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Mendocino Wedding from Melanie Duerkopp

This wedding is crazy beautiful.  Like in a blow your mind, leave you speechless kind of way.  Which is something we happen to be quite fond of here at SMP, so to say we’re excited to share every last moment with you would be a serious understatement.  From the breathtaking ceremony (hello, Bluff Overlook) to the downright darling details to the bride and groom who were so obviously meant-to-be, it’s just one beautiful moment after another filling our hearts with happy.  And the gallery captured by Melanie Duerkopp?  Simply amazing.  Join me there for all of the pretty. 

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From the Bride… My vision for our wedding started with a mood board. I wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and describe it as “simply beautiful.”  I pulled pantone swatches, images of flowers, settings, colors, desserts, foods and people enjoying themselves. We married on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino. The MacCullum House, a bed & breakfast in the village of Mendocino was where we held the reception and where we all stayed. Since there was already so much natural beauty in our setting, I just wanted to keep things simple, but detailed. I wanted people to understand why we chose the place we did and I wanted to enhance the natural beauty of our surroundings. I chose coral for the main color and I used charcoal gray with bits of sage green as the neutrals.

The men and ushers dressed in charcoal suits accented with coral paisley ties. My Maid of Honor and Flower Girl dressed in coral dresses from J.Crew. My mother, sister and I made about 20 tissue paper poufs in all shades of coral and white to hang from a tree at the entrance of the ceremony site. This along with a wedding sign marked the entrance. Hundreds of flower petals in the same colors led people down the path to our site. We had our florist build a simple wooden arch for us to get married beneath. Mason jars with beautiful combinations of flowers (all soft, flowery and romantic) marked the chairs bordering the aisles. I bought an Anne Barge dress from a sample sale and completely altered the entire dress (save the skirt) with a seamstress. I wanted everything to be soft and romantic.

I bought about 50 white pillar candles and hundreds of votives that we filled the dining room at the Mac House with. The warmth of the light against the dark mahogany wood created an intimate setting for dinner. We chose long dining room tables for our guests to gather around. I chose centerpieces that were low and scattered in small mason jars across the tables. I bought simple white runners for our tables along with different shades of grosgrain ribbon in our colors to lay beneath them. We created signature drinks based on our favorite spirits also in our colors. Hers: the lady sipper made with vodka, peach and citrus; His: gin, dill, soda water and lime accented with grey swirl straws. Our favors were small boxes in charcoal grey accented with coral grosgrain ribbon personalized with our last name initial, J. These were filled with a traditional Lebanese gift of Jordan almonds. Additionally, we created gift bags filled with local treats made by local caterers. I put the hang tags together by stamping our initials along with the date on coral tags from the Paper Source. I even bought coral gingham wrapping paper for our jars of honey that we gifted!

Wedding Photography: Melanie Duerkopp | Ceremony Venue: The Bluff Overlook in Mendocino, California | Reception Venue: The MacCallum House in Mendocino, California | Officiant: Dr. Rev. Habib Badr, Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, Lebanon (family friend) | Wedding Coordination: Lori Squillace from The MacCallum House | Floral Design: Rosa Wyglendowski from L&R Farms | Event Design: the Bride | Catering: Executive Chef Allen Kantor from The MacCallum House | Desserts: Sharon Robinson | Honey: Mendocino Jams & Preserves | Sweet + Salty Treats: Jacquelyn Hewitt (paintblues@gmail.com) | Guitarist: Sergei Bassehas | DJ: Johanna Schultz | Favor Boxes: Simple Tastes | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Custom Tailoring: Szuszanna Rudolf  | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | After-Party Dress: Diane von Furstenburg | Makeup: Amy Wall from Mendocino Beauty

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Hillsborough Wedding from Weddings by Sasha + Outlined Productions

I love weddings and I love to talk about weddings, so to say it’s rare that I am at a loss for words would be a serious understatement.  Until today.  Because this gorgeous Hillsborough affair from the geniuses at Outlined Productions?  It’s leaving me all kinds of speechless… and then some.  On my list of oh-so-fabulous reasons?  The chic black and red color palette, the Old Hollywood vibe and the beyond breathtaking al fresco setting.  And don’t forget the gorgeous bride and groom, who are literally beaming in every beautiful image snapped up by Weddings by Sasha.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The Crocker Farm House was offered to us through my father’s best friend. It’s an old farm house from the mid-1800′s that used to be horse stables before being converted into a home. I spent some time at the house in my early childhood, splashing around in the pond and jumping into the pool during the summertime with my siblings. We always wanted to get married outside with the scenery as our backdrop and the Crocker Farm House really brought together our vision.

