We are lucky enough to share in a love story that took Elijah and Rebecca’s family and closest friends halfway around the world to celebrate their love in Lake Como, Italy. Sure we all saw George Clooney’s house and had a great time being together but this was the end of one beautiful prologue and the start of the next adventure for these two. We could not be more thankful to Elijah and Rebecca for believing in us so much that they wanted Lisa and I to be there to capture who they were. I will tell you I cried, I laughed, I smiled and we both joyously peered through our lenses capturing every ounce of love that poured out last Tuesday. Here are just a couple photos of their big day. We promise a bigger post to come soon so we can see the whole adventure Elijah and Rebecca had with their friends and family.
I did mention there were tears involved from many people on that day.
I don’t want to give away their whole story yet, but know that they got married in the same place that Anakin and Padme fell in love, had their first kiss and were married. (Rebecca is a huge Star Wars fan!) We all had a small boat ride to get to the beautiful Villa Del Balbianello.
I had the opportunity to hangout with Elijah while he was getting ready that beautiful morning. I do mean beautiful, as it rained for three days before the wedding.
Tears number two…
We then headed off by boat this time to a picturesque restaurant for their dinner and reception!
Had to get a quick shot of Elijah having fun taking a panorama!
Thank you again Elijah and Rebecca for believing in us so much. We could not be more honored to have you two bring us out of the country to photograph our first international wedding. We are very grateful!
As soon as Brit knew she was getting married on the beach, she knew that she wanted starfish as a part of the decor. She also loves the birdcage veil and I was happy to help her make one using the same technique I had used to make my own veil for my and Geoff’s wedding. Before you start sewing pull two long “tails” of thread from the needle and bobbin of your machine.Set you machine to the longest stitch possible. Begin sewing along one of the raw (short) edge. Do not back stitch. Make sure you are sewing as one continuous stitch and that the thread does not break. On the back end, you may notice the netting will start to scrunch up. This is completely ok! In fact, it will help you gather later on.Keep sewing along one of the long edges, then the other raw edge. When you get the the end, do not backstitch. Also leave long tails of thread on this side too.On one end of the fabric, gently pull one of the “tails” while holding on to the netting. This should gather the fabric. Be careful not to break the thread! Keep gathering until everything is tight.Once the veil is fully gathered, tie the two sets of tail into a double knot to keep it from coming undone. Clip the ends of the threads. Before finishing up, we placed the veil on Brit and made sure everything was laying as we liked it to. We had to tuck up a bit of netting on one side.Take the scrunched up part of the veil and place it under your needle. Sew back and forth over this area several times to create a flat space. Here you can seen the “flat part”.Put a good sized glob of hot glue in this spot and attach your starfish! On the backside, glue down the tops of two alligator clips. (You should be able to buy these little clips at craft stores or on Etsy.)Cut a small piece of felt in a long oval shape like so.Clip the felt into the two alligator clips. Lift up the edge of the felt and apply a small dab of glue. Repeat on the other side. Your beautiful veil is complete!
Clint and Kayla love family, farm life, and of course, each other. We feel so lucky to know these two wonderful people and so fortunate to have been able to capture their wedding day. As you may remember from their engagement session, Clint is a 5th generation almond farmer and now Kayla is a part of that life too. For their wedding at the amazing Forest House Lodge, they really wanted to incorporate their love of the hard-working, easy-going country life. They both wore cowboy boots, grew tons of succulents together with Kayla’s mom, included lots of almonds and rice (the family also grows rice), and kept the day relaxed and fun. Don’t you just love Kayla’s blue boots? And paired with that gorgeous succulent bouquet created by Botanica, it’s simply perfect.Kayla was STUNNING!Nothing like a 5 hour energy drink with your guys to kick off the wedding day!Choices, choices…Clint and Kayla decided they wanted to spend some time together before the ceremony and have their big reveal moment in a situation where they could really soak it in and enjoy it, just the two of them. You can’t blame mom for trying to sneak a peek though!I LOVE Clint’s face when he saw Kayla coming down the aisle. Can I just say how much i loved how everything came together at this wedding? In case you aren’t looking closely enough, those are shotgun shell escort cards. Pretty much the best thing ever.This woodgrain cake was amazing!Gotta give the almonds a little love too!
