Taylor + Collin | Kestrel Park | Santa Ynez, CA | Santa Barbara Wedding Planner

July 7th, 2018

From Whitney… 
This wedding is a very special wedding to me because I got to work with Taylor and her family for nearly two years planning and designing this day at Kestrel Park in Santa Ynez, and along the way they became very dear friends of mine!  Taylor and Collin’s wedding at Kestrel Park was a show stopper not only because of all of the thought and personal touches that went into the design and the one-of-a-kind European setting at Kestrel Park amongst the Santa Ynez Valley, but their strong love for each other and the JOY their families had for their union was felt throughout the entire day.

We are honored that this wedding was just recently featured on California Wedding Standard!

Here is their beautiful wedding Film by Roman Howell Films to Kick things off! And don’t miss words below from the bride, Taylor, including sharing their wonderful love story since Junior High!

 
 


Now from the bride Taylor on their love story, inspiration, and favorite details and memories of the day!

Our love story started in junior high (2006), when we were introduced by a mutual friend. My friend, and her boyfriend at the time, brought me along with them to Collin's house. Collin thought it was a great idea to play a game of 2-on-2 soccer in his backyard with two club soccer players. Collin and I are very competitive, so of course neither of us wanted to lose. Collin said he was first impressed by my athleticism and competitive nature, and I enjoyed his attempts at flirting. Little did we know that our love story would begin after an innocent game of soccer. The rest of that summer we hung out after school almost every day. We even had our first kiss while playing hide-and-seek. Collin said he wanted to "hide" with me and he snuck a kiss while the other team was looking for us. He does admit that the kiss wasn't very good (I had never kissed a boy before). When Collin went to high school the next year, he thought it wasn't cool to be dating a junior high schooler, especially after his Geometry teacher and my family's friend announced to the whole class that he was "seeing" a junior high school girl. He was so embarrassed in front of cute, upperclass girls so we didn't see each other again until after I arrived at St. Joseph High School the next year. It wasn't until my junior year and Collin's senior year (2010) that we found our way back into each other's lives. I remember Collin asked me to be his girlfriend in my friend's jacuzzi one night. He was so nervous, but finally mustered up enough courage to ask me. Then it came time for Collin to go off to college at Pepperdine University in Malibu, while I finished up my senior year of high school. We made our "long-distance" relationship work for about 5 months, until we decided it was time go our separate ways so we could both have the college experience. The following year, I ended up going to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, only 30 minutes away from Pepperdine University. We would hang out during the summer, but for the most part, we thought it was best to enjoy college life separately. I was so busy playing for the D3 Women's Soccer Team, and Collin started a fraternity with a group of friends. We dated other people, but those relationships were always missing something. I'll never forget how often I thought about Collin when I was studying abroad in Australia. There's something about being on the other side of the world that makes you appreciate what you have back home. And it's almost as if he sensed I was missing him, because I received a Facebook message from him one morning asking how my time in Australia was. After almost 3 years apart, we decided we didn't want to spend another minute without each other, and have been together since 2013. We've been in each other's lives for almost 10 years. 

Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 09.jpg
Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 10.jpg

 OVERALL INSPRIATION

Collin and I wanted to make our day all about our long-standing romance, so we decided the theme of our wedding would be romantic elegance. 

Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 011.jpg
Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 12.jpg

 FAVORITE DETAILS

Collin and I were really excited to include some family heirlooms for our day, including my grandfather's (John "Jay" Will) 1958 Mercedes and my grandparent's (John "Jay" and Anne Will) loving cup. My grandma and grandpa received the loving cup on their wedding day as a gift. Now, every couple that gets married on my dad's side of the family, starting with my grandparents, has included the loving cup in their day. My grandma has engraved each couple's names on the side of the cup. The couple is supposed to drink champagne from it at the same time (it has a cup on each end) to celebrate and commemorate their union. My jewelry was also very important to me. For my 21st birthday, Collin's dad (Patrick Cusack) gave me Collin's mom's (Janice Cusack) tennis bracelet. She passed away in 2011, and I wanted nothing more than to have a piece of her with me on our wedding day. Also, for my bridal shower, my mom (Karen Will) gave me her grandmother's and my great grandmother's wedding ring and band. I never got to meet her but my mom tells me what an extraordinary woman she was. 

