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Sweet, Whimsical Wedding by Choco Studio, III

We are featuring the most adorable, charming, completely lovely wedding today…one that will definitely go down as a new favorite. With DIY centerpieces and perfect succulents, a bride that is absolutely, positively lovely and a style that is all together inviting…this wedding is SO SMP.

Photographed by Choco Studio, I love, love, love this day.

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Here are a few details about the venue itself…

Located on 43 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, California, the Ralston White Retreat was designed by one of San Francisco’s most prolific architects, Willis Polk. The Retreat is a sixteen-bedroom mansion that was originally acquired as a wedding present by the owner to his wife. He named their home the “Garden of Allah” after a popular novel at the time.

The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, a number of balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. The heart-shaped lawn and beautiful grounds invite you to enjoy the elegance of your surroundings. There are several walking paths on the property as well as nearby trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

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Jenny and Jeff decorated the interior of this historic mansion with a large dose of character. They added details and rearranged all the vintage furniture in the house until it became perfect for the wedding.

So much more to come!


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Sweet, Whimsical Wedding by Choco Studio, II

I am madly in love with today’s bride. She seems so spunky, so completely whimsical. Plus, she is ROCKING the cutest short wedding dress I have ever seen and manages to look not only adorable, but also completely elegant. Photographed by Choco Studio, this wedding is ALL about the charm.

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Here are few details from the fabulous photographers…

Jenny’s vintage inspired dress was made by a custom tailor shop in San Francisco.  The head piece was just jaw-dropping and it was hard to believe that she made it herself.

The centerpieces were hand-made and so unique and original.  The succulents were bought in bulk and carefully planted by Jenny and her friends.  Various fun containers with succulents were put throughout the house and created a consistent style of decorations.  All the antique vases, porcelain cups and glasses came from second-hand stores.

Guests were encouraged to dress up and bring their own masks to the wedding.  There was also a special area with dozens of masks set up for the guests to wear at night. The motif of carnival masks and succulents was also on their invitations.

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Sweet, Whimsical Wedding by Choco Studio

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a major milestone in the Larson household. We celebrated my daughter’s first birthday with a big, adorable, totally pink party. It turned out to be such an incredible day with lots of friends and family, a few pony’s and cupcakes galore…one that will definitely go down as a beautiful memory in my book of life.

So, I thought that we could start the week off on an equally sweet note, with this lovely wedding that the oh-so-talented Mike and Natasha of Choco Studio Photographed

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We have tons of gorgeous photographs from this wedding coming up in just a bit!