The Organic Wedding

The Organic Wedding

Since announcing that The Organic Wedding was happening, I’ve received roughly 8 zillion questions about the deets of our ceremony, like dates, location, theme, dress. Thought I’d do an update since it’s inspiration to get myself in gear as well as a good time to update you guys on our wedding plans!

Since we are both CEO’s and advocates of natural and organic wellness, we want our wedding to reflect our lifestyles as well as the deepest parts of ourselves. Here’s some of the very beginning plans that we have figured out – so far!

+The Location Location Location

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We’re lucky to live in San Diego, one of the most beautiful places on earth. I mean, seriously. 72 degrees, cloudless and sunny each and every day. Baby blue skies. Pink sunsets. The place where T proposed is beyond breathtaking. It’s hard to want to go anywhere too far for the ceremony, so we’re definitely sticking with San Diego.

I want a super small, simple soiree. Less than 50 people. Intimate destination. Definitely on the beach.

I AM using it as an opportunity to force my friends and family from New York to come somewhere warm with me. You WILL leave with a tan and you DON’T have a choice.

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+The Venue

We’re skipping a traditional venue and renting private property right on the beach. No, seriously.

I’m doing this shit MY way, peeps.

A mansion on the beach with an amazing view and private beach access so that I can go to and fro to the beach, sand and water whenever I want to. I don’t want anyone (like a traditional wedding venue) telling me when and where to stop the party. Thank you. 

I have picked out one thing for the ceremony, which is that Raelie (yep. my dog) will be a part of the ceremony. Another wonderful reason to have a private venue. Dog-friendly status!

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+The Food

As long as everyone else is cool with eating amazing organic food, gluten free beer, organic, sulfite free wine, the food plan should go over well. We’re probably getting a chef since we’ll have a personal kitchen in our space, who will be cooking up dairy free, gluten free, grass fed and organic deliciousness!

+The Date

Wouldn’t you like to know? 😉  Haha… OK, Truthfully, we just haven’t nailed one down yet. Without the pressure of a traditional venue reservation, we haven’t had to! 🙂 As we get closer to the date, I will definitely reveal it.

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+The Dress

I want a mix of bohemian and beautiful, elegant and traditional. I think I found the dress. It’s not this one, but this one DEFINITELY inspired me, and I’ve found the perfect balance between old-school and modern, creative and conventional, which I am having made organically and sustainably.

OK. Maybe that was short but truthfully, that’s about ALL I have figured out so far! Feel free to let me know what your favorite part of your wedding was, what you loved about it, what you wish you’d done differently… Traditional or non-traditional, I would love to hear it!!

(Engagement Photo by Carie Cruz Photography)

 

Agency Test: Vintage Love

Agency Test: Vintage Love

So, sometimes my agency gets especially creative.  Sometimes they sit around and think “How can we make our models meet for some serious photos?  Putting Tara in a TOTALLY commercial engagement shoot with another dashing Q model? And send them on a road trip – a few hours away from where they live?  Even though they’ve never met before?  Sure!  Why not?”  (right??…)

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Not only did Q stick me and Andreas in a car alone to travel to Santa Barbara together without meeting one another before, to do the most intimate shoot of our lives, we actually (and surprisingly for me, since I assume everyone thinks I’m a geek) had an amazing time getting there and back!!   Everyone else on set was so absolutely sweet and down to earth.  I rarely get to look “demure and in love”, so this was a treat!  Plus, wearing someone’s actual real live wedding ring (no pressure!) was so amazing!  Like playing dress up!  We got our Free People wardrobe on and were good to go!

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The rest of the day was amazing, went smoothly, the sunset was beautiful, the drive was great, we accidentally visited Neverland Ranch (!!!?) and we all had each other laughing!  Jess Wilcox brought a team with her, another photographer and an assistant – so I’m not sure who’s photos are what, but I truly love them all!

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I saw Andreas recently at a casting (that I booked & he rocked! woo!!) and it was like family.  I was in a great mood right away, laughing my butt off, reminiscing.  It was just lovely.   A huge part of the reason that I love this job, and that I love acting, is that the relationships you form with people on stage, on set or on a shoot is unlike any you get to form with anyone else on a “normal” job or even on a normal day to day basis.

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Frankly, the crap you go through sometimes to get a good photo is a ridiculous bonding experience for everyone.  I love this energy.  I feel it a lot with other models I work with, photographers, wardrobe, MUA’s… It’s really inspired and I feel totally blessed.

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I really, really enjoy working with people who live outside of LA sometimes, as this crew was.  They bring a sweetness to the shoot that you don’t really ever get in Hollywood, and it made it easy to look happy and in love. 🙂

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I really take a lot of pride in this shoot – shot half digital, half with film!  It made my heart happy, and it really got my imagination going, but goodness does it put so much in perspective about where I am in life!

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love engagements and — oh, weddings!  I cry at each and every one.  I cried at PHOTOS of my best friend’s wedding.  Photos.  That’s how much weddings get me.

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I love that people want to celebrate how they feel about one another.  I love that people want to make that unbelievable and sweetest commitment.  And goodness gracious do I love my married friends!  More freaking power to you.  ( My married with children friends get cookies and like 100 years of ridiculous respect.  You guys… I’m so proud.)  I admire it and I think you’re all really, truly blessed.

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I love love.  And I think that any way someone wants to show that to another human being is beautiful!

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If nothing else, I’m here to say: get your LOVE on, people!

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Love is all you need!

Thank you very much.

Love & Light

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