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Organic + Luminous Ranch Wedding Inspiration

It’s photos like these that remind me why I love California weddings so much. Against the beautiful vineyard setting of Hathaway Ranch, stunning details, like the gorgeous gown from Gemy Maalouf and beautiful blooms from The Blooming Bud, really shine. And with Lucy Munoz capturing it all, you’re left with the loveliest wedding inspiration session. See it all in THE VAULT!


From Lucy MunozFor our inspired wedding we took to Hathaway Ranch in Bakersfield, CA, as it provided every single detail we we looking for–vineyards, breathtaking mountain views, and gorgeous landscapes throughout. We decided on a romantic and soft feel for the shoot. Our model Kori Agee wore beautiful gowns by Gemy Maalouf and Jason Charchan combined to match with a dark navy suit. Sarah 4 Beauty created a flowing loose bun with soft muted tones for Kor’s makeup. Our gorgeous invites and stationary were created by Megan Kelso. She always delights us with her stunning work. All the magnificent florals were done by The Blooming Bud. There isn’t anything that The Blooming Bud can’t do. They always create lush floral work. Our whimsical cake was created by Sweet Layers Cakes and Pasteries. We asked for them to create a cake with texture that had movement in it. Of course, Sweet Layers never disappoints! The end result was pure magic and delight!

Photography: Lucy Munoz | Floral Design: The Blooming Bud | Wedding Dress: Gemy Maalouf | Cake: Sweet Layers Cakes | Hair And Makeup: Sarah 4 Beauty | Venue: Hathaway Ranch | Invitations And Stationery: Megan L Kelso

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Flower-Filled Garden Party Bridal Shower

It’s not at all surprising that this bridal shower is completely stunning, after all, the bride-to-be is a wedding planner: Lotta Alexandersson of  Mint Design! With a beautiful eye for details—the Champagne drink station, dreamy flower arrangements, and adorable cookies—this bride’s shower, captured by Mariel Hannah, has us dying to see the wedding! See all the pretty here.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… This bridal shower was a very special one to me, as it was my very own bridal shower. Being a wedding planner and planning your own wedding is an incredible feeling. I was finally a bride and was able to go through all the same feelings and emotions that my brides go through leading up to their big day.

Nestled in a private residence, my mother-in-law hosted the most beautiful garden party bridal shower for my closest family and friends.  A long table seating 40 women lined the back yard patio. A flower filled water fountain and the vast greenery of the back yard served as the perfect backdrop for this fabulous afternoon. Guests were greeted by our “drink pretty” drink station with a gold sugar rimmed champagne flute that had their name written on a beautiful piece of Silk and Willow ribbon. Rose petal infused water was served in large carafes for easy access for guests to self serve. The bridal party received a custom cookie with their title in the wedding, which was placed at on top of their piece of cake! Such a sweet touch by Bord A Petit Catering!

I was drawn to neutral tones with touches of bright pink and coral hues, which were seen throughout the loose floral arrangements. Wooden and glass candleholders danced on the tables with taupe and peach colored candlesticks. Cream colored plates, gold flatware, linen napkins and a shapely champagne flute was presented at each seat. Guests were served a plate with various hors d’oeuvres as a light lunch to accompany the overflow of champagne. At the end of the long table, I created a three fold wooden backdrop with a simple greenery laurel wreath garland that was the perfect touch to finish the backyard and distinguish the table to frame it in the vast backyard. I incorporated cream-colored yarn in various design elements as it is soft and feminine and blows so subtly in the wind. The yarn chandelier hung above the cake off centered, not to take away from the cakes’ simple beauty. The party favor was a little clay pot that I spray painted a cream color, which held soap in the shape of a rose. They were so sweet and simple.

The florals included some of my favorite blooms. Peonies, dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips and spray roses to name a few. The greenery springs consisted of smilax, jasmine vine and Italian ruscus. They were a perfect pop to the simple elegance of the candles.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Event Planning & Design: Mint Design | Floral Design: Mint Design | Cake: De Coeur | Catering: Bord A Petit | Venue: Private Residence | Cookies: Imperial Sweets | Paper Goods: Matinae Design Studio | Rentals: All Celebration Rental | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).