home with water views and elegant architectural moments.

The Story:  A wedding day through the eyes of the bridal party; the moments before, in between and after.

The Bridal Party:  A jet set Hampton’s crew used to living the good life.  Friends with daring style choices slightly off the beaten path but with nods to their preppy high- brow roots.

The Scenes:  The ladies getting ready in the bridal suite, the groomsmen blowing off steam on the tennis courts, the bridal party getting ready to walk the ceremony processional, the closest friends decorating the get-away car, and the bridal party at the tail end of the reception.

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1. I think the details of this photo shoot rise and set around the paper products that completely capture the theme, colors and mood in its entirety. The paper products coupled with the fabulous florals completely embrace the irreverent preppy vision.

2. In love with the kids in this shoot. Can I please put in an order for such cuteness?

3. The effervesence of the moment only She Wanders Photography can capture.

4. The way fabulous Phantom Rolls Royce from Rolls Livery. xoxo Jenny