Posted by: loveandsplendor | October 20, 2010

andrew & leslie – 10.9.10

hello again, everyone! i hope you’re having a splendid week. 🙂 first things first: if you haven’t seen richard & shue-ping’s amazing wedding video, scroll down and watch it. then wipe away the tears of joy and come back to this post. it’s a perfect lead in to another beautiful wedding!!

i am so excited to share photos from a recent wedding with you today, courtesy of the lovely & talented jennifer rau.  andrew & leslie were one of my east coast couples and we spent more time together via Skype than in person.  but, we formed a wonderful bond from the very start because they were so willing to entrust me with their wedding vision.  the venue (as you well know, one of my “sweet spots” here in southern California), saddlerock ranch, set the tone for a rustic yet elegant wedding. they imagined a warm and inviting event evoking the colors of autumn: rich aubergine, persimmon, burnt orange and warm chocolate brown.  natural flax linens and chocolate hemstitch napkins gave the tabletops a homespun feel, but when juxtaposed with fine glassware and dramatic gold scroll china, they created a classic and refined look.  florals were abundant and absolutely luscious, thanks to the artistry and creativity of kristin from the treasured petal.  i could not get over the vibrant colors and textures she brought together that day!!  throw in a PHENOMENAL band, impeccable catering, carefully-selected rentals and a fabulous cake from Sweet and Saucy and you have the recipe for wedding perfection.

thank you again to jennifer for sharing this preview of loveliness with us!  look forward to more detail shots down the road.  🙂

the darling bride!  her eyes are gorgeous…

this bouquet is what my dreams are made of this time of year…  those purple anenomes leave me breathless!!

loooved this escort card display!  i got the perfect persimmon-colored leather chair, farm table, scrabble tiles + boxes/trays from {found} vintage rentals.  i brought in the pomegranates, split peas and escort card “leaves” (handwritten by me).  kristin’s accent florals were the perfect final touch.

love the light in this one

the scrumptious dessert display by the kitchen + another gorgeous cake by Melody & Co. at Sweet and Saucy.  Loooved the sugar threads on the bottom tier and the delicate clover-like trim on the tops of each tier.  on the left is another one of my chalkboard menus!  🙂


andrew & leslie: thank you for inviting me into your lives and allowing me to help you bring your wedding dreams to life!  you two are such gentle, down-to-earth, kind people and it was a blessing getting to know you both.  looking forward to continuing to keep in touch~  now how are we going to plan a cross-country german board game night??  xoxo, angel

{vendor round-up}



  1. Congratulations, Andrew and Leslie! I’m so happy that the wedding turned out so beautifully — as expected of an Angel Swanson affair!

    • amanda!! so glad to see you drop by the blog! 🙂 miss you much~ say hi to your sweetie for me!! xoxo

  2. such a beautiful wedding~ those florals are so AMAZING! and i am seriously drooling over your chalkboard menu! lol. don’t be surprised if you receive an email from me soon begging you to use your chalkboard skills for me in dec too! 😉

    • you are so sweet!! i’d love to do a chalkboard for you! 😉 xox

  3. Angel, we cannot say enough great things about you — from the brilliant escort card table design and menu chalkboard (both from scratch!) to your limitless patience helping us plan from the east coast. You listened so carefully to our ideas and turned our vision into the perfect day. It was both visually stunning and flawlessly smooth. We were so lucky to find you. Much love, Leslie and Andrew

    • a&l — thank you soooo much for your sweet words!! adore you two & am so happy that you loved everything as much as i did! lol it’s easy to plan for two such wonderful people; thank you for validating that i have the best clients in the world!!!! xo

  4. the pictures turned out breathtaking! and i agree about the band!! literally one of the best bands EVER!!

    • remember how many times i turned around that night going, “WAIT — this isn’t the break CD?????!” lol love you! xo

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedding. Thanks for including us! This pic under the tree is AMAZING!

    • thanks doll!! sooo glad we could have some {found} fabulousness for this wedding! as you can see, it really set the stage for our escort card display!! see you girls real soon ❤ xo

  6. You are amazing! I loved everything about this wedding from uber sweet andrew and leslie, to the details. So glad i could capture it for you.

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