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Shabby Chic Calamigos Ranch Wedding

As a self-proclaimed perfectionist that thrives off of stress-induced work, this Bride was inevitably meant to plan a beyond beautiful soiree. And that she did. Calamigos Ranch set the stage for every lovely moment captured by Koman Photography, including the Bride’s not one, but TWO gorgeous dresses from Beautiful Day Wedding, the prettiest twinkling bloom-covered ceremony ever, a fun taco truck and so much more.

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From Koman PhotographyWe cannot say enough great things about Brooke and Andrew! Spending time with them is like enjoying great moments with old friends. These two are always smiling and enjoying life, it is truly a joy to see them interacting with each other. We are truly happy to have been given the chance to get to know them during their Engagement journey and now through their marriage. Their engagement session was one we will never forget and their Wedding Day at the Calamigos Ranch was perfect!

From the beautiful Bride… For anyone that knows me personally, they will know that I am a perfectionist that thrives off of stress-induced work so planning a wedding was right up my aisle. Andrew and I had been dating for 9 years when we got engaged on a beach while on vacation in Maui. He planned the proposal perfectly by asking me as the sun was setting on a beautiful cliff by the beach and even hired a photographer to capture the entire proposal. It was truly a magical day that I will never forget. Shortly after the proposal, Andrew and I were on the hunt for the perfect venue and found ourselves at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA where we chose the Fourth of July as the date to tie the knot. It was the perfect date because we envisioned a night of celebration, happiness, and fireworks!

For the theme, we chose a whimsical, shabby chic style so that we could highlight the beautifully rustic feel of the venue. The color scheme was light pink, cream, and gold, which complemented the natural earthy tones that the venue already provided. During the planning process, our main objective was to create an atmosphere at our wedding that accurately portrayed our own personal styles and interests. We took on many DIY projects in order to accomplish this task. To highlight Brooke’s love of sweets, we set up a candy bar and dessert bar with customized mason jars for guests to fill. For Andrew’s love of Mexican food, we set up a Mexican taco stand following dinner for guests to enjoy throughout the night. All of these things created a wedding that really felt like our own and the beautiful photos by John and Marlene captured every key moment.

Photography: Koman Photography | Videography: Digital Eye Studio | Floral Design: Forever Yours | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride's Reception Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Bridesmaids' Hair: Jessica Yi | Bridesmaids' Make-Up: Grace Lee | Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Chalkboard Art: Joyce Chai | Coordination: Everly Events | Flower Crowns: Ester Lee | Flower Girl Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hair And Make-Up: Sherilyn Yi | Lighting/AV: Amber Event Productions | Photo Booth: Viral Booth | Ring Bearer Tuxedo: Beautiful Day Wedding | Save The Date & Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Taco Truck: El Tapatio Taqueria | Venue: Calamigos Ranch

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Solage Calistoga Wedding Awash with Yellow

Solage Calistoga is stunning in and of itself but when you add sunny yellow florals, lemon details helping guests find their way to their seats and a gaggle of littles, it takes on a whole new level of awesome. Planned by Stacy McCain, infused with the happiest blooms by Loop Events and captured by Weddings By Sasha, have a look at the full gallery for yellow in its shiniest, happiest form.

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From The Bride…Paul and I dated for two years after having met ten years earlier through a mutual friend. We’d both been living in San Francisco after spending a few years in New York City and finally the timing was right for both of us, after just one official date it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing!

I grew up in Northern Virginia but we both knew we wanted to get married in the Bay Area. We loved spending weekends in Napa Valley and the wine country was our first choice. We also knew we wanted a summer wedding. As soon as we visited Solage Calistoga we knew it couldn’t get any better. It was important to us that the weekend be as hassle free and luxurious as possible for our friends and family who were coming from all over the world. We wanted a venue with a fantastic restaurant, beautiful outdoor and indoor event space, luxury service for our guests and amazing pool and spa – it was perfect! Our decision to work with Stacy McCain Events was the best decision we made, Stacy and her team created our dream wedding and made the entire process seamless and smooth. We were thrilled to secure the band Wonderbread 5 for the reception and probably would have missed out on them if it weren’t for Stacy.

We started the weekend with a beautiful and laid back outdoor rehearsal dinner at Gott’s in St. Helena which was a perfect kick off to a wine country weekend. Paul’s 11 year old nephew, Luke Kennedy, gave a surprise toast that moved everyone to tears, it was such a special moment for us! Afterwards we invited all of the guests who were in town to a cocktail reception by the pool at Solage. The setting was so lovely and in addition to being the day of summer solstice there was a glowing ‘Supermoon’, the largest full moon of the year, shining down on the festivities.

We loved our officiant, Rev. Peadar Dalton, a friend of Paul’s parents, he was terrific! We both come from Irish families and Rev. Dalton has a charming Irish brogue which was a big hit with everyone. He was warm and gracious and included our parents in a very sweet blessing of the rings. We wrote our own vows and it was so sweet to recite them in front of our loved ones. Our wedding parties included our nieces and nephews and our treasured terrier, Archibald. The ceremony was outside on the lawn and our pianist played “Imagine” by John Lennon while the flower girls and our nephews walked down the aisle, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. Walking down the aisle with my Dad to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen played on the piano was a moment I’ll never forget. Paul and I were so moved by all of the toasts that day as well, our friends and families words meant so much to us. We chose the song “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, one of our favorite musicians, for our first dance and it was so perfect!

We were blown away by the beautiful and fun pictures Sasha Gulish captured, she was fantastic to work with, our guests kept telling us how much they loved her and her team. Anna Hoffman of Loop Flowers & Events did an absolutely gorgeous job, the arrangements and displays throughout the weekend were stunning. The ‘altar’ was a simple circle of white rose petals and it looked so sweet against the naturally beautiful backdrop of the Palisades. Our niece Isla couldn’t resist wandering in and out of the circle throughout the ceremony, it was so cute! Our extraordinary team of vendors, thanks to Stacy, flawlessly executed our unforgettable, romantic, summery and fun weekend that we had been dreaming of. We left for our honeymoon so thankful and in awe of all of the love in our lives. To our delight, we’re now proud parents of Colin James Kennedy, born April 5, 2014!

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Event Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Loop Events Arts | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: A Day In May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: She Artists | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Best Man Suit: Banana Republic | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Venue: Solage Calistoga

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Los Altos Hills Engagement Photo Shoot

You don’t need an elaborate photo shoot to capture that super cute, newly engaged charm. Case in point? This Los Altos e-session shot by Jessica Burke. Simple, scenic, darling. And that, my friends, is how it’s done. Check out the gallery for more!


From Jessica BurkeI have a pretty engagement session to share with you, set amongst the pretty olive trees of Northern California! The bride, Michelle, is a HUGE Style Me Pretty fan and as soon as I sent her gallery of images, she replied with, “Can we submit to SMP?” Love it!!

From The Bride…Chris and I attended the same high school and college, yet never met until an eHarmony date 2 years ago. Our wedding is going to be at Mission Santa Clara, where olive trees are plentiful. For our engagement shoot, I wanted a setting known for its olive trees with a comparably rustic feel. The weather and scenery could not have been more perfect for Jessica Burke’s beautiful photography.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Venue: Hidden Villa

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