Florist and bridesmaid, Becky Reinhart-Polanski arranged all the floral arrangements, bringing the whole romantic vision to life. Flowers were a mix of Black Baccara Roses, Red Freedom Roses, Black Dahlia, Purple Stock, and Purple Trachelium. My dress was made of cotton & silk and the gown was from the Vineyard Collection for Priscilla of Boston. I made my veil and the gloves were vintage and purchased online. My gold statement necklace was by Bella Noel. The Bridesmaid dresses were Silk taffeta by Jim Hjelm. The groomsmen wore black suits from a mix of designers of their choice and the groom was dressed in head to toe Tom Ford.

Wedding bands were designed by Jeweler Nick Engal, and my engagement ring is a non-traditional 1950′s diamond cocktail ring. Jamal and I both share a love for vintage/Old Hollywood Glam aesthetics, which inspired the deep red color palette for florals and the black, white linens and wedding attire. 

We had 100 ambre (White to black) paper windmills that lined the side of the ceremony area. Two sets of corn hole games set up at the reception for guests to play. Instead of having a cake, we had a pie stand set up for guests to help themselves throughout the night as well as a vintage popcorn machine, since the groom’s favorite food is popcorn. The night ended with over two hundred sparklers lighting the event as everyone danced and sang while the night drew to a happy end.

Wedding Photography: Weddings by Sasha Gulish / Wedding Location: Private Estate in Hillsborough, California / Event Planning: Outlined Productions / Floral Design: Becky Reinhart from Mums Floral Design / Officiant: Jared Rivera / Catering: Sam Josi from Mamacita / Dessert: Pietisserie / DJ: Chris Harnett / Ceremony Music: Andrew Blair / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Jewelry: Bella Noel / Rings: Nick Engal / Bridesmaid Attire: Jim Hjelm / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Hair: Lindsay from Mercer Street Salon

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Backyard Danville Wedding from Angie Silvy Photography

We’re total suckers for how-we-met stories and we just love it when our brides and grooms, just like this couple, are best friends. Because not only do friendships make for the best marriages, they make for the best DIY weddings ever. Long nights spent crafting and creating beautiful details for your wedding truly make for the best times. And when you’re as talented as this couple, well, you’ve got casual, DIY wedding style on lockdown. Angie Silvy Photography captured each and every moment to perfection and trust me when I say, there’s a whole lot more to see right here.

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From the Groom… Our wedding was located in beautiful downtown Danville, California, on September 8, 2012 at a colonial-style residence owned by Katie’s grandfather. All the work and time put into our wedding was done with the help of Spring Loaf Catering, Katie, her family, and the groom himself.  

Katie and I met in sunny San Diego at Jacks in La Jolla, formerly owned and operated by her uncle, Bill Berkley. We met on a Thursday night, out on the town. We hit it off right away, but as the night faded, we went our separate ways, but not before exchanging numbers. A year had passed with minimal contact between one other, until one night I saw her out again and was able to lock eyes with her. That began our journey together. From then on we became best friends, and that friendship turned into love, and we have never left each others’ side, going on six years strong. 

Wedding Photography: Angie Silvy Photography / Second Shooter: Robin Jolin / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Grandfather’s Home in Danville, California / Event Design, Catering + Rentals: Caroline of SpringLoaf Catering / Floral Design: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs / Flowers for Garden: Colleen Gorecki + Kathy Francis / Wedding Invitations, Place Cards + Programs: Designs in Paper / DJ: Infinity Pro Sound / Lighting, Wish Lanterns + Floating Candles: David White (The Groom) / Photo Booth: DJ Event / Wedding Dress: Rivini “Turquoise” / Dress Alterations: Janene’s Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Goodie Platform Pumps” / Bride’s Jewelry: Custom / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Antique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Suit + Shirt: Hugo Boss Black / Groom’s Cufflinks: Montblanc / Groom’s Belt: Burberry / Groom’s Bow Tie: Salvatore Ferragamo / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo “Bambino Wood Loafers” / Groom’s Watch: Technoluxury / Groom’s Wedding Band: David Yurman / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Groomsmen’s Pants: John Varvatos / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: Custom by Gucci

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Backyard Vacaville Wedding from Marin Kristine Photography

