Garden Glam Ponte Winery Wedding

Garden Glam Rustic Ponte Winery Wedding, part 1: the ceremony and cocktail hour

Grace and Andrew, or Grandrew as they’ve come to be known by us, are one of the sweetest and most in love couples we have had the pleasure to work with. Our dear Grace had hired my services several times for invitations before she decided she had to hire me, almost a year before the engagement, to secure my services. I adore her… We had so much fun designing their Ponte Winery Wedding inspired by an overgrown herb garden with a garden glam twist. She literally gave us carte blanche and said ‘I trust you!’ and actually wanted to have some elements of surprise herself! Talk about a laid back bride! That level of creative freedom, in turn, made us work even harder to giver her and Andrew their dream wedding.

Enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Jen Lauren Grant of Birds of Feather!

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For a natural ceremony design that would just enhance and not distract from the already beautiful view, we used eucalyptus garland laced with crystals to line the aisle and tied purple wildflowers onto the chairs. Ponte Winery Wedding Alchemy Fine Events (4)

Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite

Fresh garden glam with a touch of a modern edge was our inspiration for the 2-ply cotton letter-pressed invitation suite. We created a soft design with a light sage green, cool grey and light lilac.  Ponte Winery Wedding Alchemy Fine Events (2) ponte winery wedding


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The Overgrown Wild Garden Bridal Bouquet

We wanted a stunner bouquet to really go overboard with the overgrown wild garden feel and Isari Flower Studio definitely delivered with this beautiful purple bridal bouquet!!

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The bridesmaid bouquets were a softer pastel version of the wildflower feel with dinner-plate dahlias, lisianthus, lambs ear leaves and lavender sprigs which looks so soft against the bridesmaids blush pink bridesmaid gowns. blush bridesmaid dresses

I am so in love with Grandrew’s little dog Buttercup who made quite the wedding appearance as well! Thankfully Ponte Winery allowed small pets as we know how they can be part of your family and want them to be there on your special day.

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Ponte Winery Wedding Alchemy Fine Events Boring boutonnieres these were not! Mixed with berries, herbs and wild looking greenery, Isari Flower Studio delivered for the gents as well!

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ponte winery wedding After seeing what a bubbly and outgoing bride grace was it was so emotional to see her burst into tears of joy and excitement. It was such a touchingly sweet moment to see how prepared her father was to blot away the tears off of his daughters cheek en route down the aisle. Good job dad!

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And these darling little kids… So stinking cute!! The flower girl head wreath by Isari was a perfect fit for this little angel.

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Photo Escort Card Display Idea!

At the cocktail hour we featured vintage doors with our custom designed seating cards with photos of Grace and Andrew with each of their guests and wrote how they all knew each other. It was such a great way for everyone at the wedding to get to know each other as well! Things like ‘Grace’s Aunt’, ‘Andrew’s friend from college’ or ‘Andrew’s craziest co-worker’ made for fun titles and a lot more mingling!

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Cocktail Hour Lemonade Stand

Andrew’s one big request was to have a lemonade stand.. so we delivered! We built a custom stand and featured fresh lemonade in mason jars to cool guests off after sitting in the sun for the ceremony. ‘Sweet like Andrew and sassy like Grace’ was the perfect way to tie the sweet and tart together! Even after the lemonade was through everyone was able to use is for a wonderful photo opp.

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Stay tuned for part 2 of our Garden Glam Ponte Winery Wedding with the reception and dessert bar!

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Venue Ponte Estate Family Winery

Photography Jen Lauren Grant

Flowers Isari Flower Studio

Lounge Furniture by Pow Wow Rentals



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Destination WEDDING: IBIZA Wedding Venue Scouting

 The best Ibiza wedding venues

Hola de Ibiza! We are researching and reporting back to you this month while we explore some of the most beautiful destination wedding venues across Europe during a much needed break in weddings. I am truly a huge fan of destination weddings as it allows you to be more connected with your guests as you adventure together on such an important milestone of your life.


Starting with Ibiza, where our partners Bonder & Co., the premier villa rental and concierge company on the island, showed us some new and unique Ibiza wedding locations to discover including the brand new Cotton Beach Club.  We also stopped by Atzaro, a truly beautiful zen resort in the middle of the island and the famed Blue Marlin Beach Club for the couple wants to dance all night in the sand.  If you make it there make sure to have lunch next door at the little Spanish restaurant with the best octopus carpaccio I’ve ever had!!! Delicious..


Here is just a tiny sneak peak of what’s to come from Ibiza!! Thank you to Gypsy Westwood for capturing some beautiful photos while exploring the magical island!


Stay tuned for more sneak peaks from my European adventures to come! Cheers to a wonderful sunny summer!

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Now for images through my iphone and instagram… with this sort of natural  beauty even my camera phone can’t do wrong.


