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Colorful Spring Palo Alto Wedding

I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that this wedding goes down as a SMP favorite. For starters, it’s the work of Marcy Blum and Nancy Liu Chin (aka, some of the best in the biz) with Stephanie Pool behind the lens. From the bright pink petals down the aisle to the statement bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s a risk-taking spin on traditional elegance that paid off BIG time. Get started in the gallery and don’t miss the film from AwesomeShot Studios

Country Club

From Marcy Blum AssociatesPlanning this wedding for one of my dearest friends?? children (we have been friends for over 45 years) of course held a very special meaning for me. I??ve known the bride and her siblings before they were born, and not having kids of my own, they are my surrogates.

Dana was raised in Palo Alto and now lives with her husband (Rob is from New York) in New York City where her mother, father, and I were raised. The bride and I have very similar taste and style and we lean towards the ??fabulous?, much to her mother??s chagrin.

One of the challenges for me was to imbue the very elegant but rather masculine and definitely ??clubby? Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club with some NYC glitz and glam without eradicating the wonderful California aura that Dana and her family are very attached to. The Club is also a venue that many of the guests are quite familiar with and I wanted to turn it into something that felt very different and very festive to them as well. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the banquet manager Helen Engelherdt (from ny of course :) was 100% with me on this project and made it far easier than it would have been otherwise. We served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the ceremony so that we didn??t impinge on any members golfing time when we finally set up.

The ceremony on the golf course (an outdoor ceremony was the one non-negotiable from the bride) began with Beach Boy songs performed by an acapella group and continued with a classical ensemble. After the ceremony performed by a friend of the couple, guests entered the ballroom from a different direction than usual. Guests were literally stopped in their tracks by the transformation of the club??s dining room. Using long tables, custom gossamer and gold linens, clever lighting and hanging crystals and blooms from the existing chandeliers,our team had rendered the club ballroom even to those who are there often, irrecognizeable.

A fabulous band after dinner was followed by a DJ in the sexy club we had built in the bar.

The entire weekend, starting with a Mexican tasting dinner in Palo Alto hosted by the grooms?? parents and ending with an around the pool farewell brunch at the bride??s parent??s home, was really the perfect melding of wonderful ideas and guests from east and west coasts, exactly as I had wished for.

Photography: Stephanie Pool | Videography: AwesomeShot Studios | Wedding Planner: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Enhanced Lighting | Afterparty DJ: Casey Connor | Beignets: Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts | Bride's Dress: Naeem Khan Via Mark Ingram Atelier | Ceremony, Reception, & Afterparty Venue: Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club | Cocktail Band: Samurai Gypsies | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hair : The Make Up Dolls | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Reception Band: West Coast Music / The James Gang | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Sound & AV: Design Sound

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Palo Alto Wedding from Therese Jacinto Design + Rizza San Agustin

I have this dream of spending every single breakfast, lunch and dinner outside, surrounded by candlelight and warm weather. Basically, I want my every meal to resemble this wedding – an affair full of easy elegance and a fusion of cultural details crafted by Therese Jacinto Design. It’s the true definition of alfresco beauty and you can see even more photographed by Rizza San Agustin in the full gallery.

Garden Venue

From the Bride…When Shardul and I decided to get married, we had in mind a very personal ceremony. Since I am Filipino and he is Indian, we wanted elements of both of our cultures in it. We also wanted a wedding that wouldn’t break the bank—something simple, but filled with small personal touches, great food, and great company. More importantly, it had to be one that we could plan remotely, since we wished to get married in the San Francisco bay area and we wouldn’t be physically present in the months leading up to the wedding. So we were certain we would only be able to plan the wedding with the help of my sister, Therese Jacinto, who lives in the bay area and just happens to be an awesome event and floral designer. Therese did a lot of the legwork for us while we were thousands of miles away, sending us pictures of things that she wanted us to approve, like the table napkins, flatware, furniture rentals, etc. The color scheme I wanted was a combination of gold and deep reds (maroon, burgundy, etc). Gold and red are actually traditional Indian wedding colors, so that worked out quite nicely—the colors were still wedding colors but because we used deep reds and just small touches of gold, it felt very modern and not at all stuffy or overdone.

