Sunstone Winery + Villa Wedding

Planning/Design - Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events | Photography: Justine Milton Photography | Cinematography: Blue Kite Cinema | Venue: Sunstone Villa & Winery | Rentals & Chandeliers: Town & Country Event Rentals | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Floral: The Flori.Culture | Band/Musicians: JP Hunten Music |  Lighting: Spark Creative Events | Catering: Catering Connection | MUA: TEAM Hair & Make Up | Calligraphy: Perfect Fête Designs | Cigar Roller: El Cañito Cigar Co. | Steinway Grand Piano: Fields Pianos | Transportation: SB Airbus | Restrooms: Bella Luna Luxury Restrooms|Tuxedos: B.Spoke

A few words from the bride Michelle: My husband and I held our wedding at Sunstone Villa on June 16th, and since AJ is a cancer-survivor, that inspired our idea to host a "Wedding For A Cause." We raised money through our wedding with the help of vendors, friends, and family in support of The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), and I'm excited to announce that we raised nearly $80,000!  

AJ was diagnosed very early into our relationship and it played a large role in who we are today. We wanted our big day to be larger than the two of us, so with the help of LRF and many special vendors, our idea blossomed into more than we could have ever imagined. Based on feedback we've heard from vendors, we are one of the first to structure a charitable wedding like this and raise money beyond just asking for donations in lieu of gifts (which we did as well). In addition, each and every vendor that participated in our wedding made a sizable donation to our cause! 

Our efforts aren't quite finished just yet ... AJ's parents are hosting a second reception for us in their hometown on September 9th, and we will be continuing to raise funds through that event and hope to raise over $100,000 ultimately!

Please see below for more details on our story including some photos and video of the wedding! We hosted a very unique event at Sunstone Villa, with special design features throughout each part of the night and I think the photos and video would create a wonderful story in addition to our charitable efforts! 

Our Story
Read below for more about the incredible way we met and how the idea for a charitable wedding blossomed.  On our wedding website you can also see a list of all of the donating vendors ...
http://www.manasforacause.com/couple

We held the ceremony under an incredible oversized chuppah in the vineyard ... we had a unique cocktail hour in front of the villa featuring a 9 foot concert grand Steinway piano (as my family owns a the Steinway dealership here in Orange County) ... reception has held on the back lawn with our 12-piece band as the backdrop, a round white dance floor in the middle, and special feasting table design tying it all together. We featured a 4-course wine and food paired dinner under chandeliers with lots of special attention to detail! Also of special note, my mother hand-made both of my wedding dresses for the evening!

Donation Page
Here is a link to our donation platform through LRF.
http://support.lymphoma.org/goto/manasmatrimony

Wedding Video: https://vimeo.com/233433705

Kananaskis Intimate Wedding

A few words from the groom, Coe: 

Sarah and my story centers around adventure. We first met in Ottawa, Ontario and followed each other some 2,000+ miles to Edmonton, Alberta after our friendship flourished into love. We spent the next few years exploring all western Canada has to offer - roadtripping, camping and hiking. We got engaged at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia on a surprise weekend getaway. When we started thinking about planning our wedding, it was important that our big day reflect our adventurous spirits.

Since our families and friends span many provinces and continents, we first contemplated a big wedding, then thought about eloping but finally decided that a small, intimate wedding with just our immediate family (25 people) was what we truly desired. Our families hadn’t met before the wedding and we thought what better way to get to know one another than a week and a half of camping in the Canadian Rockies.

Once we established the kind of wedding we wanted, we started focusing on the details. We wanted an outdoorsy wedding in one of our favourite spots - Spray Lakes Provincial Park, We wanted to keep things fairly simple when it came to decor. We wanted to do as much of the planning and detail work ourselves. Finally, we knew having good photo documentation of the day was very important to us. We turned our attention to finding the perfect person to capture our day. We found Justine Milton Photography on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her light, airy style. We booked her immediately.