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Luxury Wedding Workshop in Lake Como Italy

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Italian Photography & Design Wedding Workshop in Lake Como

With much excitement we are proud to announce L’Arte del Martrimonio, a luxury photography and design workshop being help November 11- 15 on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Brought to you by Alchemy Fine Events, we are offering photography students the chance to learn under the talented shutterbugs Jana Williams and Mike Larson and designers and planners to learn under the direction of Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events with beautiful styling and florals by Krista Jon and Archive Rentals. In addition to these creative talents we are also very excited to announce that Rebecca Crumley, photo editor of The Knot Magazine will be there to critique, trend forecast and talk about how to get published in this competitive market.


Students will be staying at the luxurious Hotel Imperiale and shooting at the incredible Villa Passalacqua, vacation home to Elton John, Victoria & David Beckham to name a few,  in addition to outdoor and lake locations. Student’s will get to work with each teacher in smaller groups as well to learn not only technical skills but also how to communicate more clearly with each other as the designer photographer relationship is crucial. We also be offering specialized breakaway groups such as boudoir shooting with Jana and portraits with Mike while planners and designers will be able to talk about the details the clients love, styling tips and tricks and walking through the creative process with ultimate goal being client success and of course getting published! Students will get to work with an incredible level of talented models and couture fashion designers such as the swoon-worthy gowns by Galia Lahav and other beautifully crafted works of art.


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While staying at Hotel Imperiale breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinners will be held in group settings for more one-on-one teacher time for Q&A over dining as well as glamourous styled dinners each evening with a black tie gala the last evening to wrap up the week.


What Vanessa will talk about…


With a plethora of creative details going into each of my events people always ask where do I even start this tedious process? The creative process is far too often taken for granted and really should be a methodical practice of starting with creativity and letting your visions soar as a whole before starting the smaller details. Approaching each event from a creative direction standpoint rather than coordination of smaller details not only will allow you to expand your creative vision but allow you to communicate visually with your clients and vendors.

In addition to the creative design and styling skills, I’ll be working with the photographers so that they learn to shoot with a design perspective while spotlighting each vendor involved in the wedding to ensure as much exposure for your work as possible to promote future collaborations for years to come.


What Jana will talk about…


Many people have asked me how I stand out in the wedding industry.  Above all, it’s about the work. However, I have found social media and precise branding to be one of the biggest catalysts for my success.  I am very excited to share my insight about developing, cultivating, and living your brand as well as specific way to use social media to get noticed and book jobs in the wedding industry.


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Mike will have presentations and then open discussions for each topic section.  We’ll chat about these concepts: “how to be different in a sea of photographers”, shooting right the 1st time, the power of specializing & unique positioning, designing your business to fit your life (with freedom), how to brand yourself, well, walk through the images a full real Mike Larson wedding, Review top mistakes most photographers make.  Why and how to wow your clients.


Then we will go into the details:  Lighting – Curating – Personal Style Development – Marketing/Branding – Specialization – Presentation/Perception – Simple Album Design – Pricing – Building Client Relationships – Getting published & Submitting to blogs & magazines – Advertising – Lightroom, packaging, assistants, associates – yay or nay , speedy systems for editing in Lightroom, simple workflows.  How to keep having fun.


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Editors and designers have tricks and needs to what gets published. In our sessions, I’ll reveal how editorial content varies from what your clients want to see. Particularly, we’ll cover telling a story with your images and the subtle differences to get your shots noticed. We’ll go behind-the-scenes analyzing photo variety and necessary data to deliver a strong submission. I’ll also share my favorite tips for perfectly styled shots.


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The chance to shoot inside of the famous Villa Passalaqua is like non other.. With masterpieces hanging on the walls and the history of famous composers in its past this is truly an opportunity like non other and would be in invaluable addition to any portfolio. Please view more images of this historic gem below and visit  L’Arte del Matrimonio for more details.


Ci vediamo in Italia!!!

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Estancia La Jolla Wedding Spanish Boho showcase

With the recent revamping of Estancia La Jolla’s ballroom we were invited, along with their other favorite wedding vendors here in San Diego, to showcase our work at an industry and bride mixer. Along with our talented pals over at Isari Flower Studio and Hostess Haven we created our interpretation of a California Spanish Boho look that goes perfectly with Estancia’s luxurious Spanish style for an understated elegant Estancia La Jolla Wedding.


Farm Tables and more brought in the organic element via their beautiful raw wood picnic table and cabana on which we draped romantic sheer cheesecloth for a more intimate look. We paired the bench that comes along with this table set with linen and wicker backed chairs by Hire Elegance for a more glam effect and seating options. This would make for a beautiful and stunning long head table as well! Just because you are inside of a ballroom don’t let that limit your potential of hanging and draping over your tables to make a dramatic statement in or outdoors.


Paula of Luna Photo came out to capture these delicious details as well as some stunning pics courtesy of True Photography.

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Event Design, Styling & Invitations and stationery by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Flowers by Isari Flower Studio

Tableware Rentals by Hostess Haven

Farm Table, Bench & Cabana by Farm Tables & More

Dining Chairs by Hire Elegance

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