Real Wedding: Jill & Joe

I’m so excited to share with you my first post of 2015! You may remember from last year – I posted that I not only wanted to share photos and details from my past brides, but I also wanted to simply share their love stories. I have an incredible opportunity to be surrounded by so much love in what I do and I wanted to share that positivity in my blog and social media outlets. So today is all about Jill & Joe and their adorable love story and their epic wedding last Fall.

Jill was maybe hands down one of my easiest brides last year. And Joe was hands down the coolest groom ever. I seriously was always laughing with these two! Jill was SO laid back about everything and Joe just wanted his good ol’ southern bbq and a family style atmosphere. Those were his only requests. I seriously LOVED working with them! And what I loved even more was their adorable love story. I feel like Jill and I were a bit alike. We were planners. We were organized. And we took charge of things. So when she was planning a special trip for the two of them, the whole thing being her idea and all – she never would have guessed that the whole trip was actually part of Joe’s proposal… I’ll let you hear it from the bride herself =)

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Joe and I met 6 years ago at a mutual friends house party. One of my best friends Chris introduced us… and he was hoping to play matchmaker… I wasn’t really looking for a relationship. Fast forward a couple months… and a group of us all go out to dinner for Chris’s birthday… and Joe and I started talking and we just clicked. On our first official date he asked me if I wanted to go out for shots after work before I was leaving on a family vacation…

I was thinking alcohol and going to a bar or something… he picked me up and he started driving and he took me to jamba juice for wheat-grass shots… how cute is that?

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The proposal… I planned a little 4 day get-a-away to Lake Tahoe… just a trip for the 2 of us before it got super crazy with the holidays. I never thought Joe would propose on a trip… because he would think I would think he was going to propose… so I definitely didnt expect him to propose. We were in Lake Tahoe Wednesday- Saturday…. so Friday we decided to go to Virginia City… people in Tahoe said it was something we should do. So we go back to the 60’s/70’s… Virignia City… home of Bonanza… and spend the day going to Saloons, having lunch, a little gambling and some thrift stores. We start heading back to Tahoe…. and once we get close to the hotel Joe mentions that he wants to have a nice dinner since its our last night. He asks me what I want and I of say it didnt matter… I was up for anything. He mentions going to a restaurant we saw a couple days earlier… Kalanis… and I’m like ohh thats expensive are you sure? So he insists we go there… so we get there… its early bird special time (5 ish) and the restuarant is relatively empty… just a couple people at the sushi bar. So I assume we are going to sit at the sushi bar… and the waitress heads that way but joe asks if we can sit at a table (which at this point we’re the only ones at a table) So Joe asks me if I want to get a bottle of wine (trying to be romantic) and I’m like naahhhh… I think I’m just gonna have a beer… Totally killing it not realizing what was going to happen . So we order our meal… have a really nice dinner… The waitress asks if we want dessert and we say yes… she goes to get the menu… and he tells me to order whatever I want… and then Joe just gets up and walks away (to the bathroom) but doesnt say anything which was werid. So he comes back… the waitress is there to take the dessert order but Joe asks her if she could take our picture… and as shes going to take a picture I see him pull something out of his pocket out of the corner of my eye. I look and start freaking out inside… and then the waitress whos tying to take our picture realizes whats happening and starts freaking out because she cant work the camera. So at the restaurant he asked me to marry him… and I said of course… and that was the start of #happilyeveryoung.

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Purple was obviously a strong theme throughout the day – but mostly Jill and Joe wanted a beautiful yet fun environment. They wanted to guests to have a fun time, and just feel loved on.  We incorporated so many shades of purple into their day so that it wasn’t just two dimensional.  The escort card wall we built was adorned with Disney paint chips that came from Jill’s work and it rested near a stunning fountain on the property.

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The table design was so much fun – everyone loved all the unique centerpieces. As with all my design clients – I urge them to create a palette that is more than just a couple colors. We look for an array of colors as well as textures to pull off an amazing look.  Jill and I worked with rose gold, brushed antique gold as well as chalk black and sequin to make their reception have a more dynamic feel. I scoured all of the mismatched vintage centerpieces at flea markets and thrift stores for months. I’ve never had a wedding where more guests were begging to take the centerpieces home! The vintage pieces paired perfectly with such organic and vibrant florals from Florals by Susan.

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Custom beer cozies were handed out to all the guests from the bar and were a huge hit! We also incorporated custom rose gold imprinted purple napkins with a special detail significant to the couple – people were saving the napkins they were so beautiful!

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All the rentals including the amazing tenting, chandeliers, and the light up bar were provided by A1 Event Rentals – the result was flawless! The tent design was really fun as well – we sort of wrapped all the tables around the dance floor so that everyone was fairly close to it. The idea was to create more of a party atmosphere and it totally worked! We also didn’t have a traditional head table or sweetheart table. Jill and Joe wanted everything to be family style and they wanted to spend as much time being right along with everyone as possible.

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Congrats again Jill and Joe! It was such a joy to work with you and meet all your friends and family!

Venue: Rancho Camulos // Design & Coordination: Tasteful Tatters // Photography : Joel Llacar Photography // Rentals : A1 Event Rentals // Catering: Famous Daves BBQ // Florals: Flowers By Susan // Bar Service: Catered Cocktails

Comments

  1. Thank-you for your acknowledgement with Jill and Joe’s wedding! We are so very pleased that everyone enjoyed our work. Happy new year!!

  2. I’ve looked at this a bunch today… Thank you!! I love it and everything about our wedding day! You are the best and I seriously can’t thank you enough for all you did for our day!

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