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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.
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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).

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Multi-Cultural Holman Ranch Wedding

With bright blooms by Seascape Flowers and the rustic beauty of Holman Ranch, this summer wedding took my breath away. Combining both Catholic and Hindu traditions into one festive celebration, Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling captured every precious detail and these photos will be entertaining and inspiring me for the rest of today.

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From the Bride… When we set out to plan our wedding, my then-fiance and I each closed our eyes for five minutes and imagined our perfect wedding, and then wrote down our thoughts. Then, we told each other what we wanted, and it turned out to be the exact same thing: a fusion wedding, under the sky. We wanted to throw the most memorable party ever, and Holman Ranch was the perfect place to do it. I’m Hindu, and my husband is Catholic, and we both wanted to have a fusion ceremony that incorporated the best traditions and ceremonies from our respective backgrounds. For the mandap, I wanted to have a modern and minimalist mandap that would showcase both the Hindu and Catholic portions of our ceremony and also not detract from the incredible views and surroundings of Holman Ranch. Darcy from Seascape Flowers worked some magic, and delivered the exact mandap that I had envisioned on top of doing an incredible job with all of our flowers.

From the Groom… From the moment we started planning our wedding, we decided on one thing: that making our wedding truly reflect us as individuals and as a couple would be what made the special day truly memorable. As we’re big on the outdoors, we lucked out on getting Holman Ranch, one of the most beautiful outdoor venues that could fit our “small” Indian wedding of 250 guests. Having a venue where we need to bring in all the vendors both gave us the freedom to choose anybody, but also the need for an expert in the Monterey/Carmel area. Coastside Couture expertly advised us through every step. Since we wanted our ceremony to reflect both our faiths and be a reasonable length, we delicately organized a fusion hour-long wedding that included both a Catholic priest & Hindu pandit while allowing time for intimate moments such as our personalized vows and my dad & brother singing.

The day flew by with lots of smiling, laughing and dancing, thus we’re so glad Susannah Gill and Anchor Cinema were there to capture the day. They struck the perfect balance between getting such amazing shots while expertly staying in the background all night. Meanwhile, Show of Life left us and our guests with perfect mementos from its photo booth. In the end, our wishes were granted: our guests truly seemed to enjoy most how each aspect of our wedding shared a different personal glimpse of our lives!

Catering: Paradise Catering | DJ: Sound In Motion | Dessert: Gizdich Ranch | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Makeup: Kim Guiley | Officiant: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel | Photography: Susannah Gill - Photographic Storytelling | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Main Event Transportation | Videography: Anchor Cinema | Wedding Planning & Design: Coastside Couture | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Wine: Bottles N' Bins

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Rustic Meets Modern Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding

It’s kind of a given that a Carmel Valley Ranch wedding is going to be awesome, but add one of the world’s sweetest duos and a rustic meets modern aesthetic to the mix and it’s a pretty that is basically indescribable.  Think baby’s breath meets silver sparkles meets one of the most breathtaking ceremonies you will ever see.  Soak in all of the gorgeousness captured by Brittrene Photo in the full gallery.

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From Brittrene Photo… They had been on the house hunt for some time. something perfect in the city of San Francisco, but still close enough to the beach so Greg could catch some early more waves. Finally, they found the perfect place to call home; their escrow closed and as they picked up their keys, standing on their doorstep, Greg got down on one knee and presented Holly with a beautiful ring and the promise of spending the rest of their life together. A perfect engagement session of their new life together, first home and new puppy!

From The Bride… We met one evening in September 2009 when we both happened to meet our mutual friend for dinner in the Mission District of San Francisco. We didn’t talk much during dinner since we were with a big group. But at the end of the night, our friend told Greg to drive me home since we both lived in the same neighborhood across the city. During that drive, we chatted the whole way home and the beginning of a friendship emerged.

There was something different about our friendship – we just seemed to get each other. We would give each other dating advice while we drove around the city to different shows and parties sipping on Red Bulls. After just a few weeks of being “buddies”, we both quickly realized that we were falling for each other… hard. Greg finally asked me on an actual date where he picked me up with a dozen red roses, then he took me to Farmer Brown where we bonded over our love for fried chicken. We became “Facebook official” on October 4, 2009. Little did we know that we would be saying “I Do” exactly five years later to the date.

During those five years together, we moved in together, adopted our sweet little dog/son named Hank, and then we bought our dream home by the beach. Greg popped the question on our front steps one week after we moved in. Some might say we’ve done things a little out of order, but for us everything happened absolutely perfectly.

When we started looking for our wedding venue, we knew it had to be somewhere along the beautiful Northern California coast. We spend many weekends going for drives along the coastline with the pup, and it’s always been a special place for us. As soon as saw Carmel Valley Ranch, we knew it would be the perfect location for our dream wedding.

Our ceremony took place on the gorgeous Valley Lawn which overlooks the rolling green hills of Carmel Valley. Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and a parasol to shade the sun. I was so nervous! We decided not to do a first look, so the first time seeing each other was very emotional. The ceremony flew by in a flash, and next thing we knew we were husband and wife!

The cocktail hour and reception took place in the Golf Clubhouse. We decided to use long tables instead of rounds, and it made the group of 150 guests actually feel like an intimate gathering. Our theme was rustic modern. We used white linens, silver sequin runners, reclaimed wood boxes with baby’s breath bunches, and mason jar candle holders. When the sun went down the room looked magical!

