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Kathleen & Garret's Vineyard Wedding

Brooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature

A Real Wedding Feature: Kathleen and Garrett's Vineyard Wedding

For this real wedding, Kathleen and Garrett created their dream Vineyard wedding at Lake Oak Meadows. This gorgeous venue is located in Temecula, California. They chose it for it's serene beauty and the intimacy it creates. Take a glimpse into this real wedding for inspiration, as well as tips on how to make this real wedding your own.

The PhotographerBrooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature

Brooke Hicken Photography captured this fairy tale wedding day. . To see her amazing portfolio check out her website here. Brooke Hicken Photography captured everything from the nervous-excited bride getting ready down to the impeccable wedding accessories that made this a picture perfect event. This gorgeous shot captures the simple elegance of this wedding. Featuring a jealousy inducing engagement ring and wedding bad, each representing the commitment this bride and groom decided to make. Having a wedding rings featured in your wedding photos is definitely on trend and Brooke Hicken Photography did not disappoint.

The Traditions Brooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature

Kathleen chose a traditional route of getting ready with her bridesmaids wearing a beautiful bridal robe as she eagerly awaited slipping into her princess worthy wedding dress. Brooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature Here the bride and groom chose to have their first look captured privately, before Kathleen walked down the aisle. This is a choice more and more couples are making; it allows them a few quiet moments together before they declare themselves in front oftheir loved ones. Whether you choose to have that first look before or during the ceremony, the moment will be one you want to remember.    

Wedding Accessories

  Brooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature Next, wedding looks tend to come down to the little details. For example, the small candles laced with crystal and the stunning cake serving set help establish a look and feel of elegance. A similar look can be created with our "Glittering Beads" serving set. Or, take a look at our reflective lace candle holders that can be found by clicking here.

The Wedding Cake

Brooke Hicken Photography: A Real Wedding Feature

A wedding is often the crown jewel of a wedding look. Therefore, no real wedding feature would be complete without taking a look at the cake! This real wedding used a glass base lined with dripping crystal (talk about gorgeous!).  Kathleen and Garret's wedding cake is small and a blue ombre, but has defined color blocks. The wedding cake topper is what makes this wedding cake truly unique. If you want a similar look, this cake topper can be mimicked and made your own using Wedding Collectible's contemporary "Love Bird" cake topper.

As you are planning your dream wedding, what is your priority one?The photographer, the venue, the little details, or the cake?

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A Bohemian Real Wedding with Victoria and Trevor

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Photography for V+T Wedding: Kara Rush Photography

Trevor and Tori met in 2012 while attending the same church. Many of their friends instinctively knew that they would be a good match and continually tried to set them up. After a several failed attempts, they gave in to their friends’ pushing prodding. Even then they thought going on a date would be primarily a fun night out and completely social. To their surprise, they found themselves inseparable after just one date.

They were engaged in October of 2013 and had only 3 months to plan their wedding!

“Trevor took me to a John Mayer concert at the Hollywood Bowl. All night I kept having this feeling that he was going to propose. By the time the concert was over, my brain was fried from thinking he was or wasn’t going to propose. On the way home, he took me to a vantage point overlooking Orange County where a picture of us, candles, succulent flowers, and some sparkling cider was set up. He got down on one knee and BAM!”

On January 3rd of 2014 this sweet couple was married in the LDS Temple in Newport. Following the private and quiet ceremony, they proceeded to the beautiful venue of Hillcrest Terrace of Fullerton. Their gorgeous bohemian chic wedding was full of laughs,elegance, and pure joy.

The Wedding Planning

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The biggest concern for Victoria and Trevor was the guest list because their reception venue only allowed for 145 guests. Since they both have a large family, this meant limited room for friends and other important people in their lives.

For her wedding decorations and accessories, they mainly shopped at Hobby Lobby and did DIY projects. For example, for their table center pieces, they collected glass bottles, spray painted them gold, and then put baby breath in them. Projects like this make decorating easy and cheap if your are on a tighter budget.

The Wedding Look

Bohemian Bride Look

Victoria wore a beautiful floor length wedding gown dripping with lace. Her quarter length sleeves adds simple sophistication. Her favorite wedding accessory and the one piece that established her chosen bohemian bride look was her flower crown. When asked about it she said, “I personally think veils mess up your hair, get caught in the wind, and are expensive for a piece of fabric. I liked the flower crown look because it is so unique and easy to wear for a day. It established the bohemian, elegant but easy-going vibe I was looking for.” She was most certainly right and her wedding day look turned out flawless. FOR MORE ON HOW AN ACCESSORY CAN ESTABLISH A LOOK READ:

When getting ready on her wedding day, Victoria chose to get ready with only her mom. She said that since she was going to be getting married in a sacred and religious place in just hours, she wanted to respect that and not make a big party of getting ready. This is a great alternative to the festive rush of getting ready with your bridesmaids and surely provide some sweet moments between mother and daughter.

