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Boho Chic Maui Wedding

A single look at this couple and you know that they are one of the most beautiful pair we’ve ever had on SMP. But look a little closer. Could it be that they are also the most in love? The joy emanating out of these images completely defines what a wedding can and should be. With photographs from Tamiz Photography and stunning florals by Opihi Love, you have no choice but to pore over the entire wedding right here and of course in the beautiful film by Sunlit Films.


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From The Bride…When most people think of Maui, they think of beautiful beaches with white sand and sparkling blue waters of the Pacific, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that Maui has one of the most spectacular countryside’s I’ve ever seen.

We chose my husband’s rustic family farm in Kula, Maui to have our wedding ceremony. The lush rolling hills surrounded by spectacular views of Maui coastline below made for the perfect backdrop to say I do.

We had the great privilege and luck to work with Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Boutique Rentals and Event design for our wedding. Our vision was one of rustic elegance with vintage touches. Cigar boxes, vintage teacups, dahlias, peonies, proteas, David Austin’s, runuculus, wax flowers, mason jars, candlelight and fire pits decorated the barn and cocktail area.

Our ceremony was an intimate affair with just our closest family members in attendance. Having lost both my parents (my mom very recently to cancer), I was apprehensive about having a big wedding knowing how emotional my sisters and I would be without our mom and dad there. It was Graham’s idea to have a small family only ceremony and dinner and follow it up with a big reception party at a later date and it was the best decision we ever made.

How wonderful it was to be able to get ready in the Monroe family farmhouse. Getting ready with my sisters was a bittersweet moment as my mother’s presence was everywhere, from the buttoning up of my lace Pronovias gown to the crowing of the haiku floral lei, I could hear her laughter and feel her love around all of us.

I had my three nieces as my flower girls, my two younger nephews as my ring bearers, and my two oldest nephews (both of which are named for their grandfathers whom they never got to meet) walk me down the aisle. I know my dad would have approved of having his grandsons step in to walk his last little girl down the aisle. It was magical to have all littlest family members involved and they kept us all smiling and laughing the entire day.

Graham picked our ceremony location to be in one of the upper pastures with beautiful views. Wooden benches, chaise lounges, and vintage chairs made up the seating for our small party and two garden chairs were placed in front for my parents so that Graham and I could lay flower leis over them in remembrance.

Taking photos while walking through the beautiful orchards with the talented husband and wife team that make up Tamiz photography, we were able to have a few quiet moments to ourselves while the afternoon sun kissed the coming dusk.

The Monroe’s working rustic barn was converted into a beautiful dinner theater with hanging floral arrangements on rustic wooden planks cascading down to vintage farm tables. Linen table runners decorated with flowers and candles made for the perfect table setting. Miss B Calligraphy created the rustic wooden signs, handmade seating cards and a unique picture menu to highlight the culinary delights of Maui Executive Catering. Pan Asian cuisine with fresh farm to table deliciousness was the perfect choice for our wedding dinner. Fresh ahi poke (a local favorite), sous vide wagyu beef, and homemade green tea ice green (the groom’s favorite) were just some of the dishes that were served to our guests.

A grownups only Scotch bar was found near the firepit and a s’more and hot chocolate bar was laid out for the kids to enjoy as the night wore on.

The evening ended by sending off wish lanterns to carry our beautiful memories, prayers and love to those who could not be there with us that day.

It was such a special day, filled with some of our most special people and we were so happy to share it with all of them.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Maui Executive Catering | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Lighting: Event Horizon | Coordination And Design: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Florals: Opihi Love Boutique Rentals & Event Design | Rentals: Island Rents | Slow Motion Video Booth: Sunlit Films | Videography : Sunlit Films

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Simply Romantic Summer Backyard Wedding

A backyard wedding is one of those things every little girl dreams of. The white tent, the quiet romance, and the intimate gathering of those you love most. It’s exactly what happened when these lovies settled on a celebration at the Groom’s family home, and Lauren Fair captured the stunning gallery you don’t want to miss.

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From Lauren Fair PhotographySiv + Andrew’s backyard wedding was full of simple touches that were elegant, breathtaking and utterly romantic. Their silk + teak tent was so beautiful draped with greens + florals by the talented Oleander Botanicals, and their ceremony lined with wildflowers overlooked rolling hills of Pennsylvania.

