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Romantic California Estate Cultural Wedding

Marrying California sunshine and cultural significance, Dream A Little Dream Events planned not one, but two elaborate celebrations overflowing with loveliness. It’s a marriage graced with gorgeous colors and plenty of pink peonies. A formal garden party weaved with gorgeous gold touches, lovely lit lanterns, and even a few elephants. Josh Gruetzmacher captured it all in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… I had always imagined getting married in a Sikh Temple while Erik had imagined his wife walking towards him in a white dress. We decided to have both. We first held a small Lutheran ceremony in at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, followed by a large Sikh wedding the following day. The Sikh wedding was held at the Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose, followed a few hours later by a reception at Caballo Estate in Los Altos Hills.

The Lutheran wedding style was garden-themed. The reception was held in the groom’s parents’ beautiful backyard – a location that did not need much additional décor. The Sikh wedding began a week earlier with a Sangeet near the bride’s parents’ home. The theme was traditional Indian with lots of lanterns, pillows, and traditional decorations the bride’s family had picked up while traveling through India.

The wedding and reception was a week later. The San Jose Gurdwara is located in a beautiful setting in the Evergreen Hills of San Jose. The event began with a breakfast, followed by a “milni” in which family members from both sides present each other with garlands. The event is an important tradition that honors certain family members and signifies that the wedding is a union of both families. The wedding ceremony (Anand Karaj) came next and is ended by family members and friends coming forward to individual give well wishes to the couple. Lunch is next!

The reception came a few hours later in the day. Simrin had always wanted an outdoor wedding reception and Caballo Estate was a perfect (and unique!) setting. The style was a formal garden party with certain gold and Indian accents, like an Indian style tent and lots of gold elephants. The florist was amazing and even decorated an elephant in flowers! The reception was exactly what the couple wanted – a fun party where all their loved ones were able to get together and dance into the night.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Wedding Planner: Dream A Little Dream Events | Floral Design: Soulflower Design | Invitations: Twin Ravens Press | Reception Venue: Caballo Estate | Caterer: Sakoon Restaurant | DJ: RanCan | Transportation: Corinthian | Beverage Catering: Best Beverage Catering | Cake Baker: Cake Coquette | Ceremony Musician: The Stan Erchart Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: A Party Place | Tent Rental: Raj Tents | Valet: Penninsula Parking

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Romantic Bridal Hair Inspiration + Tutorial

Here at SMP, we’re never one to turn down a good dose of beauty tricks. So, when this pretty tutorial landed in our laps, we were eager take notes and bask in the beauty. It’s a dose of gorgeous locks that are sure to have you testing out a few fabulous styles. Scan the slideshow for terrific tips by Aliza Rae Photography and Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty below!

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From Aliza Rae PhotographyThis bridal hair and makeup inspiration shoot was a collaborative effort with Wide Eyed Beauty, AnnKat Jewelry Designs, and MinkMaids. Gina and Maggie are the masterminds of beauty behind Wide Eyed Beauty, and I was so thrilled to be able to capture the romantic wedding day looks that they created. AnnKat made the most stunning bridal jewelry collection that speaks to the most bohemian and even traditional of brides. Of course, MinkMaids lovely dresses accompanied this bridal inspiration shoot, giving depth and variety for every bride and bridesmaid look.

From Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty… These days bridal hair styles are heading in more of the “anything goes” route. If you have ever looked at Anthropologie or J.Crew’s wedding editorials and thought you would love to try that perfectly imperfect whimsical hair but don’t know how, I can give you a few simple steps to creating that kind of look at home.

I recommend starting with clean damp hair. Lots of the products used for this type of look actually create that “dirty” feel for you, and too much oil or product build up in the hair before you start can ruin this look. Texturizing sprays and dry shampoos have made their way to the top of popular products. I have a couple favorites that I depend on.

Materials

  • Bobby pins (the color of your own hair)
  • Back combing brush, and a regular brush
  • Curling Iron (1” to 1.5” depending on hair length)
  • 2-3 large Velcro rollers
  • Hair dryer
  • Strong hold hairspray / (unscented spray)
  • Optional: A pretty vintage inspired hair comb, or even fresh flowers

Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridal Slip: Jane Woolrich | Custom Wedding And Bridesmaid Dress Designer: MinkMaids | Film Scans: Indie Film Lab | Hair And Make-up Artists: Wide Eyed Beauty | Jewelry Designer: AnnKat Jewelry Designs

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Rhythm of the Waves Wedding Editorial

