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Weddings Unveiled

Let’s talk about the Weddings Unveiled bridal showcase for a moment, shall we?  That totally fabulous + totally inspirational gathering of wedding experts happening at the Embarcadero Center on September 13th.  Think a one-stop wedding shop with everything you’ll ever need to make that dream day a reality. Can’t wait to attend?  All you have to do is RSVP.

From an awesome fashion show from Bridal Galleria to free yummies from Kara’s Cupcakes to live music from DJ Twin Spin and Musical Heart Strings, the Weddings Unveiled bridal showcase brings together the best and brightest in the wedding industry under one incredibly beautiful setting.  Imagine an entire day of talking shop with one wedding expert after another (hello beauty demos from Peninsula Beauty + Christina Choi Cosmetics and photo lessons from Dianne Jones) and you are sooo on the right track.  Which means that ultra-romantic day you’ve been imagining (including that candy bar with treats from SF Candy Bar and Godiva)? It’s right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that crazy cool rehearsal dinner and going away brunch that will leave all of your guests talking, Snap Fiesta photo booth included.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Grab the one you love (+ your friends and family!) and start planning to attend the inspiration extravaganza known as the Weddings Unveiled bridal showcase.  The first 100 guests will receive a free gift (!) and copies of Today’s Bride and Here Comes The Guide.  And don’t forget about the FREE raffle with a variety of amazing prizes!  Your road to “I do” starts on September 13th!


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Saturdays are pretty amazing (it’s the weekend, after all), but when it’s a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it’s a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It’s a gift that is both stunning AND meaningful.  Do yourself a favor and say hello.

Imagine surprising your nearest and dearest with a breathtaking work of art that will truly stand the test of time and you’ll land squarely on Grace Portraits, a crazy cool boutique that knows all there is to know about capturing those uber-special moments with hand-drawn portraits commissioned from local Bay Area artists.  Not to mention that each gift is wrapped in customized monogrammed packaging with a special note from the artist… AND you can choose from a variety of sizes and price points (11×14: $300, 16×20: $500, 18×24: $700), so no matter the recipient or occasion, there’s a Grace Portraits’ masterpiece that is more than perfect.  Just check out our very own SMP bride, Ashley Hoffman, and her stunning Grace Portrait drawing below.

Visit Grace Portraits on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and then head over to their website to start your journey to the best gift ever.

Welcome to the family, Grace Portraits! xo


Rustic Chic Late Summer Napa Valley Wedding

A late summer wedding in Napa Valley, planned and designed to perfection by Jacin Fitzgerald Events with La Tavola’s lovely linens and Julie Song Ink’s delicate designs (these pomegranate place cards!)…. it really doesn’t get much better than this m’dears. Josh Gruetzmacher captured every shining second of this celebration, where the only competition to all this beauty was the Bride’s beaming smile. Tri Luu filmed all the action, and without further ado, see why I can’t stop babbling right this way!

At Home

From the Bride… Marc and I met in 2007 when we were in our last year at The University of Southern California; we sat next to each other in class and immediately became friendly. After a few months of which our friends jokingly called our “courting period,” we finally started dating and have now been together for eight years.

After moving to NY together, Marc popped the question one drizzly summer afternoon in Central Park. I was completely surprised and being so wrapped up in the moment I am not sure I even said yes.

We planned to get married in Napa, CA the following summer. Jacin, our amazing wedding planner, helped us to find the perfect locale, a private estate in the heart of Napa wine country. The gorgeous private estate bordered a winery and featured all of the rustic chic details we were looking for. The fruiting pomegranate trees on the property inspired much of the design of the wedding, and the rich changing colors of early fall became the perfect palette for our dream day.

The wedding itself fell on Labor Day weekend, a shocking twist of events occurred just a few days before when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Napa Valley. In less than a week our families and wedding planner seemed to pull off the impossible and relocate all of our guests to undamaged hotels and find a new rehearsal dinner venue in a matter of days.

On the day of, you would have never known all the chaos that had occurred in Napa. Our venue featured the most picturesque scenery and overlooked the neighboring winery. The day was full of so much love and silliness which was exactly what we wanted. All of the perfect details from the flowers to the toss bar, and finally the hand lettered pomegranate place cards, made our event so uniquely us and we could not have asked for more.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Videography: Tri Luu | Event Planning & Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Floral Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Grand Bakery | Catering: Milk & Honey | Rabbi: Michael Gotlieb | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Bridal Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Ceremony Sound: Avista Audio Visual Rentals | Dessert-Buffet: Eva Sweets | Flipbook: A Little Scene | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of The Bride Hair & Makeup: Betten Chaston | Musicians: Entire Productions | Paper Goods Design: Julie Song Ink | Tables, Chairs + Place Setting Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Valet: Signature Parking

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