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Monterey Wedding Film from Kale Fitch Productions

Brace yourselves, SMPers.  Because these two adorable lovebirds?  Well, they just might be the CUTEST duo you will ever meet.  (Yep, all caps style cute.)  And their gorgeous film captured by Kale Fitch Productions?  Amazing.  It’s a sweet look into a gorgeous day that will literally take your breath away and it’s filled with sooo much love, you’ll spend your entire weekend grinning away.  An uber-cute duo and a weekend filled with L.O.V.E.?  Yes, please.

From the Bride… Kelvin and I have a “non-sappy” relationship, or so we say, with an inane amount of playfulness. We are also transplants and have lived in six countries between us. With guests from over the world, we felt that a weekend-long celebration was in order — one that was fun, intimate and a little quirky. To make the most of our weekend-vacation-interrupted-by-a-wedding, we chose the picturesque Monterey Bay, just two hours south of where we live in San Francisco. We stayed at Hyatt Regency’s President House, a spacious villa where we hosted all pre- and-post wedding festivities for 60+ guests. We said our vows in the Rose Garden at Monterey Museum of Art, while our reception was held inside MMA’s historic, Art Deco mansion, where the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin once stayed. Despite three full days of festivities, the wedding day flew by in a flurry. I am ever so grateful for my uber-talented cinematographer (whom we consider a friend!) for capturing our day.

It was a warm October day. I remember the way sunlight filtered through my silk organza dress, the huge balloons billowing in the wind and a groomsman jumping in the pool instead of getting dressed! I remember the blush dahlias and fragrant English roses in my heavy bouquet, as well as the breathtaking arrangement my florist made for MMA’s Spanish courtyard. I remember Kelvin rolling his eyes at the four “extra” pairs of Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon pumps in different colors, one of which was destined to be paired with my post-ceremony evening gown. Funny, after all the serious shoe-decision-making, I forgot to change into my evening gown anyway.

As I watch our video, I am reminded of a day we felt so humbled by the boundless love that our friends and family have for us. A little Russian princess tossing petals, my maid-of-honor’s touching speech, my imagining Liz Taylor dancing where we danced. Most of all, I was deeply moved by my “non-sappy” husband who cried the ugly cry as he said his heartfelt vows, my bridesmaids giggling and crying along with him, and the ridiculous amount of laughter that punctuated our ceremony. Oh, the impromptu sing-along session and the waltz we perfected and promptly forgot because we were laughing too hard. I remember our friends groaning at us for being, well, a little overzealous with the amount of food we served. After the cocktail hour and five-course meal, we had to pack the after-dancing mini sliders and sweet potato fries (in paper cones!) for the after-party instead. I swear I saw people stuffing their pockets with salted caramel macarons! After our farewell brunch the following day, the entire bridal party hunkered down pool-side to attack the leftover wedding cake while cringing over the embarrassing Polaroids we took of the night before, feather boas and all.

I was incredibly lucky to have talented people who beautifully translated those bits of inspiration swimming inside my head into real life. My florist, Melody King and my coordinator, Mary Lisa, were such troopers. Of course, an army of patient Etsy designers certainly helped! Our wonderful friend and officiant summed up our wedding best, that it was a celebration of our community — the joining of two people, supported by a community of loved ones, for one special day and many more to come. We are so lucky indeed.

Wedding Photography: Sergio Mottola / Wedding Venue: Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, California / Floral Design: Melody King of Fleurish Floral Designs / Wedding Coordination: Mary Lisa Kuhn of Peace of Mind Coordination / Wedding Cinematography: Kale Fitch Productions / Catering: Classic Catering / Wedding Cake + Macarons: Patisserie Bechler / Magnolia Cake Topper: DK Designs / Cake Stand: Adaura / Save-the-Dates: Wood Chick / Custom Map: Jane Sloss of Hand Painted Wedding / “Treasure Map”: Michelle Rene of arteriole / Vintage Busroll: Monica Sundberg of Hirondelle Rustique / Harp, Piano + Flute: Michael Culver of Monterey Trio / Lighting + DJ: DNA Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bride’s Headband: Bethany Lorelle / Bride’s Earrings: Kevia / Bride’s Shoes: Prada / Bride’s Sweater: Kate Spade / Bride’s Evening Gown: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Evening Gown Shoes: Vivienne Westwood by Melissa / Bride’s Dancing Dress: BCBG / Bride’s Dancing Shoes: Desmos / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit + Shirt: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tie + Watch: Burberry / Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole / Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Wedding Rings: Union Street Goldsmith