Overcast skies and a windswept shoreline, this pastoral editorial evokes daydreams of mermaids. A misty morning paired with rushing blue waves, Tamara Gruner snapped up every strand of beauty.  From an elegant setting awash with calligraphed shells and flowing table linens, it’s organic beauty leaves us mesmerized. Like the rhythm of the waves, each image drifts dreamily into our hearts and you can see them all here!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe wind whistled through as the waves danced to that tune. The splash on shore created a mist of enchantment. This surreal backdrop provided the most mystical setting for our wedding inspiration. The rushing blue waters played an elegant part for our table setting – calligraphed shells and flowing table linen. To match the setting the bride was wearing a grey Veronica Sheaffer dress which drifted in the wind. The groom, not to be left wanting, was spritely dressed in his black tuxedo. The entire orchestra of the moment was completed by the rhythm of the waves.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Veronica Sheaffer | Cake: Bombon Bakery | Makeup: KC Van De Merkt From Solo Salon | Hair: Solo Salon | Groom's Attire: ESQ Clothing | Venue: Foster Beach | Antique Ring & Shoes: The Left Bank Jewelry | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: Layers Of Loveliness | Female Model: Willow Star | Male Model: Chris Maher | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Silke Table Cloth & Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well

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Traditional Southern Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation

A joyous day overflowing with pretty is always a winner in our book. Especially when said day includes crazy talented vendors like Amy Arrington Photography and Hart to Heart Media. Graced with gorgeous details and golden light, this Lowndes Grove Plantation affair is timeless and traditional, and it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… The stunning architecture of the church and the riverfront setting of the gorgeous Lowndes Grove property really set the tone for the event. I chose creamy tones of ivory, champagne, peach and blush, as a reflection of my simple, traditional style, and to really let the beauty of our venues shine. We got lucky with a clear, sunny October day and a show-stopping sunset as dinner was being served.

Some of my favorite details were the ones we added to pay homage to our alma mater, where we also happened to meet as graduate students: UNC. We had Carolina Blue touches sprinkled throughout, and a few golden ram figurines (in honor of our beloved mascot) were on site to pay tribute.

Our church ceremony was traditional, but personal at the same time. I was a bundle of nerves getting ready to walk down the aisle, but I felt immediately calmed when I made it to the altar and Jeff took my hands. I still had a little stage fright, but I knew I would be fine as long as I had him beside me. I hope I will always remember that feeling. Although we said standard Methodist vows, our pastor did a great job of incorporating details about our personalities and life together into his service.

The cocktail hour was inside the Lowndes Grove house so that our guests could enjoy the historic character of the home while sipping champagne and nibbling on a southern-style, Lowcountry spread, which included bite-size chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and a full raw bar. The string trio played just inside the sunroom as we greeted our arriving guests individually at the front door and welcomed them inside.

As the sun was setting, we moved our guests to the dinner and dancing area on the banks of the Ashley River. Fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, bacon macaroni and cheese, crab cakes, and filet mignon fueled our guests for the dance marathon that was to come later. Our friends were so eager to bust a move that they hit the dance floor before dinner was even over and caused our coordinator to have to shift the timeline of the toasts to later in the evening to accommodate their (and our) enthusiasm.

As everyone says, it goes by so fast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our personalities, and our love for each other and for our family and friends. The whole weekend was a blur of activity and emotion, but there are certain things that I hope will stick in my memory forever, and thankfully we have wonderful photographs to look back on. Amy and Brandon captured the day exactly how I want to remember it: full of joy.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Hart To Heart Media | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering : Fish Restaurant Via Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Makeup: Kelly Campbell | Hair: Paper Dolls | Hair: Sherri Rodriguez | DJ: Lucas Wade Of EPIC Charleston | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Reverend Daniel Flessas | Transportation: Julian's Transport | Bridal Boutique: Traditions By Anna | Ceremony Director: Helen Robbins | Chandelier Rentals: Technical Event Company | Cornhole Boards: Victory Tailgate (Custom Painted By Bride) | Custom Matches: ForYourParty.com | Event Coordination: Ooh! Events | Flowergirl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Getaway Car: ACW Limo | Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More | Getting Ready Venue: Embassy Suites Charleston | Going Away Dress: David's Bridal | Groomsmen Gifts: Aesthetic Wood | Groomsmen's Accessories: Alfred Sung | Invitations, Menus And Programs: Minted | Photo Booth: Coast Photobooth | Rehearsal Dinner: 82 Queen | Rentals: Ooh! Events | String Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi | Tableware Rentals: Polished! | Tent & Linen Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Trolleys: Lowcountry Loop

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