Our next how-to for Brit and Tim’s kitschy Hawaii wedding is this adorable ring pillow. As it will be a ceremony on the beach, there won’t be too much additional decor, so a bright and colorful pillow to carry the wedding rings was a must. For this project, we used a tan colored fabric (it reminded us of sand!) and used the same fabrics from the bunting we’d already made. Start by cutting out your petal pieces. You will need to pieces of fabric per petal. 8 pieces for a 4-petal flower, or 10 for a 5-petal flower. Cute them out in a U-shape like below. We cut a few different sizes for the different sized flowers.With right sides together, sew around the rounded part of the petal, leaving the flat side open. Clip the rounded edges, then turn the petal right-side out.After you turn the fabric, iron them flat. Repeat with all of your petals until you’ve made them all! Time to assemble the flowers! Fold the petal in half like so. Sew a line from about halfway along the fold to the middle of the bottom.Repeat with all of your petals.Stack two petals together face-to-face. With a needle and thread, pie through the two petals. Open them up like you are opening a book.Stack the next petal face-to-face with the previous petal and sew through both like before. Keep going until you’ve attached all petals together. Put the first petal and the last petal together, sort of like closing the loop. Sew through like before, then once more through the next set of petals to keep everything thing secure. Wrap your thread tightly a few times around all the petals.Finally sew through all the layers a few times (from one side to the other) at various angles to secure everything.
Next make your leaves! Cut two leaf-shaped pieces per finished leaf. With right sides together, sew around the outside, leaving one side open. Clip curves, flip right side out, then sew some lines on top like so.
Arrange everything as you like it on the top of one of the 9-inch squares. Pin everything in place.Next, tack on each petal with a few hand-sewn stitches. Stitch the center of each petal to the [pillow top. Be careful to only sew through the bottom layer of each petal to keep your stitches hidden. Also do not stitch too close to edge of the pillow fabric because your will need some seam allowance.Pin back an petals the get close to or extend over the edge of the pillow fabric. You want to make sure you do not sew through anything!With right sides together, pin the two pillow squares together. Then sew around the outside, leaving about 4 inches open so you can turn the pillow right side out. Clip your corners like so, then turn your fabric. Pin the center of your ribbon to the center of the pillow. Be sure to pin through both layers. Sew and backstitch over the ribbon. You should be sewing through both layers of pillow fabric.Stuff your pillow, then hand-sew the opening shut. All done!Now all that is left to do is tie a couple rings on a walk down the aisle!Isn’t Brit’s ring lovely? So classic, dainty, and beautiful!
As you may have seen in our colorful DIY bunting tutorial, we have an exciting new feature on The Goodness blog! My BFF Brit and her fiancé Tim are planning their destination wedding in Hawaii for this upcoming June! I have known Brit for a little over two years now, but it feels like we’ve know each other forever. We always joke about how we had “friend crushes” on each other when we met while working at Apple, and how we were destined to be besties because we are always finding new ways that we are alike. 🙂 Our moms are both named Priscilla, how random is that!?
Anywhoo, allI can say is that these two are one of the most adorable couples you will meet. They met on Brit’s very first day at Sacramento State and bonded while while working for the campus radio station, KSSU. The have been dating and generally being awesome together for about 5 years now. They recently bought their first home in Land Park where they are in walking distance from, like a million cool places. (Jealous? Me? Never!) Being as big of Disney fans as we are, Tim even proposed to Brit in front of Snow White’s fountain in Disneyland and they walked around blissfully in their bride and groom Mickey hats for the rest of the day. Awwww!
With the ring on her finger, it was time to start planning their upcoming nuptials! Here are a few words from Brit about her experience planning the wedding.
