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Elegant Garden Wedding in San Diego

What happens when long-distance sweeties plan a destination ‘I Do’ in San Diego? I’ll tell you – whole lot of lovely.  Coastyle Events made sure California dreams were a regal reality with this Estancia Hotel affair. A picture perfect garden ceremony bursting with Sugar Rose Flowers and warm southern sunshine, every image from Heidi-o-photo lens is unforgettable including the Side By Side film below!

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From Heidi-o-photoMonika grew up in Poland and moved to the United States with her family, while Robert grew up in Michigan. Despite growing up so far apart and in different countries, they found each other and were a perfect match. After meeting, they were in a long distance relationship and traveled on many trips together. It was during a trip to Thailand that Robert proposed to Monika on a beach.

Since everyone would be traveling for their wedding they wanted to find somewhere in the United States that would have fantastic weather and lots of beautiful sights to see. So, San Diego it was! They were looking for a smaller boutique hotel, and the Estancia proved to be the perfect place. For the theme they went for a mix of vintage (in the architecture and gardens) and modern (in their clothing and centerpieces). Everything came together beautifully for their eclectic wedding day.

Photography: Heidi-o-photo | Videography: Side By Side | Event Planner: Coastyle Events | Floral Design: Sugar Rose Flowers | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cupcakes: Babycakes | Invitations: Write Impressions | Hair & Makeup: Clairestyle | DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson | Officiant: Pastor Jeremy At Seven SD Church | Brazilian Dancers: Brazilian Productions | Wedding Venue: Estancia Hotel

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

Wine cave? Yes please! This wedding led guests into a cave full of vino for an epic dance party, but not before they were immersed in a whole lotta pretty. With Fleurs De France and East Six setting the scene, guests were treated to quite a sight before they partied the night away. Suzy Berberian planned it all from top to bottom, and Laurie Bailey and New Classic Films captured every moment of this amazing celebration. I could ramble on and on but you can see it all for yourself right here!

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From Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events… It’s not often that a planner finds a couple so wonderful that they’ll change their entire calendar around to accommodate them, but that’s what happened when I met Joanna and Adam! From the start they wanted a fun, elegant and gorgeous wedding, and every detail over the next year was developed with those plans in mind.

The wedding design started off in romantic and clean whites and pale green, with Joanna’s bouquet formed with white peonies, roses and sweet peas. Dinner on the stunning Lommel Lawn showcased the meal with beautiful pewter patterned linen, silver-rim glass chargers, and more white flowers. Lavender was placed on each napkin with the place card to bring a touch of color to the settings, and anchor the card in the mild evening breezes.

After dinner guests were welcomed into the Wine Cave for a completely different experience! The cave walls were saturated in red lighting, and white leather furniture with mirrored accent tables offered a spot for guests to lounge when they weren’t out on the dance floor. Linens and pillows in burgundy and pewter completed the look for the cocktail tables and the stunning cake display. The perfect Napa Valley wedding for a fun couple with impeccable taste!

From The Bride… I met my husband in college, but we fell in love when he was living in San Francisco and I was in New York. When it came time to plan our wedding, our first thought was Napa. We had spent a few romantic weekends there while we were dating, and knew it would be an easy draw for our friends and family, who are mostly from the east coast. We made a trip to Napa to start planning, and fell in love with our venue, Calistoga Ranch, and our planner, Suzy Berberian.

Once we saw Calistoga Ranch there was nowhere else we could get married – it was so beautiful and the perfect size for the intimate wedding we wanted. With such a stunning setting to work with, we decided to emphasize the beauty and contrast between the outdoor and indoor spaces. The dinner was held on the lawn, overlooking the valley on one side and a lake and mountains on the other. As the sun set, the light played beautifully off of the silver linens and white flowers, accented with flickering candles. The long queen’s tables ensured everyone had a spectacular view and we loved the twist on the traditional that the layout and the family style dinner created.

