A sweet rose garden & restaurant wedding by Lovers of Love Photography


There are some weddings that have stunning decor, some weddings with breathtaking locations, and some weddings where you just want to hug the bride and groom because they’re too stinking adorable. Well, luckily for us (and for you dear readers!) today we get to feature a wedding that is all three things!

Joy and Derell’s big day was a celebration of their love, their family and their relationship in a sweet rose garden and restaurant wedding. Their love story is just too cute not to tell, and is shared below by their awesome photographers, Lovers of Love:

Joy, a runner, was training for a half marathon when Derell, not a runner, ran it… just to be near her! How cute is that?! They met at a fateful bonfire where matchmaker friend purposefully invited him to meet her. Its no wonder they hit it off, they both have rare and kind souls. A long run and three years later he proposed during a hike in Maui in front of a gorgeous waterfall. They exchanged the sweetest vows to one another at the Rose Garden in San Diego on May 3rd in front of their closest friends and family. In true Joy fashion every detail was perfect! A burlap runner, pretty little vintage items, hand drawn signage, and 7 of the most adorable flower girls! She wore a gorgeous lace dress from Allure Bridal topped with a dainty floral headpiece. The nights festivities happened over at the Old Venice Restaurant where the couple laughed and danced away the evening.

Read on for more of Joy & Derell’s big day!

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Choosing a wedding venue: 10 things you need to know!

Gorgeous rustic wedding venue!

Erich McVey Photography

There are so many tiny details that go into planning a wedding. With so many things to keep track of, checking a big ticket item off your list like finding a venue can seem like it would be easy. Unfortunately there are a lot of important things to consider before choosing your wedding venue. If you don’t put a lot of thought in finding the perfect venue, you could end up with a disastrous wedding day! Not to worry though with have put together a list of the 10 most important things to consider, do, and ask before choosing a wedding venue!

So read on to find out what to do to make sure you and your partner have the most spectacular wedding venue!

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How to create a wedding guest list: tips for a stress-free guest list

Tips for compiling a wedding guest list

KT Merry Photography via Style Me Pretty

Let’s talk wedding guests, shall we?

Compiling your wedding guest list isn’t exactly as fun as picking out flowers or tasting 50 variations of chocolate cake. I’m not going to lie to you – working with both sets of families and narrowing down who and who shouldn’t be invited to participate in your big day can, at times, be a bit stressful. However, your wedding guest list can be compiled in an organized and fair manner.

So, before you get pushed into inviting your third cousin twice removed over your childhood best friend, use these tips to take a proactive approach to managing the guest list.

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An elegant & rustic Holman Ranch wedding by Carlie Statsky


Who could use a little sunshine in their lives right now? I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved Janu-scary is almost over — here’s looking to the sunnier weather ahead of us. Except for you poor brides on the east coast; you’re stuck with snow for a while, I think. Well, if you’re looking for something to transport you away from the big winter freeze, look no further than today’s gorgeous elegant and rustic Holman Ranch wedding.

Angelique Cabral (was the female lead on FOX’s 2014 comedy series “Enlisted,” and is currently on lots of different TV shows) and Jason Osborn were married at Holman Ranch in the bride’s hometown of Carmel Valley, CA. From the colorful blooms of the ranch to the glowing looks exchanged between the bride and groom, everything about this special day has a touch of magic to it. Captured effortlessly by Carlie Statsky, this is a ranch wedding you just can’t afford to miss out on!

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