FAVORITE MEMORIES

Collin and my vows were easily one of our favorite parts of the day. There is nothing more special than looking into your partner's eyes on your wedding day and telling them how much they mean to you. Another important moment that comes to mind was Collin reading his mom's letter that she wrote him a couple weeks before she passed away. We wanted Collin to hear his mom's words and feel her presence on our day. She wrote him a beautiful letter about marriage, her hopes and dreams for him, and her wish for him to keep the Lord close to him always. Another moment that comes to mind is my cousin (Abigail Maguire) reading a bible verse that was important to Collin's mom. The night she died, Collin had a dream about a bible verse. He woke up the next morning and decided to look it up in his mom's bible. When he turned to the page, he noticed that his mom had highlighted that particular verse (Colossians 1:9-12) and wrote next to it "pray for our kids". She has never stopped praying for us, and she always hoped that we would remain close to the Lord. Lastly, my dad read me, my mom, and my sister a letter about a sixpence coin in your shoe for your wedding day. The letter was about the significance and the traditions behind it. My dad found a penny from 1993, the year I was born, and put it in my shoe right before I walked down the aisle to bring me and our marriage good luck. It was a sentimental moment for all of us.

 ABOUT THEIR VENDOR TEAM!

First of all, Whitney Werts, owner and lead designer of Whitney Werts & Company, was amazing. Whitney is so organized and on-top-of everything that she made the process easy for my mom, Collin, and I. I was also impressed with her diligence in ensuring our vision was carried out from start to finish. She took so much time talking to us about all the details we envisioned for our day, and took great care in helping us choose vendors that would do the same. Secondly, Emma Hopp, owner of Emma Hopp Photography, was one of our favorite vendors. We chose Emma as our photographer because she captures the raw, emotional moments that you never want to forget, and let's you have fun and enjoy your wedding day without all of the posing. Our wedding photos turned out so beautiful! Thirdly, Scott and Claudia Matthews, the owners of Kestrel Park. Scott and Claudia are two of the nicest people to work with. Not only is their property absolutely gorgeous and so well-kept, they were willing to go the extra mile to help make our day so special. 

Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 27.jpg
Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 28.jpg

Fourthly, Field to Table Catering and Events, owned and operated by Tracy Labastida. Not only did Tracy and his team customize our menu to reflect our vision and taste, but they also provided an amazing food tasting experience prior to our wedding. Collin and I couldn't be happier about how our food turned out. Tracy and his team cooked all of our favorite things to perfection. Our guests can't stop raving about how good it was. Last but not least, Roman Howell, owner of Roman Howell Films. Roman does impeccable work. He wants to know everything from beginning to end, to ensure that he captures your whole love story. You can tell that he truly loves what he does and wants his clients to feel the magic of their day. Our wedding film is one-of-a-kind, and we are so grateful we chose him to capture our day. 

HER ADVICE

Hire a wedding planner! Our day would not have gone as smoothly as it did without Whitney and her team. Do your research! Spend a lot of time looking at different vendors and choose the ones you know will see your vision through. Also, don't stress! Your wedding day will go by in a flash so make sure to take in all of those special moments. There will be mishaps and mistakes made, but don't let those things ruin your day. 

Santa Barbara Wedding Planner Kestrel Park _ 31.jpg

XO,
Whitney

Our Amazing Vendors!!

Planning: Whitney Werts & Company
Photography: Emma Hopp Photography
Floral: Anna Le Pley Taylor
Venue: Kestrel Park
Food: Field to Table Events
Videography: Roma Howell Films
Dress: Jinza Bridal
Tux: The Black Tux
Decor: The Tent Merchant and Theoni Collection
Desserts: Crush Cakes
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals
Calligraphy: Sophia Loves Letters
Invitations: Honey Paper
Transportation: Jump on the School Bus
Hair and Makeup: @thequeensbees
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Laura + Owen | Sumptuous Wedding at a Private California Home in Tiburon, CA | Bay Area Wedding Planner

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to plan a wedding at this incredible Private home in Tiburon, CA. I don’t think the views could get any more stunning!! This wedding was recently featured on Once Wed’s blog. All images captured by the talented Yuliya Jul Photography !