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Her sweet groom, Trevor, wore a grey or Taupe suite and a light blue-mint tie. Their goal with their wedding looks was to keep things simple, but elegant.groomsmen in tan bridesmaids dressdownload film Why Him? now


They had a large bridal party and had them in gold and grey. For their color scheme they chose to go with neutrals because it was an easy way to keep things sophisticated. They added hints of peach and greens in their flowers (Done by Allie at -basically a very soft color pop! This worked great with the mismatch bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen’s suit pants. Mismatch bridal parties is a huge trend now, but can be tricky with very specific color choices, bold colors, and small bridal parties.

The Reception

In N Out Wedding


To go with their fun personalities and their love for In-N-Out they actually had a In-N-Out food truck as the caterer of their wedding (To hire a food truck for your wedding click here)! This was a big hit with the wedding guests and became a special highlight of their wedding.

IN-N-OUT Wedding

Dancing at Weddings

For activities at their reception they had dancing and even a (volunteer) magician to entertain the kids! They had wanted to have a fire pit with s’mores, but their venue wouldn’t allow it. It is always important to keep in mind what you want in comparison to what your venue will allow.

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wedding cake cutting

They also kept the wedding traditions of their first dance, wedding toasts, cutting the cake, and the send off. Cutting the cake, of course, turned playful with Victoria and Trevor somehow missing each other’s mouths.

Bubbles Send Off

They ended the night with a bubbly send off (Victoria had wanted sparklers, but again the venue could’t allow it due to regulations) and road off on Trevor’s motorcycle/scooter happily as husband and wife.


Bride and Groom Kiss

Congratulations to Victoria and Trevor! We hope your first year of marriage is as beautiful as your wedding day. Thank you for sharing!

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Real Wedding: Purple and French With Trina & Spencer

 Real Wedding: A French Styled Purple Wedding With Trina & SpencerBride and Groom

Meet the couple: Tina and Spencer met and fell in love while attending their church activities. Trina quickly picked him out as a cutie and it wasn't long until they were dating. The first time they kissed, Trina snuck a kiss on his cheek as he dropped her off at her front door and Spencer's face lit up. Trina remembers it feeling so special and sweet to see him beaming as he drove off that night. Spencer, nervous, proposed to Trina up at the look out point in Fullerton California after spending more time than normal trudging through trails and sprinklers. Of course, Trina eagerly said yes, but right before Spencer put the ring on her finger he adorably asked "This is the finger it is supposed to go on right?" Essentially sealing the deal for Trina's heart without even realizing it. This sweet couple was married in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a simple ring ceremony through the OC Sailing and Event Center for those that were unable to enter the Temple to be a part of. The wedding and reception was full of joy and fun; however, the night before the wedding they were met with sobering news: Trina's father had passed away. Sharing this, Trina stated that "with love, support, and smiles, our family was able to have an amazing wedding day". Her father's passing made each quiet moment special and she knew without a doubt that her father was still with her that day. Their Wedding Style : French with Purple All Over Real Wedding CenterpiecesTheir table centerpieces alternated between tall elegant vases with flowers by Saadia Kibirya from Kismat Events and intricate birdcages. Real Wedding Centerpieces Real Wedding Sign in TableTheir sign in table included delicately wrapped wedding favors, a cute Mr. and Mrs. frame, and a sign in book with colorful signing pens. Wedding Cupcakes Being a couple that enjoys being exactly who they are, they decided to mix up the traditional wedding cake and chose to do wedding cup cakes! The alternating deep and light blue flowers worked beautiful with the purple color scheme and added a nice color pop. Along with the cupcakes they had a small cake so that they could keep the tradition of the bride and groom cutting the cake together. Wedding Cake
Reception DecorIn order to really establish their theme at their reception, they had a table beautifully set for the the bride and groom. This acted as a perfect focal point and really created the ambiance Trina was looking for. Pruple Reception Decor
Real Wedding Bridal Bouquet Trina's bouquet was divine. It featured dark purple calla lilies wrapped in a black ribbon and a simple (and yet it is also decadent) bouquet accessory. Bridesmaid Bouquet The bridesmaid bouquets included as single flower, feather, and neatly tied black ribbon. Real Wedding BridesmaidDeciding to be flexible, Trina wanted her bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses with the only decree being that they were purple. Though this decision lead to a lot of stress and debates on whether or not pink could work instead, the final look of each girl was exactly what Trina had been hoping for. Bridal Party First Dance They decided to keep to tradition with cutting the cake, a first dance, and throwing the bouquet. It was extremely important to them that they could enjoy each moment to the fullest. Bouquet Toss The reception really was full of fun! They had a DJ, dance floor, photo booth, and great food! Trina and Spencer both felt that the night was magical. Wedding Photobooth The Planning Process : Spencer and Tina had a little under three months to plan their wedding, which might seem terrifying, but since Trina had just spent the last year working as a wedding planner, she wasn't too worried. The biggest stress was the bridesmaid dresses, but everyone eventually cooperated.The best way to shop? Online! Trina and Spencer found almost everything online. If it wasn't, they had picked up at Michaels.

The planning flew by and the wedding day flew by, but it will always be a beautiful day to remember.

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