After dinner, our guests drifted back to the Wine Cave, which was lit a vibrant red; the décor, the music and flowing cocktails ensured the night turned into the wild party we hope for – I even crowd-surfed in my gown! We loved the contrast between the first half of the night and the second, and that the venue allowed us to have, in turn, elegance and a bacchanal.

The day had so many highlights for me, but walking with my father to the ceremony is at the top of the list. It was incredible to see the faces of our friends and family, the incredible site high above Napa Valley, all of the little details we spent so much time planning and of course my husband, standing under the chuppah. It was an unforgettable moment, and the highlight of my life so far, to be surrounded by our loved ones and marrying the love of my life, all in the most beautiful place I had ever been.

The planning process was complicated by the fact that we live in New York, but made so easy by our planner Suzy Berberian. We made only two trips to California, and did everything else from across the continent. Suzy made it all so seamless and so much fun – she knew every vendor in the area and did an incredible job of taking my vague guidance and shaping it into our perfect day.

Our photographer, Laurie Bailey, was also an easy choice as I had been following her work for years after seeing photos had taken for friends. After our engagement shoot in Santa Barbara we knew that we not only loved her, but also that she would make us look amazing and capture the candid moments we love so much. We are so happy with the outcome and she was beyond wonderful on our wedding day.

Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography | Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | Flowers: Fleurs De France | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationery: East Six | Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six | Catering: Calistoga Ranch | Calligraphy: Owensquill | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals Napa/Sonoma | Officiant: Rabbi Lee Bycel | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cave Music And Lawn Microphones: DJ Jeremy Productions | Ceremony/Dinner Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Detailer/Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi | End-of-night Favors: Bouchon Bakery | Groom’s Tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Hair/Makeup: It’s A Date At The Powder Room | Ketubah: Ruth Mergi | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Calistoga Ranch | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Video: New Classic Films | Wedding Dress And Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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The Knot Crashers

As an editor at SMP, I spend more than my fair share of time wishing I could crash weddings.  And as an avid reader, I am sure you feel the exact same way.  Which is why The Knot Crashers event is so very, very genius.  It takes all of the finest vendors on the Central Coast and brings them together for a fake wedding, so you can experience the real deal while planning your Big Day.

The Knot Crashers isn’t just any old wedding fair.  Nope, it’s the coolest ever alternative bridal fair disguised as an amazing fake wedding.  Which means you can see, touch and taste your way through planning every aspect of your dream day.  Think yummy hors d’oeuvres and dinner, complimentary drinks, non-stop dancing and a goodie bag that is all kinds of fabulous.  You can party it up with the one you love (or your fab group of bridesmaids!), all while hob-nobbing with some of the most amazing and talented vendors you will ever have the privilege to meet.  Now that’s how you crash a wedding.

Are you ready to crash on February 21st at The Casitas Estate?!?  Head on over to The Knot Crashers website for more info on tickets and don’t forget to check out the amazing giveaway below!

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The Prize: Two lucky couples will win an engagement session with Sarah Kathleen Photography or Photography by Jay C. Winter!

To Enter: Simply purchase your ticket at The Knot Crashers website, type in the code “SMPgiveaway” and press order (don’t press the apply button).

To Win: Two winners will be selected at random and announced at the actual Crash on February 21st, 2015 at the Casitas Estates.

Terms & Conditions: Session must take place on Central Coast, California. The couple will receive a digital copy of high resolution edited images. One Couple will be picked per photographer. One entry for every ticket purchase allowed.

Crash away, lovelies. Crash away.

Photography: Photography by Jay C. Winter | Photography: Sarah Kathleen Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Events | Jewelry: J. Hannah Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Simply Bridal | Hair and Make Up: The Blushed Company | Coordination: Zest it Up | Dessert: Papercake Designs | Hair & Make Up : Courtney Rossi Artistry | Handmade Signs: Sign, Sealed & Delivered | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Private Estate: The Casitas Estate | Rentals: All About Events | Stationer: Morningside Paper Studio | Stationer: Olive & Emerald

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