weddings: ainjil and chris

by Grace Bonney

photographer jose villa takes one heck of a beautiful photo. he was behind the beautiful shop horne wedding we posted in may (stay tuned for their new column next!) and is behind the incredible pictures i’m sharing here today.

bride and groom ainjil and chris met because of music- she is a singer in a band, and he recorded her album. their wedding at the crossroads estate in los olivos, california was planned and designed by rebecca stone of duet weddings with a “french country in the vineyard” theme. what grabbed me the most about their special day was the incredible focal statement made by a wall of hanging ribbons. it sets such a soft, but dramatic stage for the other vintage-inspired details like mixed china plates, beautiful curved wooden chairs, and glass apothecary jars filled with candy. rebecca of duet has been kind enough to share more details, which follow after the jump below. but i also wanted to add an incredible film of the wedding shot buy joel serrato of joel serrato films. i’m always a sucker for the “moment captured in time” aspect of photos, but it’s especially sweet to see the day in movement. especially to catch details like the ticking stripe-covered plants and chandeliers in trees. swoon. thanks so much to jose, rebecca, and joel for sharing their work with us- and to the happy couple, ainjil and chris for allowing us to share their big day. congrats!

CLICK HERE for the rest of the post and all 20 images (and a link to more!) on one page after the jump!

The bride has a serious sweet tooth, so a gorgeous dessert display was in order. (Guests were delighted to nibble throughout the evening, and take home in bags at the end of the night.)

On the table tops, loose creamy blooms filled collected silver pieces, while mismatched china made for unexpected dinner plates. We stamped table numbers on burlap bags which the dinner wine was placed inside of, and wrapped it loosely with antique velvet and lace ribbons.

Guests were greeted upon arrival with a “make-your-own” champagne cocktail station, where they could serve themselves with fancy little spoons to create little cocktails of their choice before heading to their seats for the ceremony

The space was dotted with ruffley vintage pagoda style umbrellas- one under which sat a silhouette artist who created little masterpieces with his hands as guests looked on in awe. A framed record of ‘Chris & Diane’s song’ placed atop stacks of sheet music was used for signing.

Cocktail hour was full of merriment- we created little vignettes using different lawn games- an antique croquet set in one corner, horseshoes in another, vintage badminton set in another.

An antique riddling rack stood alone displaying guests’ escort tags.

Guests moved inside an old barn for dinner, where more chandeliers twinkled from the rafters. The enormous, open barn presented challenges with Chris & Diane’s intimate group, so we sectioned off with fabric and ribbon (we created a 24’ wide wall made entirely of ribbon- in varying shades of antique, muted tones) to create different spaces. At the end of the night, the couple danced to their first dance, “performed” by Jim Reeves. (A large screen was placed behind the dance floor, and a black-and-white projection of Jim Reeves singing created the effect of him serenading them at that moment..)


To see the FULL SET of images from Jose, CLICK HERE!

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