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Love Out Loud

That old saying about the best things happening when you least expect them to sums up everything from the courtship to the wedding of Newport Beach couple Beach Riot designer Nicole Hanriot and Josh Tinkess. 

The happy couple only had eyes for each other. 

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Nicole frolicked with her self-described “bridesbabes” on the venue’s lush grounds.

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Dinner was served family-style on rustic communal tables outfitted with wildflowers and delicate greenery 

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Luv AJ designer Amanda Thomas created the rings, which are part of her fine jewelry line.

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The bride’s custom “Mrs. Tinkess” leather moto

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The delicate invitation suite was designed with love by a family friend. 

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The pair, who wed last August at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, met in 2010 at the Laguna Christmas walk. But even amid the holiday lights and warm spirits, Nicole wasn’t immediately wooed by Josh. It took a second encounter, a strategically planned sushi date in Laguna Beach and a very persistent Josh, who went so far as leave a love note and flowers on Nicole’s car, that eventually made her realize he was her one and only.

The proposal took place just before New Year’s Eve in Napa. Josh—a Northern California native—knew exactly how to make Nicole’s proposal fantasy a reality. He took advantage of the time and the place, popping the question in the oak grove at Silverado Resort & Spa with a custom-designed ring by Luv AJ designer Amanda Thomas, a friend of Nicole’s.

Since the couple have a love of California wine country, it was fitting to plan a wedding there. Taking it a sign from above, the decision to say “I do” at Long Meadow Ranch perfectly fell into place as a rainbow loomed over the venue during their visit. Aesthetically, Nicole knew exactly what she wanted for the big day, but kept her mind open to unexpected possibilities. Her breathtaking open-back lace gown by Berta Bridal, whimsical wildflower creations, ethereal invites, and glittering “Babe” signs for the bride and groom chairs were all results of this flexible attitude.

The couple channeled their love for music festivals, the South and California cool by creating a bohemian-luxe vibe with delicate florals and a soft neutral palette. Nicole’s bridesmaids, or babes, as she affectionately referred to them, wore frocks bearing a lush floral print by designer Liz Casella. The theme carried on throughout, from her flower crown and his classic navy suit to the rows of rustic seating decorated with baby’s breath.

Serving the winery’s rosé in lieu of Champagne and extending the reception into a beautiful barn space—reminiscent of a festival tent—was only part of what the 130 guests loved about this special moment in time. As they celebrated through the night, friends and family cozied up around bonfire pits and roasted s’mores while Nicole captivated the crowd in a custom leather jacket reading “Mrs. Tinkess” across the back.

Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” marked the couple’s first dance, taking the two back to a memorable Coachella weekend. “Things don’t always go the way you expect, but you just go with it and it turns out perfectly,” said Nicole.

THE LIST
Wedding Planner
Racquel Bickford
Bride’s Gown Berta Bridal
Bride’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Earrings Elizabeth & James
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Beauty Jam
Groom’s Tuxedo Canali
Rings Amanda Thomas
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Designed by the bride
Groomsmen’s Tuxedos Topshop
Venue & Catering The Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Cake Batter Up Cakery
Florals, Decor & Paper Four Leaf Clover Studio, 949.280.0757
Favors Pepper Jelly made by the bride’s mother