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Fleurs de France

Flowers make people happy, that’s a well known fact. But wedding flowers? Well, those beauties cause elation! And when your big day bouquets + arrangements are done by the uber talented Fleurs de France, the pretty just doesn’t stop.

With over 20 years of experience, Jessica of Fleurs de France has created countless unique floral designs for couples saying “I do” in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Passionate about weddings, parties and events and endlessly creative, she helps her clients’ dreams become reality by pulling inspiration from the area’s breathtaking scenery as well as the couple’s personal style. Fleurs de France works closely with each couple to create a floral look that is truly special. Whether you’re hosting a traditional intimate soiree or a modern over-the-top bash, Fleurs de France makes sure your big day is completely stress free and flawlessly executed!

To see even more of their gorgeous work, be sure to take a peek at the Fleurs de France blog and head over here to contact Fleurs de France to start planning your big day!

Photo Credits: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Larissa Cleveland PhotographyLarissa Cleveland Photography | Jenna Marie Photography | Fleurs de France | Arrowood PhotographyBriana Marie Photography Wedding Planners: Stacy McCain Events | Cole Drake Events | Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | A Dream Wedding Venues Pictured: Calistoga Ranch | St. Francis Winery | Chalk Hill WineryGundlach Bundschu | Booneville Hotel | Harvest Inn | Chateau St. Jean


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Weddings Unveiled

As the days begin to shorten and the temps start to drop, it can only mean one thing: fall weddings are upon us! California brides, get ready to gather tons of inspiration at the Weddings Unveiled event from 11am until 2pm on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. This free bridal + wedding fair will get you on your way to planning your dream wedding!

This incredible free event (yes, free!) will help couples get a head start on their planning to-do list! All held in a beautiful setting filled with amazing inspiration, Weddings Unveiled will feature live music, a couture bridal fashion show by Bridal Galleria as well as 40+ top wedding professionals! This show is basically a one-stop-shop, where couples can check out incredible cakes, caterers, florists, invitations, music and even honeymoon destinations! Be sure to mark your calendars for September 14, my dears.

Not only will there be tons of amazing vendors, but there will also be giveaways, raffle prizes (such as 2 VIVO fascinators and a Motives gift bag) and special discounts, including 10% off invitations at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy! For more information on the event, check out the Weddings Unveiled Facebook Page, and to RSVP, head over here!



Intimate Nuptials in Napa Valley

I should probably just go ahead and apologize to the groom behind this next wedding. Because while he is incredibly handsome and I’m sure quite lovely, I can’t take my eyes off his bride. Her stunning smile, her relaxed boho chic vibe, her glow that every bride sort of craves. All captured perfectly by Caroline Yoon. And there is so much more of her – and their lovely wedding – right here in the gallery.


From Caroline Yoon Fine Art PhotographyStephanie and Brian’s intimate and elegant wedding was nothing short of perfection. They were wed surrounded by their closest friends and family at a private residence in Napa Valley, California. Their wedding day was truly a collaboration of talented friends and family who offered up their talents for the florals, the wedding cake, and many other thoughtful details. It was a beautiful, honest, and heartfelt wedding, and I feel special to have been a part of it.

Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Wedding Gown: Isabel Marant | Cake: Sugar Bloom Bakery | Catering: Ann Walker Catering | Makeup: Tahni Smith | DJ: Noel Wayne | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Reception Dress: Lover | Venue: Private Residence

Garden Sophistication with a Pop of Pink

A pop of pink is something we wholeheartedly stand behind and one that Leslie and Rosemary of Rosemary Events  have mastered the art of. This elegant, all-white, garden affair is infused with moments of sheer pink bliss, a.k.a. florals by Flowerwild that are wildly romantic and images by Jose Villa that take this already gorgeous wedding and makes it shine a little brighter.


From the Bride… We wanted our day to reflect the love we have for each other and our family and friends. Most importantly, we wanted it to be fun! We fell in love with the Beltane Ranch in Sonoma the moment we saw it. The quaint yellow house was the perfect backdrop and the views during sunset were absolutely breathtaking! We weren’t sure where to start but thankfully we found Rosemary and Leslie. They guided us every step of the way and the day was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. They helped us transform the ranch into the most elegant setting for our special day.

Walking down the aisle with my dad while the string quartet played my favorite song “Falling Slowly”, exchanging the vows we wrote to each other, the stunning candlelit bar, our beautiful table settings and flowers, our first dance as husband and wife, walking around the ranch during sunset to take pictures, Jackson’s delivery of ice cream sandwiches -Blake’s favorite – and dancing under the stars all night on a packed dance floor are some of our favorite memories of a day packed with incredible moments!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Invitations: Olive Route | Catering: The Girl And The Fig Caters | Hair And Makeup: The Make Up Dolls | Lighting: Twilight Design | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Effesenden | Day Of Papers: Tiny Pine Press | Florals & Design: Kate Holt Flowerwild | Ice Cream Cart: Jackson's Ice-Cycle | Linens: La Tavola | Planning & Design: Leslie & Rosemary At Rosemary Events | Reception Music: Josh Dukes Of Boutique DJs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Shuttles: Pure Luxury | Venue: Beltane Ranch

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Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

When it comes to looking glam from start to finish on your big day, look no further than Doie Lounge. These gorgeous + eco-friendly robes add a special touch to getting ready on wedding morning, but also make beautiful (and practical!) gifts for your ladies!