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Tarpy’s Roadhouse Wedding by Charmed Events Group

California weddings have a way of capturing our hearts. It never fails. When we have a Golden State gem in the cue, we prepare ourselves for a little head-over-heels trip to the land of gorgeous. Today’s trip comes in the form of an ultra-romantic Monterey affair crafted from beginning to end by Charmed Events Group. It’s boasting a mesmerizing color palette of hazy pastel hues and a whole lot of camera magic by the wildly talented Gladys Jem Photography. This is indeed a great way to start a Monday. Grab your coffee and head into the gallery for a whole lot more.

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From Frances of Charmed Events GroupGuemmy and Howard’s love story is one that unfolds like a fairytale. Guemmy was working abroad in Japan and right when she thought she was done with working internationally, she met Howard the night before her flight back to the states. After a night of conversations and laughing, Guemmy extended her stay, and soon the two were an item. Since Guemmy had already re-located her work to the States, she and Howard had a long distance relationship. After almost two years of this long distance love, they decided that they wanted to be with one another once and for all and got engaged!

Guemmy and Howard really wanted their wedding to be a true reflection of who they are.The location that they chose for their intimate celebration was Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey, California. We pulled in a light color palette to match the “secret garden” feeling of the venue and decided that sage green, peach, strawberry pink and summer yellow were the perfect blend.  Because 100% of their guests flew in from out of country, they wanted to make the wedding feel as homey and sweet as possible, so we hand-made pillows in modern garden prints to place on the chairs at the ceremony. Guests were served a variety of the bride and groom’s favorite snacks for hors d’oeuvres, such as mac and cheese, mini meatballs, and chips and salsa.  Guest escort cards were whimsically hung from a wall of ivy with pastel colored ribbons hanging from different heights while the sweet notes of a Spanish guitarist filled the evening air.

For the reception, guests were seated either in Tokyo or Sunnyvale, which represented the location points of their long distance love. Each guest place setting had a handkerchief napkin with a customized menu tied with lavender and twine that greeted them. We added color to the table not only with a variety of soft garden flowers, baby’s breath and wild flowers for color, we also used all of the colors of our color palette for all of the stationery for the reception, in which we monochromatically alternated per guest seating. We had lots of candles and hanging lanterns in the reception tavern to create the feeling of romance. Dinner was warm and cozy, as it was purely a gathering of their closest friends and immediate family. Guests were treated to a fabulous dessert bar, which included a kettle popcorn bar (one of the couple’s food obsessions), mini apple and pumpkin pies, cake pops, and a small cake for the newlyweds. The dessert bar was a great treat for the guests because most of them had never seen or heard of the concept of a dessert bar. Guests were given favors of “cupcakes in a jar” with the couple’s favorite flavors: chocolate peanut butter and strawberry shortcake.

Wedding Photography: Gladys Jem Photography / Wedding Venue: Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey, California / Wedding Design, Planning, Flowers + Stationery: Charmed Events Group / Dessert Bar: Creative Cake Bites / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals Limited Collection + Custom Lace Sleeves / Bride’s Shoes: Caparros / Veil: En Vogue Bridal Accessories / Bride’s Sash: Private Label by G / Hair Flower: David’s Bridal

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Monterey Plaza Hotel Wedding by Michael L’Heureux Photography

We L.O.V.E a fabulous traditional soiree here at SMP and this darling Monterey Plaza Hotel wedding is EXACTLY what we needed to kick off the week.  With gorgeous florals and event design by Therese Jacinto Design, a pair of stunning Badgley Mischka heels and a breathtaking seaside setting, you’ll spend every last second of your Monday falling head over heels in love.  Yep, it doesn’t get any better than a day of pretty, pretty inspiration and with an entire gallery overflowing with brilliant images captured by Michael L’Heureux Photography, you can mark that a guarantee.  Click here for more.

