Wilhelmina & Danny

 
 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

 

Whether you enlist the help of friends and family or choose to hire a professional team of vendors, selecting the right team that can bring your vision to life is crucial. After all, you are entrusting that the people you bring on board will understand your vision, and ensure that you can focus on the most important part of your special day: getting married. But not all vendors are created equal and it is important to understand what your vendor will or will not do, the scope of his/her experience, and quite frankly, if you will enjoy working with the vendor throughout the entire process. Take the time to do your homework and interview each vendor prior to bringing him/her on board.

 
 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

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A great way to personalize your wedding, while adding in a subtle, yet noticeable design element is to layer the details. For our couple, each aspect of their wedding received a stand-out installation of floral that would progress in richness of color.

This color combination created a joyful vibe on the tables. “The bride and groom love Heath Ceramics stoneware, so we enlisted Casa de Perrin to outfit the table top in Heath dinnerware, pewter flatware, and beautiful crystal stemware,” says Arons. “To close out the night, we revealed a dance tent built over the venue’s pool that was full of bold yellow flowers.

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Starting with the ceremony, Winward and her team created a full dramatic arch for the couple’s backdrop. The arch was constructed of incredible blooming branches that are only available for a couple of weeks during the season. After cocktails, guests moved into the barn at Durham Ranch for dinner under a magical ceiling installation of green vines and delicate hanging candles.

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

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When every event on the day of the wedding occurs at a different venue, this usually adds a layer of complexity for guests who must factor in more time and energy into getting from point A to B, which may lead to a series of unpleasant experiences to an otherwise celebratory occasion. “The flow of an event is extremely important,”Arons emphasizes. “The event needs to progress in an organic way at the venue, and be designed with the guests’ comfort in mind.  It is also an opportunity to treat your friends and family to new experiences through the wedding. Almost all of my events have some sort of ‘reveal,’ where guests are invited into a new space. I find it reenergizes the party and makes for a memorable wedding over all.”

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa

 Photo: Jose Villa

Photo: Jose Villa


photographer  Jose Villa  |  design & production  Laurie Arons Special Events  |  floral design  Sarah Winward  |  bride's gown  Lespose di giÒ  |  veil  Joan Gilbert Bride   |  venue  Durham Ranch  |  catering  Paula LeDuc Fine Catering  |  table tops  Casa de Perrin  |  lighting  Got Light  |  cake  Perfect Endings  |   linen rentals  La Tavola |  hair & make up  Jim Avila  | candles  Creative Candles |  calligraphy  Curlicue Designs  |  paper goods  A Day In May