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Whimsical + Organic Redwood Grove Wedding

Towering redwood trees, twinkling string lights, a live bluegrass band, bohemian florals and the amazing L’Relyea Events transformed this Northern California private property into the perfect venue for this Bride and Groom’s woodland fairytale wedding. And thanks to Emily Scannell‘s beautiful photos, you can enjoy all the magic in The Vault!

From L’Relyea EventsAmongst towering redwood trees, twinkle lights intertwined, a live bluegrass band and whimsical floral details, this wedding was nothing short of a fairytale. Elise & David tied the knot at her families private estate, which was built out over the course of a year in preparations for this event. This remote & organic property immediately takes your breath away featuring some of the oldest and largest redwood trees in Northern California. With this space, less is more. We went very minimal on design elements and let the natural beauty of the property speak for itself. With wild, organic cascading florals throughout, we created a fairytale dream come true for Elise and David.

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Photography: Emily Scannell Photography | Event Planning: L'Relyea Events | Floral Design: Jane Hardgrove | Catering: Fogcutter SF | DJ: Verducci Event Productions | Venue: At Home | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Rentals: Wine Country Party

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Classic Wedding at The Berkeley City Club + A Giveaway!

When it comes to booking your vendor dream team, finding that perfect photographer is a pretty big deal. They capture the moments you’ll treasure forever, and that’s where Magnolia Weddings comes in. In the words of Erich of Magnolia, “I love bringing the couple’s story to life in their images,” and that’s exactly what he did for this sweet couple wed at the Berkeley City Club. Get lost in the gallery and don’t miss a major Magnolia Weddings giveaway below.

From Magnolia Weddings... This wedding took place at a California Historic Landmark, the Berkeley City Club. The historical society designation says that architect Julia Morgan’s “Moorish and Gothic elements created a landmark of California design.”

Not only was there distinctive architecture as the backdrop but the library, courtyard and pool all added to the elegance of the wedding. The courtyard provided a great romantic spot for the bride and groom’s first look. The library was perfect for the groom and groomsmen to hang out and drink scotch in while they waited for the ceremony.

The couple met at a crossfit class–in fact the groom was the instructor. I think the story of ‘law school student finds love at the crossfit gym’ is the perfect set up to a romantic comedy. At the wedding they enjoyed themselves throughout, making each other laugh and having a great time dancing with friends and family.


The Prize: Magnolia Weddings is giving away the winner’s choice of either a deluxe engagement portrait session (within a 40 mile radius of San Francisco) or $400 off a wedding package!

To Enter: Simply visit Magnolia Weddings and leave a comment below telling us which style wedding (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) most closely matches your own style.

To Win: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, January 29.

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Photography: Magnolia Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Berkeley City Club | Reception Venue: Berkeley City Club

Rustic Chic Arista Winery Wedding in Healdsburg

After six years, two states, and three apartments, this darling duo made it official in one wowza winery wedding. Straight from the lens of Elisabeth Millay, their special day was filled with an unlimited amount of gorgeousness, that we’re beyond excited to share! Because when it comes to weddings with endless appeal you’ve just found it, and we invite you to explore the archive of pretty in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…Trey and I met six years ago in Seattle where I grew up and where Trey went to medical school. After a few years of dating, I had the opportunity to take a job in San Francisco. Trey was fortunate enough to land a residency position in the Bay Area a year later, and after five years, two states, and three apartments, we were so excited to finally get engaged!

We wanted our wedding to feel like a destination wedding for our guests. We also love spending our weekends in wine country, so having our wedding in Sonoma Valley seemed like the ideal location. We’ve always dreamed of a romantic, intimate, outdoor wedding where we could celebrate with our closest friends and families. We stumbled upon Arista Winery on a weekend trip to Healdsburg and fell in love with the property. From the old oak trees to the beautiful pavilion overlooking the vineyards, it was perfect.

I loved the wedding planning process. Every single minute of it. We started the process by determining what was really important to us. For me, it was the photographer and the flowers. For Trey, it was the food, beer, and wine. We spent a lot of time selecting our vendors, and we were so lucky to have had such a great team to bring our visions to life.

We wanted our wedding to have as many personal touches as possible. I hand made the invitations, signs, and place cards. My mom and I also made s’mores kits and cinnamon rolls for our guests to enjoy the following morning. Trey selected several craft beers from local breweries and of course, we had excellent wine from Arista to pair with our entrees of beef short ribs and chicken breast.

I walked down the aisle to a guitarist playing “What a Wonderful World.” Trey’s stepfather officiated our ceremony, and we wrote our own vows. The ceremony was my absolute favorite part of the day. Another favorite memory was our first dance, which our friend, a professional ballroom dancer, helped us choreograph.

Our wedding day was truly a dream come true. I wish we could do it all over again!

See even more winery weddings THE VAULT! 

Photography: Millay & Young Photography | Event Planning: Arista Winery | Floral Design: Rion Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Hair And Makeup: Kat Tinney | Calligraphy: Oxford Lettering Co | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Arista Winery | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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