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Elegant Carneros Inn Wedding

I love the little personal touches infused into weddings. It’s those details that hit me the most. Take this Napa fete from Amazae Special Events and Jennifer Skog for instance. Not only did this adorable duo’s love blossom in the fourth grade, but on top of that they had the Groom’s brother officiate their ceremony, followed by the stowing away of their vows with a bottle of wine to be opened back up on their fifth anniversary. Now, how sweet is that? See the rest of this beautiful day right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… The two of us have known each other for over twenty years, having met as children in the fourth grade of elementary school. Fast forward through a friendship that lasted throughout middle school, high school and college, we went our separate ways as life led him to Palo Alto and me to San Diego, 500 miles apart. We reconnected years later and things never felt more right. After six years of dating, three of which were long distance before I relocated to Palo Alto, he proposed to me while overlooking the ocean on a weekend getaway to beautiful Carmel.

Our fantastic event designer and planner, Crystal Lequang, helped us narrow venues down until we came to The Carneros Inn. We were smitten with its intimate feel and perfect balance of modern luxury and California chic. As evidenced by the fruit trees and vegetable gardens on the grounds, The Carneros Inn’s restaurant, Farm, focuses on seasonal foods from the Napa Valley. Being lovers of our local markets and farms, this truly spoke to us and we were so excited to craft a memorable and delicious menu of our favorite foods and wines.

We dreamed of a personal, meaningful and classic wedding that wouldn’t be overly formal; romantic yet masculine with a touch of elegance and a hint of the outdoors. We wanted to be mindful of the things that would make our guests feel at ease and a part of a warm celebration of our love. Oh, and of course, we wanted it to be a fabulously great time! We dove right into the details and decided on a palette of soft blushes, champagne, ivory and gold to be carried throughout the day. And there was no shortage of inspiration as we pulled from sources such as the venue’s apple orchard, an extremely unique chair in the style of Louis XV that would become a part of the outdoor vignette, beautiful organically shaped gold charger plates, and even the details of my wedding gown.

Keeping in mind how we wished for the day to be personal and meaningful, we asked Toan’s brother to officiate for us and decided to write the ceremony together with stories of our childhood meeting and hopes for the future. We also chose to write our vows and read them to each other amid both laughter and tears. A wine box ceremony wrapped things up where our vows were stowed away with a bottle of wine to be read and enjoyed on our fifth anniversary. After sealing our commitment with a kiss, we walked back up the aisle to a joyous rendition of “It Had To Be You” and led our guests on a parade through the resort among the fruit trees and cottages and began the celebration.

I loved every single moment of the day, but if I had to choose some highlights I would include: reading my vows to my oldest, dearest friend; feeling overjoyed to be surrounded by our loved ones when we were all seated for dinner; the phenomenal same-day-edit video that was shown, and our first dance. Since I would be the first to admit to having two left feet, we decided to take lessons and had a simple choreographed routine to “Dream a Little Dream of Me” that was sweet and a little playful. Toan would be sure to add that some of his highlights were the awesome band that played covers of his favorite Journey songs, the Vespa that not only served up scoops of gelato but was the perfect photo op, and the very popular late night bites of sliders and grilled cheeses after all that dancing!

Our wedding day was full of happiness and the moments were sincerely us. We are thankful for our nearest and dearest who attended, and of course, our amazing team of vendors. They are all so exceedingly talented, completely genuine and brought so much heart to the day and helped us create extraordinary memories. Toan and I could not be more grateful.

Photography: Jennifer Skog Photography | Videography: Burkhart Studios | Event Design: Amazae Special Events - Crystal Lequang | Event Planning: Amazae Special Events - Crystal Lequang | Cake: Inticing Creations | Stationary: Marizette Paperie | Band: Livewire Band - Through Entire Productions | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Touch Of Strings | Flipbooth: The Laugh Box | Florals: Cherries | Gelato Bar: Café Scooteria | Make-up / Hair : PMA | Resort: The Carneros Inn, Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA, United States

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Elegant + Modern California Ranch Wedding

When I see the words “ranch wedding” there’s a certain image that comes to mind. And while we love our rustic weddings dearly, this bride did it on her own terms…without a mason jar or speck of burlap in sight. She opted for modern black and white stripes with pops of gold, and along with the help of Vanessa NoelSweet Memories and Anna Delores embodies what the SMP wedding is all about.

