Gorgeous Photo Shoot at Rancho Soquel!

We wanted to share these amazing photos from a photo shoot that took place this summer at Rancho Soquel! These stunning photographs were taken by Adriane White Photography and appear in a fabulous blog post, up now on Greenweddingshoes.com! Click on the link to check it out! http://greenweddingshoes.com/fall-wedding-inspiration-in-the-land-of-milk-and-honey/

Adriane and her wildly talented creative collaborators (listed below) put together a magical environment on Rancho's grounds, highlighting and enhancing its beauty! From the magnificent floral decor to the exquisite tablescape, no detail was overlooked.

Venue: Rancho Soquel,

Photographer: Adriane White Photography, http://www.adrianewhitephotography.com/

Florist: Flowers By Carra, http://flowersbycarra.com/

Design: Wild Abandon Design, http://wildabandon.design/

Dress: BHLDN, http://www.bhldn.com/

What's Trending for 2016 Weddings?!

It's a new year and that means a whole new round of wedding trends! Time to explore some of the great new ideas popping up!

1. Metallic Everywhere! From the invites, to the bridesmaids dresses and even the table linens, metallic is the new, trendy look for 2016 weddings. Metallic colors can go with any time of year and can blend in well we almost any color palette. It adds elegance and whimsy no matter what the theme of the wedding. 

2. Wedding Dress Styles! Tea length gowns are big this season. Illusion necklines, keyhole backs and V-necks are also huge trends for bride's in 2016. The biggest trend for bridal gowns seems to be original/unusual styles. Bride's are showing off their personalities more and more in their bridal gowns. 

3. Hand Written Invites! Handing writing your invitations can add a wonderful personal touch to the day. Custom paper is big this year also and can help represent the couple in a number of ways (think invites shaped as iconic buildings or states). A fun alternative to the normal invites. 

4. No Travel Destination Weddings! Can't afford to have your wedding in your favorite city? Not a problem! This year's trend is to bring your favorite destination location to your current location. You can incorporate elements from special places through decor, music or food. Eiffel Tower centerpieces, Moroccan food or Irish step-dancing are just some of the ways to highlight your favorite places without the travel expenses. 

5. Naked Cake! More delicious and unique than it sounds, naked cakes are a HUGE trend in 2016. Naked cakes are unfrosted or partially-frosted cakes, decorated with flowers or berries. They add a beautiful, rustic look to the wedding and will be a fun talking point for your guests. 

6. Lights, lights and more lights! The more lights the better in 2016. Couple's are adding as much lighting as possible to their special day. From chandeliers to strings and bulbs to hundreds of candles, people are getting creative with how and where to hang their lights. 

7. Bright Colors! Warm color pallets will always be trendy for weddings, but 2016 is all about bright and vibrant color pallets! Think reds and oranges and yellows. You can add a splash of color here and a pop of color there or have the whole wedding covered in bright hues!

8. Garden Flowers/Unconventional Flowers/Non-Floral Centerpieces! Flowers are expensive. A great way to save money in 2016 is to head to the farmers market and pick up whatever is available. You can have fun making the arrangements and save some money. Unconventional flowers, such as succulents, ferns and herbs, are big this season as well. Another great way to save money on flowers? Don't use them. Having a non-floral centerpiece, like candles or pictures, is unique and cheap. 

9. Table Alternatives! Round tables are becoming a thing of the past. Couple's are now leaning towards using square, rectangle and even banquet tables for their wedding's. Farm tables are another great alternative. They are beautiful all on their own, saving you money on linens and elaborate centerpieces.  

10. Food Options/Craft Beer/Dessert Alternatives! Dietary restrictions are on the rise so it is important to offer options for your guests. Gluten free, vegan or lactose free, to name a few. Most caterers are good about working with you to create a menu that will please everyone. Craft beer is booming this year and makes it the perfect time to incorporate it into your big day. Bring the beer garden to your reception! Big in 2016 is alternate dessert options. People are moving away from just having wedding cake (or from having the cake at all). Donut bars, make your own sundae stations and cupcakes are very in trend this year.   

11. Candid Shots & Videography! Posed wedding photos are great, but what's big this wedding season are the candid shots. Mom wiping away her tears, dad seeing his little girl in her dress for the first time, or a stolen moment between the couple. These are the real moments that make a wedding special. Want to relive your big day over and over? Videography is the best way to make that happen. Most videographers will cut together a highlight reel of the day and give you the raw footage.   