Navy and pink is such a classic combo. It has its roots set in the land of prep but with the addition of hand-crafted details coordinated by 2Chic Events & Design and some groomsmen who weren’t afraid to don polka dot socks, this combo was kicked into whimsical overdrive. And we haven’t even mentioned the cakes; a table of pink and blue confectionery treats created by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca that almost deserve a post all their own. They are the definition of too pretty to eat and fit right in with this sweet backyard affair captured by Marin Kristine Photography and Rebecca Wilkowski Photography . You can find even more right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We met in high school when I was a freshman and Jon was a sophomore. And after over six years of a long-distance relationship spanning between California and Oregon, Jon moved home and proposed while we were on vacation for my 22nd birthday. Our first step in planning was deciding to have our wedding at a close family friend’s home. Dan and Sue graciously offered their property as our venue as soon as they heard of our engagement. Their beautiful home is set in the hills of Vacaville. Dan pays attention to each detail of their home, which is evident to everyone who steps onto their property. When we discussed what we wanted our special day to feel like, we decided we wanted our guests to feel as though they were going to a laid-back party, celebrating the start of our new lives together and the love we share. From the claw foot tub with cold drinks upon arrival, to the hand written seating chart and personalized centerpieces, we wanted our guests to know that our hands touched every aspect of our wedding. We collected mason jars and wine bottles for months and created each centerpiece arrangement by hand. My mom and bridesmaids helped with everything. Becca and Nichole from 2Chic Events pulled our vision together perfectly the day of the wedding. Everything was where I pictured it would be, and she made sure we were stress free and able to have fun.

Something we both strongly believed in was making sure we found the perfect photographer to capture the memories of our special day. We are one of those couples that take pictures of everything. I blame it on our long-distance relationship. From the moment we met Marin Kristine, we knew she was the one. Her bubbly personality puts everyone at ease. She pours so much love into what she does, and we could not have chosen anyone more perfect to capture what we tried so hard to create. 

From the Groom… For as long as I can remember I have known that I was going to marry Cara. I know it may sound cliché, but she truly is my soul mate and I could not be happier that I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. When it came time to start planning the big day, I was a little unsure of what to expect. One thing we both really wanted was to have a long engagement. By doing so, we were able to figure out what we truly desired and make sure every detail was a representation of us. The best part of the planning process for me was the cake tasting. I’m not much of a dessert guy, but the hour we spent sampling and combining different options was great. The endless options led to us having four different cakes that were to die for! The best surprise Cara had for me on our wedding day was making the cake we cut into my favorite type of cake: funfetti. I think I asked her 50 times for funfetti as our main wedding cake and she kept saying no. I later found out that she had been planning with Hector and Rebecca from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca to surprise me all along!

I spent months trying to find the perfect wedding day gift for her. I went to Tiffany’s and found some beautiful fun jewelry, but I knew one thing would tug on her heartstrings like no other. I searched until I found the perfect gift, an autographed Brian Wilson “Fear the Beard” baseball from the World Series. Although I am a Dodgers fan, I have learned to love and embrace Cara’s die-hard love for the Giants. Overall, we put a lot of love and detail into our wedding. When it was all said and done, I know all our hard work paid off. All we wanted was for everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves. As the night progressed, the dance floor stayed packed with wine and champagne bottles continuously being passed around, so I think we succeeded. It was beautiful from start to finish and with help from our amazing team, our dream became reality.

Wedding Photography: Marin Kristine Photography / Second Photographer: Rebecca Wilkowski Photography / Wedding Venue: The Home of Family Friends in Vacaville, California / Floral Design: Stems / Wedding Coordination: Becca Smith of 2Chic Events & Design / Catering: Robin Perry / Wedding Cakes: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca / Cake Topper: Better Off Wed / Wedding Invitations, Escort Cards, Signage + Programs: DIY by the Bride & Groom / DJ: Blain Davis of Sundance Kid DJ / Margarita + Daiquiri Machine: Sweet Springs Rentals / Chair, Table + Linen Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Restroom Rental: United Rentals / Table Décor: DIY by the Bride / Head Table Glassware: Waterfall Designs / Seating Chart: South House Boutique / Parents’ Handkerchiefs: Embroidery by Linda / Photo Booth: The Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Custom Dress Sash: Darla’s Blooms / Bride’s Bead Bracelets + Twist Bow Ring: Tiffany & Co. / Bride’s Earrings: Her Mother’s / Bride’s Necklace + Pearl Bracelet: Her Grandmother’s / Bride’s Wedding Band + Engagement Ring: Gabriel & Co. / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka + TOMS / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Tissage / Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger / Groom’s Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Groom’s Wedding Band: Triton / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Key Bottle Opener Favors: Weddingstar

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Clos LaChance Winery Wedding from Lani Elizabeth

Weddings that include the words peonies, garden roses, and winery are guaranteed winners in my book, but when you also add in one of the most gorgeous brides ever, words simply stop working. I mean, yowzas. Not only is the bride a real knockout, but Clos LaChance Winery takes the cake for one of the most striking locations west of the Mississippi. And don’t you fret, every lovely moment of this day was caught by the camera of Terra Tabbytosavit Photography, all of which are in our gallery right here.

