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In Terms of Gorgeous, This Napa Valley Wedding Takes the Cake

The lighting will make your jaw drop, the photography will stop you dead in your tracks and the whole day will definitely be added to your Most Favorite Ever list. It’s modern, classic and elegant all wrapped into one and crafted by some of the wedding industry’s greats. With design by Laurie Arons, florals by Kathleen Deery Design, stationery by A Day in May Design and photos by Jose Villa, this ranch wedding literally and figuratively takes the cake.


From the Planner… “Life is Short, Eat Cake First.” The motto of our darling bride Sophie not only inspired a fun little treat for our guests, but pretty much summed up how enjoyable it was to work with this couple on planning their wedding. They embraced the beauty in life, didn’t sweat the small stuff, and all in all, had fun creating a special day for their families and guests. The wedding in Napa Valley had a fresh, crisp canvas on which to create the design. For the ceremony, we constructed a custom wood walkway and magnificent chuppah, which Kathleen Deery Design adored with spring blooms and branches. Sophie loves soft pink and white flowers, so there was no shortage of peonies in the bouquets and centerpieces. Little petits fours greeted guests at their place setting, with Sophie’s motto encouraging them to dive into dessert first. The big moment of awe came from the ceiling installation of hanging cherry blossom branches and glass bulbs in the center of the white barn. Over the outer tables, we hung a simpler version of the chandelier with bulbs only. I loved the combination of the two, for a mix of both romantic and modern. After dinner, guests danced in a clear top tent covering the ranch’s pool. The Hora at this wedding was so energetic and celebratory, I worried we might end up in the pool before it was all done. But guests danced into the night, before heading home with individual Bourbon Pecan Pies from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, a nod to Eric’s Georgia roots.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Wedding Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake : Perfect Endings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair and Makeup: Carrie Aldous | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Got Light | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Ranch | Dinner & Dancing Music : West Coast Music | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | On-site wedding artist: Greg Kalamar | Printed Materials : A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Table top Rentals : Classic Party Rentals

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We found your perfect wedding stationery… and a giveaway, too!

Pretty paper goods? Sort of our jam here at SMP. So to say we’re excited to introduce you to one of our fave stationery designers, Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla, is, well… a serious understatement. Because if there is anything that can brighten up your work week, it’s her one-of-a-kind works of stationery pretty. Fall in love with every. last. piece (+ check out her awesome giveaway) below.

Painted by hand in gouache (and fine-tuned in photoshop), each collection from Color Me Carla is absolutely unique and timeless in a way that will make your minimalistic hearts happy. Think a modern meets classic aesthetic with a balanced use of white space and a defining approach to symmetry.  Not to mention that each stunning work of art is sooo pretty AND printed locally on a variety of paper stocks (hello, luxe 100% cotton), plus completely customizable with colors and fonts.  It’s what we call absolute perfection… and the perfect way to let your guests know just where the party is at. We love.

Visit Color Me Carla’s website, Instagram and Pinterest to start your journey to the perfect stationery suite, including fab Save the Dates and even menus.  That wow-inducing invitation you’ve been searching for? Color Me Carla has it. We promise.


What: Color Me Carla is excited to announce her $1,000 giveaway! Yep – one lucky bride and groom will receive 100 invitations, reply cards and pre-addressed envelopes – with the option to customize color palette and fonts!

How: To enter, simply…
1) Follow @colormecarla_ on Instagram, and
2) Click the link in @colormecarla_’s profile to fill out a quick form

Who: One lucky bride or groom, chosen completely at random, will be notified via Instagram.  Contest ends 11.17 @ 5p CST. Good luck, lovelies! xo

How to Find That Perfect Wine Country Wedding Venue

Searching for that perfect wine country venue? We’ve got you totally covered. Because today we’re hosting a little meet ‘n’ greet with L’Relyea Events, aka, the experts at finding that seriously stunning locale of your dreams. Think a crazy cool Venue Scouting Package with a team of planners that knows everything about hosting an awesome wedding. Do yourself a favor and scroll for the deets.

Guys, we know finding “the one” – and we’re talking venue – isn’t always easy. We’ve been there done that. Which is why the Venue Scouting Package at L’Relyea Events is just. so. genius.  I’m talking an amazing day of venue tours, lunch AND wine tastings (yum), all with the help of a team of planners + designers that hosts some of the most breathtaking events you’ll ever lay your eyes upon. How does it work? First, the team at L’Relyea Events will meet with you + yours to discuss style, budget and “wish list” items, then they’ll coordinate a day of venue visits (typically 4-5) that totally fits your vision. It’s an amazing way to see just what your wedding day could be, sans the sales pitch. We are sooo on board.

Ready to find that locale of your dreams? Contact L’Relyea Events TODAY to begin the process. You’ll be meeting with some of the most talented planners in the biz AND getting a sneak peek into just what your wedding day could be with L’Relyea Events’ at the helm. It’s what we call a serious win-win.

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