My fiancé and I decided to get married in Hawaii because of a mutual dream we each had when we visited Hawaii when we were younger, over a decade ago. We both dreamed of getting married on a beach in Hawaii. It was meant to be all those years ago. Planning a destination wedding requires patience and a plan. (I definitely had the latter, patience came with time.) Choosing and communicating with vendors that are far away might not be as simple as vendors in your neighborhood, but as long as communication is open and consistent, you will be happy! I found an amazing team to help with my wedding and am confident that everything will come together on the big day. As you know I am brining my BFF Lisa and Geoff along to photograph the wedding, is there any other choice?
Next I found the venue. I could not be more happy with the gorgeous location for our wedding! We are getting married on the island of Oahu at the gorgeous Kualoa Ranch. Our ceremony will be on Secret Island, where we will be walking down the aisle on the sand and have ocean waves in the background. We will take boats across the fish pond to the ceremony and then take boats back to the reception site.
Before we get much further into the wedding, I am excited to share Brit and Tim’s engagement session! They both wanted to do photos at the beach, to echo their upcoming wedding in Hawaii. They also wanted something very cute and colorful with a fun vintage flair! So we gathered up some fun props and headed out to beautiful sunny Santa Cruz.
We started our session in Capitola, which is just an adorable area with so many colorful houses!Next we headed out to the one place in Santa Cruz you must stop at whenever you go, Marianne’s Ice Cream. A couple of yummy cones will always put you in a good mood!Love this girl, isn’t she adorable?! Next Brit and Tim changed outfits and we headed over the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a giant bunch of colorful balloons in hand. I think Tim looks quite dapper in his bow tie!Our last stop of the afternoon was to the beach. The plan was to have a picnic in the sand as a nod to their destination wedding in Hawaii. I love how this setting is undeniable Californian though. It describes the state that is their home and also the place where they are getting married!Hula girl soda anyone?LOVE.Nothing beats being wrapped up in a blanket on the beach while the sun goes down. Simply wonderful.Brit and Tim we love you guys SO MUCH and are SO EXCITED to be a part of your wedding. Readers, stay tuned to the blog as we post more planning details, wedding projects, and how-to’s for Brit and Tim’s big day!
This love story started well before either of them knew it had. One evening in Oxford, England, a young English boy met a beautiful young American girl at college where he had just finished a meeting about traveling to the US for University. It just so happens Jonty was lucky enough to have met Sabrina, a sweet girl who offered her US number just in case he came over and needed help getting situated in the states. Jonty decided to make that trip across the pond to Sac State where he remembered that sweet girl whom had given him her number back in England. It did not take long for these two to start hanging out together and fall head over heels in love. The crazy thing is that this story does not end in the US. In fact as I write this on a train looking out upon the gorgeous fields of the English countryside I am reminded of the beauty of being willing to travel as far as humanly possible to be with the one you love. I am talking about the willingness to do things many think is crazy for the one you love. Travel across a river, a mountain, a state, quit a job, move across a continent, or in this case move halfway around the world. If you are willing to make that leap and follow your heart over anything else in life it tends to lead you to happiness that is more fulfilling than the love most people dream of. It gives you that smile across your face that can never be erased, since you have the one person you love more then anything by your side. It is this type of love that had Sabrina moving halfway around the world for the man she loves.
So I should tell you this is their engagement session with us, but they are married. I know, I know, but two weeks ago today these two were married in London. In fact we are just outside that very building here where they officially tied the knot. Sabrina’s family made it out and they had an intimate affair for their families to celebrate together in London. They are having a reception in the US to celebrate as well in May. More about that later. We happened upon a few different weddings this Saturday in London. It was also one of the first sunny days of the year. All of us were amazed at the gorgeous warm weather that we had.
We really enjoyed getting to see how happy these two were standing on the same steps of the building in which they were wed.
Next we headed to their favorite place to go in the spring and summer in London, Regnts Park. This park is no small place to visit. We started overlooking “their spot” in the park. It is where they love to sit and watch people boating and enjoy time with each other and a bit of quiet from all the hustle and bustle of London.