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From Vanessa Noel Events… Ariana and Taylor’s wedding was one filled with tribute–to their families, their heritages, and to their faith. Ariana’s father, like so many in California’s Central Valley, is a farmer. Ariana grew up on a dairy in the middle of hundreds of acres of almond trees so it only made sense that she and Taylor would get married in her hometown church with a reception on a ranch. But Ariana didn’t want the details that we’ve come to expect from a ranch wedding–no burlap, lace or chippy paint here. Ariana wanted a classic, elegant style that she knew she’d love for years to come.

We put together a palette of black and white, with lots of gold touches and beautiful, lush greenery to bring in the perfect nod to Taylor’s Irish roots and the March wedding date. Crisp black and white stripes brought sophistication to the decor while flowing garlands added soft romance and just the right touch of “country.”

Specialty linens, all-white lounge furniture, and an escort card display of mirrors brought glamor to the rustic venue. The tulips in the centerpieces, the stroopwafel (wafer cookie) favors, and the horse and buggy were all tributes to Ariana’s Dutch heritage. In fact, Ariana’s parents rode on the very same horse and buggy (owned by a local Dutch family) when they were married over 20 years ago!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Agape Films | Styling: Vanessa Noel Events | Florist: Sweet Memories | Cake: Goodies Cookies | Ceremony: Tulare Community Church | Reception: Koetsier Ranch | Hair Stylist: Kaitlynd Griffin | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events | Draping: KSB Company | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Randi June Style | Photography - Assistance: Emily Kappen

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Colorful, Modern Geometric Shoot in San Diego at The New Children’s Museum

The creative geniuses out there in wedding land never cease to amaze me. It’s really incredible the amount of inspiration they crank out on the daily. And this heaping dose from Melissa Biador,  Penny Blooms Floral DesignNic. Roc DesignsLiz Cutrano (W.E.D. and Stevi Auble? It’s enough to inspire your whole darn week. It’s bright, bold and super beautiful - and there is more waiting for you here

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From Melissa Biador PhotographyThis local colorful and modern geometric inspiration shoot was put together by a handful of San Diego wedding vendors. The creative team wanted to showcase a fun filled, eclectic and modern twist to styling a wedding.

This styled shoot featured a non-traditional bridal gown from the designer Monique Lhuillier and a brightly colored magenta dress from Badgley Mischka both from Rent the Runway. Menswear was provided by A Better Deal Tuxedo, a local San Diego suit/tuxedo shop.

The colors were modern, bold and bright and infused with a mix of colorful centerpieces with Jonathan Adler vases. Many of the custom wooded laser cut items (table numbers, the “hashtag”, heart shaped blocks for table numbers) and custom Malvi cake signs were created and designed by Nic.Roc.Designs. The items featured a fun and modern look to this inspiration shoot.

This faux wedding was photographed at The New Children’s Museum, which also houses some of the most interesting exhibitions for children and adults alike as well as weddings and other events. The NCM was a perfect setting for this styled shoot!

Photography: Melissa Biador | Floral Design: Penny Blooms Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rent The Runway | Cake: Stevi Auble | Invitations: Nic. Roc Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rent The Runway | Hair: Gercy Galang | Suits: A Better Deal Tuxedo | Chalk Artist: Cami Robinson | Coordination: Liz Cutrano (W.E.D.) | Dessert: Malvi Joy | Jewelry : Mae Bolcobero (Stella & Dot) | Linens: Ultrapom | Makeup: Kelsey Doonan | Models: Ben Stoodley, Barry Ishikawa, Samantha De Galicia, Natalia Caldwell | Photography - Assistance: Shelly Anderson | Rentals: Raphaels | Silverware: Ultrapom | Venue: The New Children's Museum