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From Lani ElizabethI was memorized when Cassie the bride walked in the door to our studio! Not only was she gorgeous and well-styled with a huge smile and such warmth to her, but she had the sweetest southern twang I ever did hear! We’re not used to seeing many Arkansas girls up here in northern California.

Cassie’s desire for her wedding was clear: elegant, vintage glamour in shades of pink. Not too stuffy, not too contrived and not too over the top. She wanted her guests to feel comfortable so they could relax and have a great time at a big party. Being an Arkansas native transplanted to southern California and having worked in Poland and all across Europe, this wedding was a destination affair for most of the guests. Held at the beautiful Clos LaChance Winery, the setting couldn’t have been more spectacular on their May date. Terra Tabbytosavit, the San Francisco-based photographer, did a phenomenal job capturing the spirit of the day.

With oodles of peonies and garden roses in all shades of pink, who could go wrong? Plus some succulents, of course, for fun. All the centerpieces were created with a hodgepodge of vintage vessels and stacked antique books from our collection, just like you might find at grandma’s house in Arkansas.

Wedding Photography: Terra Tabbytosavit Photography / Wedding Venue: Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin, California / Floral & Event Design: Lani Elizabeth / Catering: The Chef’s Table / Cupcakes: Icing on the Cake / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Necklace: Dillard’s / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Sabrina Snowden / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Warehouse

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Hearst Castle Wedding by Table4 Weddings

There is only one word for this next stylish soiree: Stunning. First of all the Hearst Castle is one of the most beautiful venues in California and Table4 Weddings has truly captured my heart with these flawless images. The impeccable taste of the bride and groom is clearly seen throughout the day – from the beautiful floral arrangements by Fantasy Floral Design right down to the adorable bow tie on their pretty pooch. It’s clear that this couple thought out every single detail, including the bridesmaid’s shoes (score!)! For more jaw dropping images, check out the full gallery here. 

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From Table4 Weddings…Drawing inspiration from the Castle’s existing architecture and decor, Vu and Linda designed their wedding alongside Orange County planner Michelle Groom of Mele Amore Events. Tying together soft hues of gold, ivory and peach, the various international elements flowed together seamlessly. As guests arrived at Hearst in the afternoon, they were welcomed by a tour of the castle, ending at Castle Terrace C. The ceremony was to take place overlooking the San Simeon Coast. Linda, dressed in Vera Wang, and Vu, dressed in a custom D&G tuxedo met in tears at Hearst’s famous Neptune Pool for their first look. Linda’s bouquet of fresh roses, gardenias and vintage broaches perfectly complemented the centerpieces also designed by Fantasy Floral. 

After the ceremony, guests indulged on tray passed hors d’oeuvres and were served single vineyard Champagne at the Neptune Pool as the sun set. Bells chimed, inviting guests to the main terrace where dinner under the stars waited. Handmade Swarovski napkin rings, gold rimmed glasses, and an immaculate table setting instantly set the tone for an evening of fine dining. A twelve piece band escorted guests to their places to the tunes of classic Sinatra on a stage backed by two hundred hand crafted flowers made with paper imported from France. The 12 course dinner had influences from several countries, with the signature dish served in young coconuts branded with Linda & Vu’s signature logo. As the night settled in, Hearst castle was left illuminated only by moonlight and the candlelit orbs that glowed each guest’s name; and only given life by the spirited crowd who had come from all over the world to dance and celebrate under the perfect California stars.

Venue: Hearst Castle / Wedding Planner: Mele Amore / Cinematography: Joe Simon Films / Florist: Fantasy Floral Design  / Photography: Table4 Weddings / Caterer: Furiwa / DJ & MC: DJ Dzien  / Wedding Cake: Let Them Eat Cake  / Musician: No Vacancy Band  / Makeup / Hair: All Made Up Team / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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