Now this is that spot they were looking at across the pond. A cute little hill, sprinkled with daffodils. Who would not enjoy just hanging out in such a beautiful place?
I love that Sabrina made these cute little muffins. Too delicious!
I did mention that we saw a few weddings this day. The last one we saw was just the evidence of their celebration. It is so fun the things we find just walking around Regents Park. These were just on the ground hanging out near the Queen’s garden. It just made sense to grab one, since these two are newlyweds and all.
Thank you so much Jonty and Sabrina for sharing with us just a little piece of your London. Seeing the places that have so many special meanings to you two meant the world to Lisa and I. Your transatlantic love story is one to remember. We can not wait to see you two at the end of May in Sacramento!
Get ready for a beautiful and charming wedding filled with fun, family, and food! If you remember Lynn and Evan from their engagement session, you will know of their love of good food and things that grow from the ground. They tend and harvest their own little crop in their community farm in Davis where they live. It was only appropriate that their wedding was at a culinary school! Ramekins in Sonoma is SUCH a cool place. As soon as we walked in and saw the asparagus banisters, we knew we were in for a treat. We had so much fun working with Lynn and Evan leading up to the wedding through designing their save the dates, invitations, and some day-of stationery as well! Be sure to check out their design post we just shared!Check out these gorgeous florals. Susan with Garden Party did an amazing job! I think they perfectly capture the bright wildflower look they were going for. Lynn was such a lovely and easygoing bride. She looked so stunning!Loved the bright blue lace bridesmaids dresses with yellow heels and the mini grapes in the flowers!While the girls were hanging out and getting ready, Evan and the guys were at a house down the street with friends and family. Evan’s dad even made homemade hummus for the guys to snack on!Sometimes a man needs help tieing his tie. Evan’s brother had to come in to help.Evan showing off his custom R. Douglas suit to his friends. We can definitely appreciate a well made custom suit. Evan looked so handsome in his windowpane suit.Evan and Lynn decided they wanted to spend a little time together before the ceremony, so we did a first look with them. We always highly recommend this as it is such a special moment that the two of you get to share with each other. And don’t think for a minute that seeing each other before the ceremony takes anything away from the emotion of that walk down the aisle. Evan just about had us in tears too as he looked upon Lynn coming towards him. A man in tears seeing his bride is something that always makes my heart flutter a little. It always reminds of when I saw Geoff with his one big alligator tear rolling down his cheek. Someone has to sign the marriage certificate to make it official!Giant whisk and giant eggs? Could not resist.Evan and Lynn had some really cute details at their reception. Check out that little house for cards. We also were able to design them escort cards, menus, and their custom photo guestbook. Because they are über cool, Evan and Lynn wanted the Shot Spot for entertainment. The guests were having a blast!Dancing the Hora always makes for some hilarious and amazing photos! Once the dance floor opened it was INSANE! I think this wedding will go down in Goodness history for the craziest dancing guests ever! Their amazing band, The All Stars, knew how to keep the dance floor going strong! Congratulations Evan and Lynn!
Evan and Lynn knew two things they wanted when it came to their wedding stationery. They loved letterpress and they wanted to include the beautiful many colors of wildflowers that would be at the wedding. Now, normally lots of colors and letterpress are not something that go hand in hand. But as you may know, we like to get creative here at The Goodness when faced with a challenge. We were able to create a design that was whimsical, fun and natural, while incorporating bright colors by creative use of materials. The first thing we designed was the save the date. I’m excited to share this one because you get to see a little of the creation process too! We really wanted to incorporate the colorful wildflowers of the wedding with a letterpress postcard. Our design was letterpressed text and flowers with hand painted watercolor flowers. We painted each stem and flower by hand to create something that was one of a kind for each guest.We mixed our own colors to get the perfect hues.The colors were inspired by California wildflowers.On the back, we used custom rubber stamps to include the wedding information and return address on the back. A line was painted on the back to separate the message and address area.The complete save the date! Detail of the letterpress and watercolored flowers.When it came time to design the invitations, we wanted to keep a lot of the design from the save the date by using some of the same fonts. The end result was modern, natural, and not-too-formal.We designed custom mailing labels on kraft envelopes for a natural feel.Pretty envelope liners to match! Again, including color here was essential, and our solution was a beautiful patterned fabric belly band. The print was rather large, which meant each invitation was unique, just like the save the dates!LOVE the texture of letterpress! We also designed an card with helpful information for the guests.Additionally, we designed some of the day-of stationery. These menu cards were placed on all the tables.And we created these escort cards with cute fish (for the salmon dish) and mushroom (for the vegetarian mushroom risotto) graphics. Finally, we designed a cute matching thank you card with a wedding portrait! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog for the full post from Evan and Lynn’s culinary-inspired wedding!
