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Romantic Garden Wedding under a sea of chandeliers

In my mind, chandeliers have always been the benchmark for romance in an outdoor wedding. The more the merrier or so the saying goes and this garden wedding designed by Stacy McCain is awash with sparkling chandeliers. Plus pastel florals by Sharla Flock Designs and a reception backdrop as lovely as they come. Have a look at the images by Yvonne Wong and then prepare to get lost in the gallery for awhile.

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From The Bride…Dan and I got married on September 2nd 2012, 11 years after we first started dating in high school. We stayed together through college, long-distance, first jobs and apartments. We grew up together and we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of that.

We wanted to get married in wine country, because even though it’s only a short distance from Oakland where we’re from, you can feel like you’re a million miles away. We fell in love with Beaulieu Garden the first time we saw it, and knew right away that it was the place. The tree-lined drive and courtyard felt like a secret European hideaway, and dining under the arbor was the perfect combination of casual California and romantic elegance.

Most of all we wanted our wedding to feel personal, and tried to carry that through with all of the vendors we used. Our invitations, designed by Lotus & Ash (a friend from Dan’s days at Stanford) were inspired by the menus at Chez Panise, the restaurant in Berkeley where we first fell in love with food. For dinner, the amazing team at Paula Leduc recreated a roast chicken with bread salad dish from Zuni Cafe, which has become our go-to spot in SF. Our table numbers were photos of Dan and I throughout the years (including an awkward prom pic which I’m still not quite sure how that got in there…) Sharla Flock worked up the most beautiful arrangements in soft romantic colors that had reminded me of my grandmother’s rose garden, and Yvonne Wong and the masters at Seaglass Cinema captured it all for us to look back on.

The day itself was so filled with joy, we were both grinning from ear to ear the entire time. It was everything we hoped it would be, and ended with a our guests dancing into the night.

Photography: Yvonne Wong Photography | Videography: Seaglass Cinema | Wedding Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: The Glamourist | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: Jeff Virzi For California Mobile DJ | Photo Booth: Swag Bunch Photo Booth | Transportation: California Wine Tours

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Blush and Sequin Wedding at Murrietas Well

When Danielle Poff  sent over this stunner  of a soiree at Murrietas Well, I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s pure prettiness from start to finish, and simply screams SMP. The blush tones, the touch of sparkle, the sweet little details scattered about – every single image sitting pretty in this gallery makes my heart flutter, and you can see why here.

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From The Bride…I met Jonmichael when I moved to Boulder, Colorado from California in the fall of 2005. I could tell, and I was told, that Jonmichael was interested in me but the timing just wasn’t right for us yet. However, we became instant friends. We would spend lots of time together in Boulder and would go snowboarding in the mountains as much as we could. Snowboarding was a common passion and allowed us the time to have fun and bond.

In 2009, I moved to Denver for school and we did not see each other as much as we previously had, we lost touch a bit. In September 2010, on a whim, I called Jonmichael and invited him to come have dinner with me in Denver. I honestly cannot tell you what changed but the timing was right and during that dinner we both realized that our bond was stronger than previously thought and we wanted to pursue a relationship. We began seeing each other all the time and realized that it just worked between us. That following summer we moved to California for Jonmichael’s new job and we have been living together in Folsom ever since with our kitty Moxie.

Jonmichael’s mom, sister, and brother-in-law were visiting us in California and his family members were also meeting my parents for the first time. We had planned for a day of wine tasting in Livermore and unbeknownst to me, but known by everyone else, Jonmichael had plans of his own. We arrived at our first destination, Murietta’s Well. We were tasting the fabulous wine and I remember commenting on how quickly Jonmichael was drinking his first few tastings, I know now that it was for liquid courage! Shortly after, Jonmichael pulled me aside on to the winery’s balcony which over looks the vineyard. We were taking in the view and next thing I know, Jonmichael is down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Tears of happiness filled my eyes and I shouted, ‘YES!’ It was an amazing memory that I am so happy our family was there to witness and share with us.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Videography: Travis Ellston | Flowers: Wild Iris Designs | Wedding Dress: J'aime Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Wente | Hair: Paige Jeluso | Lighting: Magical Lighting | DJ: DJ Matteo | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: Murrietas Well | Film Processing & Scans: Photovision | Harpist/Flutist : Elegance Harp | Linen: La Tavola | Makeup: Jennifer Hicks

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Classic Casa Del Mar Wedding

Weddings by the sea are hands down my cure for anything. Doesn’t matter the coast, as long as there’s a sprawling ocean view and a spread of sand and I’m one happy blogger. And if it’s dressed in the prettiest nautical touches of navy and stripes like this Casa Del Mar fete from Jasmine Star, then it’s sure to keep me coming back for more. See the entire shindig planned by Intertwined Events in the gallery!

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From Katie Webb of Intertwined EventsA day full of cultural history and joy surrounded loved ones at Maya and Uriel’s traditional Jewish wedding at Casa Del Mar. The large Ballroom was filled with family who traveled from Israel to join in the celebration. Loved ones watched in awe as the newly married couple kissed under a custom chuppah adorned in luscious florals designed by Inviting Occasions.

The bride’s dress inspired the striped linens on the tables, as well as the stripes on the cake. She fell in love with the dress from a picture online and purchased it without even trying it on! His suit was custom made in a Navy fabric with a patterned liner inside the jacket. He also customized it with a little note inside saying “Mr. Right” and her dress had inscribed “Mrs. Always Right”.

Before the marriage ceremony, a customary bedeking ceremony was held. Uriel and the parents signed the ketubah, a gorgeous Jewish prenuptial document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom and relation to the bride. Maya welcomed every guest and said a personalized blessing for each individual.

In a beautiful twist on tradition, Maya was escorted down the aisle by both her mother and her mother-in-law! All of the ceremony elements were beyond special!

Talk about special, the couple made a donation to (our favorite cause), Recreation Camp, in place of favors!

Design inspiration was based on the bride’s desire for classic elegance. From deconstructed florals to an all white motif, this wedding radiated class! They had a custom gobo created for the dance floor. In lieu of a traditional guest book, the couple provided blank books at each table that also doubled as the table numbers. Guests were invited to leave well-wishes, advice for the newly married couple to read on the anniversary of the corresponding table number/year.

Guests were treated to a full dessert bar with a wide array of sweet treats and even goody bags to take a treat with them! If that wasn’t enough to satisfy a sweet tooth a s’mores station outside overlooking the moonlight dancing on the pacific ocean!

Photography: Jasmine Star | Event Design: Inviting Occasion | Floral Design: Inviting Occasion | DJ: Get In The Groove | Cake And Desserts: Butter End Cakery | Lighting : Infinity Lighting | Makeup And Hair: Kacee Geoffroy | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Planning: Intertwined Events | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Venue: Casa Del Mar

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