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From the Bride… When James and I began planning our wedding, we both agreed that we wanted to keep things fairly simple and stress-free. And we were really fortunate in that the vendors we worked with — from our jeweler to our seamstress to Michael at the tux rental store — were just the nicest people! But three in particular stand out above all the rest: our venue, photographer and florist were like the Triforce of wedding vendors. Having a fancy wedding, much less one nice enough to submit to a wedding blog, was just about the furthest thing from our minds during the planning process, and I think it’s really a credit to these three in particular that our wedding turned out as nicely as it did. James and I chose to get married in Monterey because we love the beach (we are honeymooning in the Tahitian islands!), and we chose the Monterey Plaza Hotel in particular because it had such a romantic and elegant beach resort atmosphere, as well as an incredibly helpful and courteous catering manager, Alexis Davis. I think we chose well because, in the end, both of these factors contributed heavily towards our achieving not only a lovely wedding, but an incredibly stress-free one as well! I was fortunate enough to be referred to Therese Jacinto for my wedding flowers. An event/interior designer by trade, Therese had impeccable taste and a flair for floral design. For example, after I mentioned how I’d wanted to incorporate some subtle oceanic elements into our décor but was worried about it being campy or touristy, she put together a romantic driftwood/pearl/seashell design piece for our guestbook table that was so elegant and beautiful, it just took your breath away! Her centerpiece arrangements were classic and timeless, but at the same time modern and fun. She convinced me to consider carnations as a more economical option for the pomander balls I so badly wanted — even though carnations were the one type of flower I was dead-set against — and they turned out absolutely adorable!

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was right after the ceremony when the wedding party took our photos on the beach against the backdrop of an old abandoned cannery building. We waited until after the ceremony for this shoot because we knew there was a good chance my dress would get dirty on the beach, and it’s lucky we did because we ended up getting caught in a pretty big wave at one point! Our photographer, Michael of Michael L’Heureux Photography, was so awesome about it, and I didn’t even realize he probably spent the rest of the evening walking around with soaking wet shoes/socks until much later when one of my bridesmaids mentioned it. It really made our wedding that much better having a photographer who was not only talented and skilled professionally, but someone we all genuinely liked as a person as well. Another highlight was during our dinner reception… James and I love playing games, so we had prepared a pub trivia game where the questions pertained to our lives together, including a music and picture round that got a lot of laughs. Our DJ had never even heard of pub trivia, but he played his role as Quizmaster Joe with relish, and the game ended up being a blast!

At the onset of our planning, James and I agreed that aside from our venue, florist and photographer, we’d be more economical in our budgeting. For example, I bought a gorgeous used Monique Lhuillier dress from Preownedweddingdresses.com for more than 50% off the retail price. As an added bonus, the previous owner of the dress had been the same size as me, so alteration costs were minimal. As another example, James and I made our invitations and programs using resume paper from Target and card stock from Kinko’s. We saved a bundle and got compliments! Hopefully, our wedding gives hope to other brides out there, who perhaps don’t want to spend a fortune or dedicate a stressful year of their life micromanaging every detail, that a lovely wedding can be had without either of the aforementioned issues.

Wedding Photography: Michael L’Heureux Photography / Wedding Venue: Monterey Plaza Hotel / Floral + Event Design: Therese Jacinto Design / Catering + Cake: Monterey Plaza Hotel / DJ + MC: Joe Cannizzaro of Kelly Productions / Officiant: Ken Robins / Engagement Ring: Custom design by Chabo’s Jewelry / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Preownedweddingdresses.com / Alterations: Studio Trousseau / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Makeup: Narimi Baek / Hair: Maureen Takano + Nina Wu / Groom’s Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Bridesmaid Bracelets: Rachel Leigh

Badgley Mischka and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.