Made locally in Los Angeles of natural + sustainable fabrics, the Doie Lounge robes not only look amazing in “getting ready” photos, but they’re also a gift your ladies will wear again and again! Available in sizes x-small to x-large (and xxs in the Lilian robe!), these pretties look beautiful on both short and tall frames — and they stay put with both inner and outer silk ties! Available in a wide variety of colors and combinations (there’s now a blush colored robe called Betty!), there are even discounts for buying in bulk (here).

How gorgeous?! And if you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at} who can help you come up with the perfect robe! Also, be sure to ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as there are sometimes styles hiding behind the scenes. And be sure to check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties (here.). OH — there’s more!


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Willa robe from Doie Lounge in XS/S! If the winner needs another size, she can choose a different style robe. 

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, August 1, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography | Hair: Trace Hennigsen | Makeup: Artistry by Danika  |   Lydia Daniller |  Calloway Gable Photography  |  Maggie Thalheimer of Gerber and Scarpelli | Jeff Tisman Photograph


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Glamorous Napa Valley Wedding from Weddings by Scott and Dana

The sheer detail and glam gorgeousness that you’re about to soak up is beyond. It may be the pretty pastel palette, the peacock themed invites by Bella Figura or quite possibly the layers on layers of blooms from Valley Flora, that steal your heart. The list goes on, but one thing is for sure—Weddings by Scott and Dana have provided the gallery for our viewing pleasure as long as we please!

From the Bride… Austin and I met through his father at a chiropractic philosophy evening. We were asked to pair up holding hands and looking each other in the eyes for 90 seconds as an exercise in feeling what real presence is like. This was the introduction that led us to develop our friendship and then our loving relationship. As chiropractors we have a deep connection through the way we serve people together and the way we trust in the universal intelligence of life itself. We wanted our wedding to reflect this so that everyone who joined us would magnify the energy of love and faith together.

We chose to get married in the gardens of the family home where I grew up, in the Napa Valley. They also live next to a vineyard that was at the peak just prior to harvest that I knew would make an awesome backdrop for some of our photographs. The theme for the wedding was 20’s Glamour. My colors were based on a spectrum of color inspired by a white peacock feather and touches of gold. Both were chosen for their spiritual significance and beauty. I liked that by choosing the theme we could involve fun touches of ostrich feathers, white peacock feathers, and shiny glitzy things to make the day and evening glow. Their was also a touch of regular peacock feathers as an honor to my “sister of honor” who lives part time in India where they have special significance.

I loved the use of the feathers in my bouquet and the feathery and metallic touches in the bride’s maid’s dresses. I found designer Sue Wong for the dresses and helped each girl to find theirs online using sites like bluefly and ebay in order to help them manage cost. I used a pinterest board in order to keep them all tuned in to what was being selected, so that we could coordinate. I even had a designer from etsy make custom white peacock fascinators for all of their hair, which they wore in their own unique ways. I adored seeing it all come together as they were a dazzling display of beauty and love for me to be surrounded by!

For our invitations I was honored to win a Grand Prize from Bella Figura through their “Do Good Bride” contest. It was such a joy to be able to send out these beautiful invitations as well as to include printed menus at the reception. I adored the feel of the cotton paper along with the gorgeous gold letterpress peacocks. I kept the gold peacock touch by having our cake designer paint gold peacock feathers onto the cake.

I found my dress at a boutique in Alameda called Janene’s Bridal that I decided on based on yelp reviews and wanting a place that would be relaxed while still being totally professional. My head piece I discovered at a little shop in Venice Beach and was imported from Donna Crain. I ordered an ostrich feather jacket for the after party on etsy. Each detail was a joyful find!

The year was quite intense leading up to the wedding with me working on a documentary film I am producing as well as with my mom going through cancer treatments. The wedding planning itself, along with our very special wedding planner Yong, became a special way for my mom and I to bond on plans around something meaningful to celebrate. This made it all the more special seeing her that night dressed up in a 20’s inspired dress, surrounded by celebrating, feather adorned friends and family. I think our theme created a fun and fancy environment that encouraged guests to leave their every day world for a night in order to enjoy the magical one we were creating. The atmosphere was healing for everyone!

For table numbers I wanted to involve our engagement photographs since they were perfectly in theme and I felt would add a personal flair to each table. I used a gold paint pen to add on the numbers and placed them in table card holders.

Austin and I created our own ceremony by going on vacation together for a full week. We brought together elements that were meaningful to us and exchanged vows that we wrote together. Having our ceremony run by a friend who we felt was a living representation of love and marriage made it come to life. It was a magical experience. I especially loved when the children were invited to come forward to offer us a blessing of “play and discovery”. Since his family is full of chiropractors (I am the 14th!) we also involved the chiropractors in the audience to stand to give us a “blessing of health and vitality” as well as all of the stunt families from my side to give us a “blessing of adaptation and agility.”

I loved sitting down to our head table and seeing the party through candle light, crystals, gold, and roses while watching people dancing to our amazing 11 piece band. Our first dance “Unforgettable” sums up the sentiment for our life-changing wedding. I am grateful to everyone who came together to make it so special! Photographers, florist, wedding planner, musicians, caterer, tent and furniture rentals, friends, and family!

Photography: Weddings by Scott and Dana | Wedding Planner: Yong Suk Events | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sue Wong | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair: Jennifer Thomas | Band: The Speakeasies | Band: Silver Moon Big Band | Bridal Gown: Janene's Bridal | Bride's Headpiece: Donna Crain | Florals: Valley Flora | Linens: Latavola Linen | Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Private Residence: Napa Valley | Tent: Zephyr Tents

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