After developing a friendship over several years while working at Hughes Marino, Star Hughes, 25, and Steven Gorup, 30, recognized that they shared a mutual crush.
In December 2014, Steven proposed in their candlelit, rose-covered downtown condo among pictures of the two together. Five months later, the pair married at the bride’s childhood home in Rancho Santa Fe, with a ceremony of 30 guests and a reception of 90. Just like their engagement, the classic backyard celebration was intimate, romantic, and personal.
Star always imagined marrying at her parents’ home, where she lived for 17 years. The couple also recently purchased their first home in Rancho Santa Fe, a town close to their hearts.
The bride originally envisioned a simple, strapless gown. “I tried on four or five dresses that fit my ‘wedding dress’ Pinterest board to a T–but they weren’t feeling right to me.” After putting on a Haley Paige “Dori” gown, Star knew it was the one.
Hundreds of candles, mercury glass, and ceramic vases adorned the farm tables to add a vintage feel.
Pop of Pink
The white and gray color palette reflected the interior of the couple’s home, while light pink accents in the flower arrangements and table decor brought a soft and feminine touch.
The bride walked down the aisle to an acoustic rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey,” and returned down the aisle with her husband to “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. “It was a fun way to end the ceremony!” Later, they danced to their first song, Brad Paisley’s “Then.”
Star and Steven served family-style dinner dishes, including beef tenderloin, vegetables, strawberry and candied pecan salad, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato fries, truffle popcorn, and more comfort food classics.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon stay at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos.
The New Children’s Museum
Backyard BBQ Event
How fun is this! Enter a museum and find picnic benches, red and white checkered linens with a runner of wheat grass displaying white picket fences, lemons, butterflies, and pinwheels. Hang out by the beer keg or have some hard lemonade while you wait for dinner to be served family style.
I had the pleasure of working with John Stone Studios last March for a beautiful destination wedding at the Westin Monarche Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California. Since this was the first time working with John Stone Studios, I didn’t know what to expect. However, this photographer impressed me every step of the way. John Stone has an amazing ability in capturing an individuals personality through the camera lens. He truly provides memories for his clients that they will cherish forever. View his website to enjoy his portfolio, John Stone Studios. I have featured a couple of my favorite images above
Magye and Will got married at the Four Seasons Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. It is secluded amid 200 acres of verdant hillsides and rolling valleys. Therefore after Magye expressed that her wedding flowers should have a natural organic garden theme, the Aviara was the perfect venue for her wedding. Magye’s favorite colors are lavender and green. These colors were used throughout the event in the bridesmaid’s dresses, to linens and of course for all the flowers. The Bride absolutely adores lavender sterling silver roses along with green cymbidium orchids and crystals.
Catherine of CBS Weddings, was the event planner and assisted in making Magye and Will’s special day run smoothly. She was a dream to work with. As well as, Boyd Harris, provided these amazing images.