Welcome to 2011 SMP’ers!  We thought we would kick things off with a California wine country wedding that instantly captured our hearts. From the style savvy florals crafted by Asiel Design to the super chic details that Jenne Hohn Events tucked into every single corner and of course, all of the picture perfect photos from Larry Sengbush Photography and Damion Hamilton Photography, we can’t think of a better way to welcome a new year! Grab a sneak peek at the rest of the details including a drop dead gorgeous rehearsal dinner in the gallery.

The sensational images courtesy of lead photographer Larry Sengbush Photography with second-shooter Damian Hamilton Photography

see the rest of these California nuptials here!

I felt an instant connection when I met Megan and her aunts, Marynell and Elise. They were absolutely wonderful from day one. What was even more exciting was that, as we started planning, I found that Megan and Kevin’s tastes were very similar to my own – I finally had a chance to “play in my own garden.” We wanted a very modern and textural feel using royal purple and gold tones. We knew that the perfect floral designer was Linnae at Asiel – we never looked anywhere else. The wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday at Silverado Brewing Company in Calistoga for a fun and casual gathering. The rehearsal dinner took place at Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga. We didn’t want the rehearsal dinner to compete with the wedding reception so we muted the décor and let the food and the winery – with it’s world-renowned artwork, be the show stoppers. Chef Bruce Riezenmann from Park Avenue Catering surprised Kevin with a sabered champagne toast, tailored especially for the couple. Kevin’s mom created a special slide show for the couple, another surprise for the lovely bride and groom. Sharla Flock did the gorgeous floral décor while La Tavola provided the linens – hand–selected by Kevin. Mark Taylor provided flamenco guitar during the reception and dinner.

The wedding itself took place on a spectacular November afternoon. Linnae created a gorgeous visual spectacle using rose petals – custom artwork for the aisle. She created custom branch pieces with yellow orchids that were placed on the chairs on the inner aisle. A “tree” of escort cards was another show-stopper. Each guest’s name was printed and placed on a beautiful copper leaf, printed by Bloom 415.

Bloom 415 created special paper goods for the table names as well. Each table was named after a place special to the couple with an accompanying description of the place’s importance – great conversation pieces. We selected a unique serving piece from Classic Party Rentals for each of the courses. Linnae topped each charger with an beautiful orchid. We used La Tavola linens in mink and light mink in a multitude of textures from crinkle to windsor. Linnae created branch centerpieces with hanging orchids and votive holders. The effect was pure magic and romance. Got Light? draped the entire ballroom with sheer white fabric. We changed the lighting with each course. There were a number of show-stoppers in the ballroom – Asiel Design’s 6′ branch chandelier created especially for the couple with dangling yellow orchids. Linnae designed incredible décor for the cake tables and the head table in addition to the takeaway gifts (chocolates from Cocoa Bella).

Outdoors, Got Light? created mason jar lanterns just for Kevin. The surrounding landscape was uplit with amber lighting and we projected a “wave-like” blue shimmer on the grass. Lounge pieces from CORT were embellished with more fun décor from Linnae. Guests had a blast with the photo booth from Denon & Doyle. The couple had a “mini-moon” at Post Ranch Inn. Guests sent them off with love and affection. I made sure that the couple’s favorite breakfast foods were on board their getaway limo. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredibly loving and gracious family.

Event Planning: Jenne Hohn Events / Photography (lead): Larry Sengbush Photography / Photography (second-shooter): Damion Hamilton Photography / Wedding Gown: Badgley Mischka / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Venue and Catering: Solage Calistoga / Officiant: Reverend Peadar Dalton of Your Ceremony Matters / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Table linens, napkins, and cushions: La Tavola Linen / Napkins and Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals /Hair and Makeup: Get Your Do Up / Film: Thomas Hughes Films / Lighting and Stage: Got Light? / Dance Floor: Zephyr Tents / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Bellarosa String Quartet and Travis Andrews Guitar / Florals: Asiel Design / Cakes: Patisserie Angelica / Lounge Furniture: CORT Event Furnishings / Photo Booth: Denon & Doyle / Paper Goods: Bloom 415

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