Next came Sarah’s dress. Sarah knew she wanted her mom to design and contribute to part of her dress, as she is an experienced seamstress. After a bit of searching, Sarah found a lace cocktail dress at David’s Bridal, which paired beautifully with the handmade skirt that her mom had created. With a few final details, like a belt from BHLDN and a flower crown from Boho Halo Company, Sarah’s outfit was perfect.

The rest of our planning fell into place from there. Because we were having such a small event, we knew we didn’t want all the bells and whistles that can accompany a larger wedding. A lot of our decorations and details were handmade by ourselves (with lots of help from friends and family) or purchased locally. We actually found most of these items by chance, which fit with our plans for a simple and carefree wedding.

Our wedding day was everything that we had imagined and more. An easy-going ceremony, an intimate setting and stunning views. After the wedding we had a small reception on the balcony at Iron Goat overlooking the Three Sister mountain range. The entire day was documented so wonderfully by Justine Milton Photography, capturing the essence of everything we wanted that day to represent - family, simplicity and adventure.

Baby Remmington

A few words from Lauren about their journey:

When we found out we were expecting for the second time, our hearts filled with all sorts of emotions - we were happy, excited, scared and nervous... but most of all, we were grateful. Our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and left me thinking that there was something wrong with my body, that it would be hard for me to have kids one day. The tragic ending made me fearful for those first few months of this pregnancy - every day I wondered if it would come to a sudden end the way it did last time. After the first trimester ended and the chance of miscarriage decreased significantly, the fear of losing the baby never fully went away - I didn't truly believe it was real until our eyes met after 16 long hours of labour. And although I was in disbelief at my growing body, I celebrated every wiggle, hiccup and beat of his little heart until the day he decided to come earth-side. I loved being pregnant - the fact that I could be a comfortable little house for my babe brought me so much joy, even when I went two weeks overdue in the insanely hot heat of July.

July 25, the day Remington James came into the world was pure magic. Labour, delivery, and everything that happened that day was more than I could have ever imagined. It was beautiful and intense, and the most emotionally raw experience I've ever had. It's something that you can't explain to women who have not yet had a baby - something that is beyond comprehension. The minute your eyes meet the tiny human you've been sharing your body with for the past 9 months, your body fills with an overwhelming love - a love like you've never felt before. In that moment you know without a doubt that for the rest of his life, you will protect him, love him, and do everything you can to be the best mother you possibly can, for him. In that moment you feel as though you've known this tiny face your whole life - he's been a part of you, you understand him... and it's always been him. All of the things that you've done up until this day were merely leading you here, to him. 

During my pregnancy, and even now during the first weeks of Remington's life, I haven't thought much about the proper, or textbook way to parent. I haven't read as many books as I would have liked, and haven't researched the ways to get your baby to sleep at night, or when and how to introduce foods. I've decided that for me taking everything as it comes and doing what feels right is the best way to approach motherhood. I like that when my baby gives me his hungry cries, I feed him, when he wants to be held, I hold him, and when he seems tired I let him sleep. I like not having to worry about the textbook way of doing things, and love the idea of growing and learning with him. I love that he is changing my life as much as I am helping shape his, and we're doing it organically... by just listening to each other.

Throughout this pregnancy, I learned that women are absolutely incredible - we not only make humans, we birth them and then feed them with our bodies alone - we teach them, and help shape them into respectful people with morals and values. I also learned that miscarriage is not something that we should feel ashamed of - we need to get rid of the stigma attached to it. Women need to feel as though they can talk about it - tell people when they find out they're pregnant and share in that joy the same way they should be able to tell people of a loss and have the support of friends and family through that time. The 'don't tell people for three months' rule needs to be forgotten because making a human is hard, and stressful at times, but also the most beautiful thing ever, and feeling supported through all of that is so important. We will all get our rainbow babies one day, and when that day comes, it is the most monumental day of your life. 

Motherhood is a complete mental shift - it is a selflessness that you never thought possible, a love bigger than you've ever imagined, a connection you'll have for the rest of your life. It is looking into the eyes of the tiny human you brought to the world and seeing yourself, but also seeing him - seeing a unique person with his own personality and purpose, a person who chose to be on his life journey with you.