Shannon and Matthew’s Breathtaking California Wedding from Melissa Vossler Photography

It’s time to talk about this oh-so-gorgeous nuptial, lovelies. A gorgeous nuptial with two seriously stunning sweethearts, a classic getaway car and a whole lot of California charm. That ‘s a recipe for a perfect wedding, if you ask me. The romantic soft color palette, the timelessly tasteful flower arrangements, and the impeccable bridal style from Shannon and Matthew, every single image of this California soiree from Melissa Vossler Photography just screams fabulous! See it all here.

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More fabulous detail from the bride Shannon Struiksma:

Matthew and I got married on seamlessly perfect day in the beautiful city of Burbank, Ca. The moment we both began planning for this special day we knew what elements we wanted to include. We felt that our day needed to be classy, yet modern, meaningful to not only each other but our whole family, and of course needed gold, glitter and rustic charm. Immediately we knew that our day needed to be documented by the ever-so-wonderful Melissa Vossler. Matt and I began looking into our “ideal” venues ensuring to include pieces of our personality to guide our search.  I should also include the key element of our decision making with the venue being the capacity they could hold. Between his wonderfully large Dutch family and my outrageously rambunctious Italian family we needed a beautiful venue that could accommodate our loved ones. We both instantly fell in love with Calamigos, and knew that this was the place we would say I DO (it helped that it was in my home town too). Since we chose such a beautiful venue with Ivy on the ceilings, outside fans, twinkle lights in the landscape, vintage chandeliers in the ballroom and stunning scenery we knew our job would be to accent these stunning features. We chose to keep our decorations simple and stunning from vintage frames (I found at an Estate sale), embossed invitations, glass gold chargers, vintage charms on our candelabra’s, mirrors with beautiful calligraphy and much more, we felt this added the perfect touch to the event. Being that I come from a very creative and amazingly talented mother who does events, she was key in helping to plan, organize and set the perfect wedding in motion. Together with a graphic artist Matt and I created our wedding logo making a crest that represented us and our future lives together as Struiksma’s. This logo went on our invitations (gold foiled as well as embossed), our menu’s and our programs. This one piece of our wedding made our wedding come together so perfectly. Our guest book was a scrapbook I made using different yet themed colored envelopes with cards for our guests to write on and seal for us to real later on. Our entrance was complete with a vintage gold frame chalkboard welcome sign with our crest on it, twinkle lights from a weeping willow and a gold glitter arrow on the ground. Our exit was grand with our tunnel of friends and family underneath ivy that was covering the entire outside patio, gorgeous outdoor chandeliers, twinkle lights and sparklers (of course). Although I must add that our get away would not have been complete without Matt’s grandpa whisking us away in his cream colored classic 1932 Chevy convertible. Our night was documented in large part to our friends and family snapping spontaneous photographs of us and putting them on social media with our hashtag: #Herecomethestruiks.
We both could not have asked to work with better vendors than the ones we had. They were all just, well, the best. Melissa Vossler (photographer) who captured every perfect moment we had and is so incredibly talented. Our wedding coordinator Janis Goraieb (my mom) and Lisa Bolar who made sure that every detail was perfectly in place before that day. My mom also hand made every gold glitter table cloth, every candelabra, the tulle backdrop for our head table, the vintage framed seating chart, flower arrangements, family tree display, and just everything… she is INCREDIBLE. I will always have this day to look back on as not only the best most beautiful and most perfect day of my life, but one in which our families got together and bent over backwards to make sure Matt and I had a day that was better than our wildest dreams. This day will be one in which we cherish forever.
Featured photographer: Melissa Vossler Photography Wedding Coordinator/Florist/Design: Janis Goraieb | Venue: Calamigos Equestrian | Brides Dress: Winnie Couture | Bridesmaid Dress: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Porto’s Bakery | Grooms Attire: Ike Behar New York
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