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Take a Tour of Northern Cali with these Cuties

We’ve got a full day ahead of us, so let’s get started! First up on our romantic romp through Northern California is the Sutro Baths, and then onto some wine tasting, and a dance on the shores overlooking San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge. And our tour guides? This future groom and his bride-to-be. And the best part? Lindsay Madden snuck along to document it all – see more in our Vault right this way!

From Lindsay Madden Photography… I had the best time at Katlin and Nawder’s May engagement session which took us from the rolling hills of Napa Valley wine country to the relaxed shores of Baker Beach and lastly, we got to spend golden hour at the historic Sutro Baths in Lands End. It was a wonderful day and the perfect prelude to their September wedding in Napa Valley!

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography​ | Venue: Baker Beach | Venue: Joshua Tree National Park

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Family + Florals Make This Napa Valley Wedding A Winner

When your parent’s home is as beautiful as this, there doesn’t need to be much thought given to where to say “I do.” It’s simply perfect thanks to Julia Lake, and Hannah Suh captured it in its entirety during this romantic, sweet spring wedding that just makes me so, so happy. From the floral applique dress to the stationery and paper goods courtesy of Roseville Designs, I love every beautiful bit – hop on over to the Vault to see every detail and fall in love right along with me!


From Hannah SuThis wedding was, from beginning to end, a deeply personal one with lots of family connections and meaning. So I’ll let the bride tell it in her own words!

From the Bride… When we started the planning process, we wanted the whole day to be fun, organic, romantic and carefree. While it was important to find elements that made the day about us, we constantly thought about our guests and what they may enjoy the most or what it might take to make it a great night for everyone.

“Family” was the central theme for us and was what I seemed to tie back to every decision we made. We always knew that we wanted to have both the ceremony and reception at my parent’s home because home is where families make the best memories. For the ceremony, it was important for us to have a space that was unique and intimate because we would be sharing our most intimate and special vows with our closest family and friends. It was also important to have a location that held deep family ties. Fifteen years ago, I helped my late grandmother, Lila Jaeger, plant the olive trees that grow the olives for our family’s Jaeger Family olive oil (which we also shared with our guests at our reception). Removing a few trees from the center of one of the olive groves on the property enabled us to form new memories within that sacred place, and created the perfect intimate environment we were dreaming of.

When I was born, my Dad saved wine from our family wineries, Rutherford Hill and Freemark Abbey, for my wedding day (we were lucky that he had also saved wine from the following year when Harrison was born). Everyone was able to share this special wine with us over our Elaine Bell family-style dinner.

It was important for us to keep the spaces we were spending time in as organic as possible and keep nature as the centerpiece. We held the reception under bistro lights strung among the walnut trees and our wedding colors were picked to blend in with the garden. Most of the flowers we used were already growing in the gardens around us which made the reception seem like an extension of the surrounding property.

The flowers were my favorite part of the wedding and made the night all the more magical for me. We wanted the olive branches to be the predominant piece in all arrangements to tie in the ceremony, reception and familial theme. Soft light was also important and was accomplished with bistro lighting and hundreds of small votives scattered throughout the garden.

I wanted the style and design of the wedding to be organic and romantic. With the help of Julia Lake, that vision came to life. After working with her to pin down what I was looking for, she referred me to Happy Menocal to help design and create a beautiful wedding monogram/crest to tie in the invitation suite to the ceremony and reception surroundings.

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Photography: Hannah Suh Photography | Event Design: Julia Lake Parties! | Event Planning: Yong Suk Events | Floral Design: Julia Lake Parties! | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair + Makeup: Minted Styling | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Peck Phelps | Calligraphy: Haute Calligraphy | Band: Notorious | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Monogram Design: Happy Menocal | Paper Goods: Roseville Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)