When Laura and Owen started planning their wedding day, they knew the overall vibe that they wanted was a very unique, loving, warm, and intimate celebration. They wanted it to have a laid-back atmosphere, yet still be magical and romantic. Last, but definitely not least, a big dance party was a must!

Design wise, they wanted their reception to be romantic and airy – to pair with the incredible rolling landscape views of the bay from the Tiburon estate that was their venue. They brought in linen draped cabanas, wood farm tables, and gold chiavaris chairs. Tablescapes incorporated lots of texture and layers, with lush, romantic blush and white florals. They had ivory lace table runners and blush napkins to bring a little color to each place setting. All were accented by an eclectic mix of modern and vintage tea lights, crystal candlesticks, and mirrored bases.

The setting at the private home was truly one-of-a-kind. Guests enjoyed their time exploring the various nooks of the property, each with equally gorgeous views. The reception was a family-style, catered meal under the candlelight and twinkle lights of the cabanas. Afterwards, everyone danced the night away t. It was a magical night!

San Francisco wedding designer _ 21

Photography Yuliya Jul Photography

Event Planning Whitney Werts & Company 

Floral Design Scarlett and Grace

Videography Studio Arcady

Dress Erin Cole from Jin Wang Bridal

Hair Bethany at Posh Salon 

Makeup Megan Lombardi

Venue Private Property in Tiburon, CA

Catering Oz Catering

Dessert Krumbs Cakes

Rentals Stuart Event Rentals & Bright Event Rentals

Linens La Tavola Fine Linens

DJ Crum Entertainmen


Laura + Raj | Silverado Resort & Spa Wedding | The Edges Wed Photography | Napa Wedding Planner

June 30th, 2018

 
Napa Wedding Planner _ 1.jpg
Napa Wedding Planner _ 10.jpg
 

We have been waiting to share Laura + Raj’s wedding day at Silverado Resort & Spa, in Napa, California and as you scroll down I am sure it will be pretty obvious why : ) . The Edges Wed Photography did an incredible job documenting this gorgeous day, and we could not be more thrilled to have this wedding featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty today!

As some of you may know, WW&Co was started in Sonoma, CA so whenever we get an excuse to design a wedding back in CA Wine Country it is a total treat! It was the last Saturday in June and the weather couldn’t have been more summerlike. The temperature hit a high of around 85 degrees that afternoon, but we were prepared with guest parasols and fans that just added to the overall classic, elegant design of Laura + Raj’s big day.

Laura had a refined eye for design and cohesiveness could be noticed from the couple’s logo to her bridal style and beautiful classic gown.

Speaking of design… we had the privilege working with Louloudi Design who created the most amazing floral that complemented the Antibes Denim linen from La Tavola Linen. The lush white floral paired with the eclectic collection of blue and white ginger gars was such a beautiful touch. The ballroom was transformed into a space filled with elegance, delightful details, and love.

As guests heard from the maid of honor and best man, Laura + Raj’s love story is one that everyone could laugh, cry and feel so happy about.

Napa Wedding Planner _ 21.jpg

And let’s just this couple came to party. We were in LOVE with Laura’s outfit change to this oh so wonderful sparkly number. 

And let’s not forget the video by NST Pictures of their day!! There is always something so special about live film.

Wishing Laura + Raj all the best as they come up on one year of marriage and welcoming a new baby girl into their lives!

XO

Meghan

 
 
Chateau Romance in Oregon Wine Country | Sweetlife Photography | Portland Wedding
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_1

We are so honored to have this beautiful shoot featured on Trendy Bride Magazine. This project was such a highlight for us last year and a major collaborative effort with some amazing vendors we are lucky to call friends! We highlight the story behind our inspiration and break down all of the details below.

Enjoy!!

xoxo

WW&Co Team

The inspiration behind this shoot started at a little coffee shop meeting with Sweetlife Photography and Whitney Werts & Company exploring linen swatches and brainstorming color palettes! We chose to design this project around the gorgeous setting of The Black Walnut Inn, which is an enchanting European Château nestled in Oregon Wine Country. The color palette we developed of pastel shades of aqua, pink, yellow and green was inspired by the blue shutters of the striking entrance of the Inn.  After diving through swatch books we landed on a beautifully textured blush damask print and accented by adobe colored napkins for an unexpected pop to tie in the brick rooftop. And just like that… voila!... our initial concept was born!

Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_2
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_4
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_3
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_5

The Black Walnut Inn has a stunning fountain centered in the front entrance, which we knew we wanted to have as a design focal point. We chose to design our ceremony around the fountain with an install of lush blooms by Madison of Hart Floral surrounding the base and the classic cane back Louis chairs from The Party Place. The combination of the flowers, and the flowing water behind the bride and groom really was quite magical! To tie the fountain in a step further we had it designed into the emblem that was incorporated in the paper suite by Seeds of Clay. One of our favorite details!

Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_6
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_8
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_7
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_9

 The tablescape was amazing! The beautifully textured linens from La Tavola paired with the delicate overflowing vessel of pastel floral from Hart Floral layered with the crisp white plates and modern sleek flatware from The Party Place really tied everything together. Any guest at this table will feel like they were dining in the French Countryside!

Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_10
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_11
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_13
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_12
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_14

Further embracing the French Château setting, we decided to do something a little different for a dessert display and White Pepper Catering styled a bountiful crepe station for us. All of the fruits and toppings are bound to get the best of any sweets lover! The cake, which accompanied the dessert station, was designed by Dream Cakes to coordinate with the color of the shutters of the Inn with impeccable floral styling by Madison of Hart Floral.

Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_15
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_17
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_16
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_18

We also have to give a little mention to the adorable real couple who modeled for us.  They are the sweetest, and not to mention… gorgeous! Christina’s hair and makeup was designed by the ever talented Kirstie Wight who gave her a look of natural effortless beauty! Christina wore a gown from Gossamer with shoes from Bella Belle and the groom wore a charcoal grey suit from The Black Tux and a fun velvet tie from Tom Ford.

Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_19
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_21
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_20
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_22
Oregon_Wine_Country_Wedding_Black_Walnut_Inn_23

Photography + Creative Direction: Sweetlife Photography
Planning & Design: Whitney Werts & Company
Venue: Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard
Florals: HART Floral Design
Makeup & Hair: Kirstie Wight Makeup
Dress: Shop Gossamer
Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Ring: Trumpet and Horne
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals
Rentals: The Party Place
Invitations & Calligraphy: Seeds of Clay
Groom’s Suit: The Black Tux
Catering, Cocktails & Crepe Station: White Pepper
Cake: Dream Cakes
Models: real couple Christina Brucker @creakyglasses & William Brucker @thesagewilliam⠀
Film Processing: The Find Lab

Three Important Ways a Wedding Planner Can Help
Benefit of Wedding Planner1.jpg

Congratulations on your engagement! After sharing the news with your friends and family, you have probably begun the planning process. There are lots and lots of resources out there; lists of things you need to get done, advice on wedding etiquette, and forums full of people who have done this before. The wealth of information can be helpful, but it can also be overwhelming. That is where we can help! While wonderful resources like The Knot and WeddingWire can work as great guidelines, there are a few places where they fall short.

  • Information Tailored to You

    Your story is unique and special, and your wedding will be as well. Online resources aren’t able to tailor information specifically for you and your partner, so can often leave you feeling more confused than assured.

  • Create a Cohesive Design

    In this day of Pinterest, it is really easy to get swept up in the many amazing decor ideas and end up with many different aesthetics that don’t all go together. A coordinator is able to help you establish one overall design and source decor that will come together perfectly.

  • Personalized Vendors for Your Needs and Personality

    There are so many amazing vendors out there, that it is hard to choose! A coordinator can have a conversation with you about what you want, and suggest a short list to choose from, so you’re not spending hours reading through reviews. For many vendors, it is important for you to have that personal connection, so having these tailored lists to choose from can be a huge time saver and can help you find the perfect vendor in each category.

We wish you all the best in planning your wedding and celebrating your love story with those closest to you.

If you would like help planning your wedding, please reach out, we would love to meet you!


XO,
Whitney Werts & Company