Since I am in the wedding industry myself, I know the importance of hiring amazing vendors who you can trust. I was so blessed with every single one of my vendors- they truly made our day so special!

Baker: Torino Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | Coordination: MB Wedding Design And Events | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Hair & Make Up: HrH Hari And Make Up | Photography: Brittrene Photo | Videography: AVR Films

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Rustic Winter Wedding at Holman Ranch

For those of us here on the east coast, it’s easy to forget that there is another version of winter out there, one that doesn’t keep you housebound for months. This charming rustic wedding proves just how fantastic winter celebrations can be at an amazing California ranch, filled with personal touches and sunny skies. Mirelle Carmichael captured it all right here.

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From The Bride… Shaun and I went to the same University (of Oregon) and did not know each other, but luckily have a few friends in common. Five years after graduating from college, I moved to San Francisco where Shaun also lived and we were introduced and saw each other occasionally at football games or at our friend’s Matt & Amy’s house.

Then, we both became single, and long story short, hit it off!

After 2+ years of dating, Shaun proposed on a 10 day trip to Spain in San Sebastian. He had a ring pop and a photo of a diamond so it took me a few seconds to put it together… then I said yes and the wedding planning fun began.

Holman Ranch was a dream come true. We looked at sites in Sonoma and San Francisco as well and our goal was to enjoy the process and planning. The biggest part of that – as I learned in my career as a human resources professional – is the team you are working with. I wanted uber competent, energetic, and flexible people on my team so that we could plan a wonderful day, learn, and have fun in the process. My photographer, Mirelle Carmichael, was a perfect fit in terms of photography style, and is uniquely talented at connecting with people from behind the camera. It was also important that my vendors respected our budget boundaries. We simply were not a couple who was willing to spend 10K on flowers and I didn’t want continuous pressure to go over budget. My florist, Courtney Saynor at the Floral Loft in San Francisco, worked miracles for a small budget and advised me expertly where to spend versus save. She was an absolute artist even though my budget was small.

When I met the team at Holman, I knew they were the best fit (so flexible, and utterly professional), and the stunning views, and vintage charm didn’t hurt either! They also offered a day rate for winter weddings (typically couples have to rent the entire property), and some of my other vendors offered off-season discounts as well.

We did not necessarily have a defined style, but we wanted the day to be intimate and personal. Throughout the process, though, it became clear that we loved the classic, vintage touches that you can see from our attire and from the flower choices. I loved the idea of blushes and grays with a pop of sapphire blue. I wore an oyster pink dress with an ivory Chantilly lace overlay, and Shaun wore a gray morning jacket (both vintage styles that complemented the 1930s ranch). The colors also really melded so beautifully with the stone at Holman and the natural hues in the fields that we walked through.

There were so many moments that I continue to think about. Getting ready with the ladies and having my esthetician for the last 10 years, Tiffany, do all of our makeup. The ceremony was so wonderful and warm. We had an outdoor wedding in the middle of winter and it all went beautifully.

I also loved walking out of the ceremony with my husband and going straight to a private courtyard to share appetizers and a glass of wine!

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose Via Weddington Way | Catering: Paradise Catering | Cupcakes: Kayaks By Kaleigh DiPaolo | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Floral Design: Courtney Sayner - The Floral Loft | Hair: Michelle Stehle At Groove Salon SF | Makeup: Tiffany Perry | Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Suits: Selix | Wedding Coordination: Engaged & Inspired | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch

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Glitter and Gold Wedding at Holman Ranch

Today, I’m packing up my e-suitcase and heading west. And this sparkling fete? It’s the perfect sunny destination. With rustic glam accents, this Holman Ranch affair is filled with glitter and gold in the form of Sweet Lauren Cakes and colorful Asiel Design blooms. From personal vows, to the altar crafted from strips of the Bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress, every detail snapped up by This Love Of Yours is what wedding dreams are made of, more here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our vision for our wedding was “Rustic Glam”. Holman Ranch took care of the rustic part, so I wanted to incorporate lots of glitter and gold to glam it up. You can never have enough of either in my opinion!

Our vows were the most memorable part of our entire day, they were so personal and just so us! The altar was created with strips of my grandmother’s wedding dress. Getting married under the custom made alter was really special, it was a beautiful way to incorporate her.

We loved Holman Ranch because it is so versatile. It’s a beautiful canvas for any style or design. The grand oak “Tree”! I remember a special moment very vividly. Matt and I were by ourselves for the first time all day, taking photos with our photographers out in the green fields by the tree and it was so perfect! It was the most relaxed I felt all day- simply being surrounded by nature all glammed up with my new husband.

If I had one piece of advice for planning, it would be to make it about you and your husband! Make sure you really connect with your vendors and create the dream team, they make the day!
Enjoy the process and the day since it goes by fast!

Bride's Belt: Live Adorned | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Derng- Gatsby Gold | Cake Pop: Sweet Lauren Cakes | Catering & Event Coordination: Culinary Eye | Cufflinks: White Truffle | Earrings: Haute Bride | Event Design: The Bride | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Socks: GroomSocks | Grooms Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's BowTie: The Tie Bar | Guitar: Mark Banks | Hair & Makeup: Hair Glam By Courtney | Headpiece: Haute Bride | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Linens: The Linen Bar | Photobooth: Night Owl Photo Booth | Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Rings: Joe Escobar | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veil: Adrienne Veil- Haute Bride | Videography: Black Dog Enterprises | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

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