This couple’s beginnings were many years before they actually started dating. They met at summer school, even though they did not go to the same school. Russell’s friend actually got them all to start hanging out together. They would hangout, go to the, pool, basketball games, and the drive-ins (more on that later) and had an amazing summer together. These two always stayed friends after this fun High School summer. Nine years later however is how this story really starts. Russell had gone off to Peace Corps after college in Africa. Kelly and a few of his friends were brave enough to go and visit and this is when Russell finally made his move. After Russell came back once from his two year trip these two knew they were starting something special. As Russell was leaving for another year away from Kelly, and having gotten to spend time in not only Africa but now a little bit of time in the US he knew she was the girl for him. Not too long after Russell left for another year away Kelly decided to go and visit again but this time for a month. I know having a long distance relationship is not easy, even though mine with Lisa was only 100 miles of distance I can only imagine how hard it was for these two being separated by two continents. Once Russell was back in the US you can probably guess that their relationship only continued to blossom. They have now bought their first house together (where Russell proposed their first night with keys in hand) That is why we started their engagement session in that very place. We also started it with one of their favorite things, a glass of whiskey! Russell has his Rye whiskey and Kelly has her Jameson. What a perfect pair!
This is Piper their beautiful dog! She is beyond friendly and never barked once. She did however provide kisses! One can not complain about a loving dog!
After a few photos at the house it was time to head to the Drive-in. This is where these two spent a few summer night back when they were 16 together. It was fun to see how happy they both were talking about hanging out with each other all those years ago!
Who would have known there was a gorgeous field of flowers under the movie screen. Once Lisa found it we headed over. These two were full of laughs as Kelly would hop on Russell’s back and lead each other around. It is always so fun to see who our couples really are. It was beyond fun as we were allowed a real glimpse into all the love that these two have for each other.
Thank you so much for sharing your home and your love with us. We can not wait to see you two this August!
Jack and Becka are two fun, creative, quirky and downright interesting people! They met when Becka moved in to Jack’s house. Intending only to be a temporary roomie, they eventually fell for one another and well, she never left! His tactic for wooing her was being mean and teasing her – hey, if it can work for kids, right? These two are definitely kids at heart. They are silly and not afraid to show it. They also had a love of doing good in the world. Since they met, they have both cycled across the United States building houses for people in need, although their treks were separate. Just before Jack left on his trip, he asked Becka to marry him. They both lead very busy lives, but when they get some time off together, they love to go to their local coffee shop in Natomas and read the newspaper together. So to kick off their morning engagement session, we did just that!
We could not resist stopping in this bright yellow field for a few shots. It was a little dewy, so Jack gave Becka a boost. Such a gentleman!Our destination after some coffee was the Sacramento Zoo. Jack and Becka have this game they play. They say to each other, “Kiss me like a (insert animal here)”, and then they have to act out how that animal would kiss. It was hilarious walking around the zoo with them.Of course, we had to stop at Crocodile Jack’s Shack!Kiss me like a crocodile! Jack, I think you need bigger teeth!Our last stop of the morning before we said goodbye to the animals was a quick ride on the carrousel. Jack and Becka we had a BLAST hanging out with you at the zoo! We are so stoked about your wedding this June! We’ve been working with Jack and Becka on some very fun and unique custom save the dates and invitations and I cannot WAIT to share them! Stay tuned!