The property is Andrew’s father’s home, so it had a lot of meaning to the family and was the perfect place to celebrate. With an intimate gathering of around 100 family + friends, guests mingled on the lawn as they were served delicious cocktails + hors d’ouveres. The style of their wedding was neutral and elegant, with brass candelabras, delicate florals and most of all, lush greenery trailing on the head table, draped on the outside of the test, and surrounding the pretty white menus. A close family friend got his band back together to play at the reception, which was a huge hit!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Sharkpig | Floral Design: Oleander Botanicals | Jewelry: BHLDN | Catering: Robert Ryan Catering + Design | Private Residence: Backyard | Tent Rental: EventQuip

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Colorful Spring Palo Alto Wedding

I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that this wedding goes down as a SMP favorite. For starters, it’s the work of Marcy Blum and Nancy Liu Chin (aka, some of the best in the biz) with Stephanie Pool behind the lens. From the bright pink petals down the aisle to the statement bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s a risk-taking spin on traditional elegance that paid off BIG time. Get started in the gallery and don’t miss the film from AwesomeShot Studios

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From Marcy Blum AssociatesPlanning this wedding for one of my dearest friends’ children (we have been friends for over 45 years) of course held a very special meaning for me. I’ve known the bride and her siblings before they were born, and not having kids of my own, they are my surrogates.

Dana was raised in Palo Alto and now lives with her husband (Rob is from New York) in New York City where her mother, father, and I were raised. The bride and I have very similar taste and style and we lean towards the “fabulous”, much to her mother’s chagrin.

One of the challenges for me was to imbue the very elegant but rather masculine and definitely “clubby” Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club with some NYC glitz and glam without eradicating the wonderful California aura that Dana and her family are very attached to. The Club is also a venue that many of the guests are quite familiar with and I wanted to turn it into something that felt very different and very festive to them as well. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the banquet manager Helen Engelherdt (from ny of course :) was 100% with me on this project and made it far easier than it would have been otherwise. We served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the ceremony so that we didn’t impinge on any members golfing time when we finally set up.

The ceremony on the golf course (an outdoor ceremony was the one non-negotiable from the bride) began with Beach Boy songs performed by an acapella group and continued with a classical ensemble. After the ceremony performed by a friend of the couple, guests entered the ballroom from a different direction than usual. Guests were literally stopped in their tracks by the transformation of the club’s dining room. Using long tables, custom gossamer and gold linens, clever lighting and hanging crystals and blooms from the existing chandeliers,our team had rendered the club ballroom even to those who are there often, irrecognizeable.

A fabulous band after dinner was followed by a DJ in the sexy club we had built in the bar.

The entire weekend, starting with a Mexican tasting dinner in Palo Alto hosted by the grooms’ parents and ending with an around the pool farewell brunch at the bride’s parent’s home, was really the perfect melding of wonderful ideas and guests from east and west coasts, exactly as I had wished for.

Photography: Stephanie Pool | Videography: AwesomeShot Studios | Wedding Planner: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Enhanced Lighting | Afterparty DJ: Casey Connor | Beignets: Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts | Bride's Dress: Naeem Khan Via Mark Ingram Atelier | Ceremony, Reception, & Afterparty Venue: Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club | Cocktail Band: Samurai Gypsies | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hair : The Make Up Dolls | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Reception Band: West Coast Music / The James Gang | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Sound & AV: Design Sound

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Garden Wedding in the French Countryside

Remember that time we shared this Parisian engagement session covered in cherry blossoms? Well, this is the wedding magic that followed. It’s a garden party-style fête in the French countryside with a sense of easy elegance woven into every single moment. Greg Finck told the story through his lens, and the gallery is what wedding dreams are made of.

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From Greg Finck PhotographyWhen the Bride is a famous hair and mak-up artist in Paris, getting ready is a piece of cake! You already know Candice and Pierre, the adorable Hawaiian-French couple who got engaged under the blossoming cherry trees in Paris, from a previous feature on Style Me Pretty, and this is their wedding in the French countryside near Lyon. An intimate garden wedding with friends from around the world, some lily of the valley, a stunning Rime Arodaky gown, and a 1969 red Mustang!

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Stationery: Mister M Studio | Grooms Attire: Les Dandys | French Château: Château De La Bourdelière

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