What Questions to Ask When Visiting Potential Wedding Venues!

Choosing a wedding venue can be incredibly difficult and frustrating. These 11+ questions will help in narrowing down the perfect place to hold your special day!

1. Is this venue available on the date/month/time of year I want? This should be the first question you ask any venue. If it is not available when you would need/want it there is no point in moving forward with discussions. If you don't have a specific date in mind, ask them what dates are available. This will give you an idea of what time of year to start thinking about having your wedding. 

2. Can I afford this venue? Sticking to your budget is important. Do not put a $12,000 venue on your list if you can only afford $8,000. Besides being a waste of time, it will break your heart if you fall in love with a place that you ultimately cannot afford. 

3. What is the capacity of the venue? Can this venue fit all your guests? Does the price change depending on how many people you invite? This will help you decide if the venue is in your budget still. If you fall in love with a place that cannot fit your size party, are you willing to cut down on the guest list to get your dream venue?

4. How much is the deposit? It's always good to know how much money you will need to spend immediately to secure your date. This goes back to sticking to your budget. Find out when it is due and how you can make the payment. 

5. Is anyone else inquiring about your date? It's always helpful to know if any other couples are looking at the venue for your same date. Venues book up fast and this will give you a good idea about how much time you have to make a decision. You should ask if the venue is willing to update you if anyone becomes interested in your date so you can have first pick.

6. Does the venue have a prefered/required vendors list? Most venues will have a preferred vendors list and some will have a required list for certain vendors. Catering, if not already provided at the venue, is usually the one venues require you use from their list. The venues have spent years finding the best possible vendors to work in their space and with their requirements. In the end, they just want the vendors that will be the best for both of you. 

7. What is the venues cancellation policy? Things happen, weddings get cancelled or moved for all different reasons. Find out how much you will lose, how far in advance you can cancel or if the venue is willing to move your date if needed. 

8. What is the alcohol policy? Beer and wine only? Speciality cocktail? Open bar? Find out the restrictions, who provides the alcohol (the venue, the caterers or BYOB). Ask if you need to provide insurance or if the venue is covered. Also see if you need to hire bartenders or if they will be provided. 

9. What are your rules for decorations? Almost all venues have rules when it comes to how you can decorate their space. How can you hang things (tape, tacks, nails etc)? Can you use candles? Who is required to set up and tear down decor and tables? Finding this out ahead of time will help in knowing if the space is going to be right for the look your hoping for the day of your wedding. 

10. Who is on site the day of the wedding? Does the venue have their own coordinator? Is there an onsite supervisor that can answer questions the day of? Are you allowed to hire a coordinator? You need to know who will be in charge the day of your wedding and who can answer questions along the way.

11. General Questions? Is there ample parking on site? Can you shuttle people in? What is the bathroom situation? Is the venue handicap accessible? What is the rental length and how much time for set up and clean up? When does music have to be shut off? Are there backup plans in case of weather?

Fall Inspired Photo Shoot at Rancho Soquel

A few months ago Rancho Soquel provided the amazing backdrop for a Fall inspired wedding photo shoot photographed by the wonderfully talented Rahel Menig. Last month the shoot was feature on August Willows website! Here is the link to check out their post, http://www.augustwillows.com/styled-shoot/rancho-soquel-bridal/

Thank you to everyone involved in making this shoot amazing! 

PHOTOGRAPHY Rahel Menig Photography | VENUE Rancho Soquel | FLORAL DESIGN FionnaFloral | BRIDAL ATTIRE JuLeeCollection | HAIR & MAKEUP Liz at Skylaarts | PAPER GOODS Heart Paper Soul | RENTALS Alexis Party RentalsViewpoint Events | VINTAGE RENTALS Swagpie Design | CAKE Edith Meyer Cakes | DECOR Save on CraftsH&M Home

Another Stunning evening at Rancho Soquel

The sunsets have been glorious this year and this was another one for Lauren and Casey's September 26th wedding.  They created a welcoming setting by bringing extra furnishings from home for  little sitting vignettes on the lawn. Their friends brought the desserts and Casey's Dad made the favors-small bottles of their vineyard's wine for guests to take home.  The table settings were perfect with the lace runners and succulents that the groom assembled.  

And the guestbook was a beautiful burl on an equally amazing stand that they will display in their home. Amazing details in this really well thought out wedding!