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Montalvo Arts Center // Adaeze & Vigilant // Saratoga Wedding Photographer

Thank you Style Me Pretty for publishing this gorgeous mciro-wedding! It is an honor to see it on their front page!

2020 was a year to discover what really matters in life. Whether you have lost loved one, a job, a way of life, or only have had to adjust to the new normal in a COVID world, no one has been completely unaffected by the changes brought about with this tumultuous year. Social gatherings, and likewise weddings, have been severely impacted by the changes made necessary to help combat this dangerous pandemic. For many in the wedding industry, 2020 had started as one of the busiest wedding seasons ever, but by spring, the reality had shifted to something completely different. While many have canceled or postponed their events to future dates to avoid the immediate effects of social distancing, some have taken this as an opportunity to rediscover the true meaning of this special and sacred tradition.

The Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California became the ideal venue with its lush gardens and Mediterranean architecture. The approach to this wedding was to be fun and elegant by including color and freedom in the floral designs, DIY bar, table top settings, and attire. The brides were prepped in the Villa’s Solarium and then joined together on one of the grand verandas in the shadow of stunning arched windows and columns. The ceremony in the Italianate Garden was intimate whimsical, enabling a true sharing of love with close friends.

Atlas Design Studio did a fabulous job designing and planning this gorgeous micro-wedding. For papery, Heart Paper Soul had provided feminine and elegant details for the invitations and seating chart. Our brides Adaeze and Vigilant were radiant in their gowns provided by Epiphany Boutique with shoes from Bella Belle. Lisa Teller created a natural hair and makeup look to accent their already overpowering beauty. For the ceremony site, Laughing Gal Floral created a stunning, non-traditional deconstructed floral arch installation. After the ceremony, the brides the guests relaxed on beautiful lounge furniture provided by One True Love Vintage Rentals while enjoying the bar area provided by Venus Spirits. The signature drinks were a Paloma Libre and a Gin and Tonic. A truly unique seating chart was adorned with florals and placed for guests to see. Hensley Event Rentals provided a stunning Greystone dining table and all the tabletop settings to create a romantic setting for an intimate experience. A white watercolor confection by Tart + Tin Cakes was made using did-dyed rice paper technique along with rice paper florals and hints of gold leaf.


De Joy Photography specializes in Wedding, Engagement and Bridal Boudoir Photography in the Central Coast and beyond.