I specifically requested for the table setting to have a seamless integration of Filipino and Indian design. For that, Therese found plates that we could rent from a local supplier which had a lovely gold design on the edges. I liked that they reminded me of the plates used for formal dinners in Manila. Therese also found a lace-inspired border to use for the menu cards which felt very Filipino, since some provinces in the Philippines have a long tradition of lace-making and embroidery which began way back in the Spanish colonial period. For a distinctively Indian touch, she found beautiful little bronze lamps in World Market that we placed in the middle of the table. We also hung up a few around the buffet table area. We were only having about 25 guests at our wedding, so we wanted to give small, personalized wedding favors to each of them. We decided that since we both love chocolate, we could give away small bags of chocolate truffles. My sister found linen drawstring bags for that, and ironed on the names of each guest. We put these bags next to each place setting on the dinner table, so they doubled as place cards.

Therese also came up with the idea of incorporating a travel theme to the wedding, as a nod to the nomadic lifestyles that Shardul and I had before finally marrying and settling in the bay area. We all loved the idea. I had always particularly been fond of vintage luggage trunks, so I was ecstatic when my sister found one at a local thrift store. I asked her to cover it with old luggage labels representing cities that were personally significant to Shardul and me (cities where we were born, cities where we’d lived, and cities we’d traveled to together). She found images of real luggage labels online, printed them out on heavy stock paper, cut them out, and stuck them all over the trunk. This became a key piece in the guest reception area during the wedding.

Our wedding cake also featured the travel theme, as it had a tiny plane on top of it. The plane was a small plastic plane that we found in World Market while we were shopping for the lamps. It was originally a bright yellow color, so Therese spray-painted it gold. Besides being a lovely little touch, the little plane was a hit with the kids at the wedding—they waited eagerly for the cake to be cut so they could play with the plane. In addition, Shardul and I especially liked that we didn’t pay a “wedding price” for it. Most wedding cake designers don’t take small orders, and we didn’t want the special fondant icing on it anyway since we think buttercream tastes better. So we actually just ordered our favorite cake from a local bakery (the “B-52” from La Patisserie in Cupertino), and asked them to only use plain white frosting on the cake. Therese then placed the gold plane on top of it after we had picked up the cake. The wedding was incredibly intimate and special, as we felt it really represented who we were. The fact that we were able to merge the traditions and elements of our two different cultures for the wedding, as well as tell a little bit of the story of our relationship before the marriage, was a lovely way to begin our new life together.

Photographer: Rizza San Agustin | Event Planning, Design, Florals, DIY Crafts + Paper Details: Therese Jacinto Design | Venue: The Gamble Gardens | Furniture, Linen + Flatware Rentals: Hartmann Studios + Classic Party Rentals | Decorative Lanterns: Cost Plus World Market | Catering: Amber + Patio Filipino | Hair + Makeup: Victoria Toda | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via David’s Bridal (Style VW351044) | Earrings: Borrowed from mother of the bride | Mangalsutra Necklace: TBZ | Groom’s Suit: Zara | Tie: Michael Kors

Palo Alto Wedding from Closer to Love Photography

There are so many sweet shabby chic inspired details at this wedding that I really don’t know where to start! From the little angel figurines to the wooden bird houses to the Scrabble tiles, I am overwhelmed with admiration for this creative couple. And can I be honest for a second? I am in love with ALL things shabby chic, so what I’d really like to do is go shopping at this wedding — I’d take home everything!! Closer to Love Photography captures all of it in the full gallery of photos right here.

And don’t miss the video (there’s a flash mob!) from Visia Productions:

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From the Bride… From the start, I knew my wedding had to be all about the little details. I wanted our wedding to be unique and to define who we are as a couple, but solving this task was a little bit more difficult than I had anticipated. Like all weddings, it all started with a lot of decision-making. Before this process, I thought I was good at making decisions, but that turned out to be one of the hardest things for me to do. This was our ONE and ONLY wedding, and I wanted it to be perfect. Having dreamed of my wedding a million times as a little girl, I thought I knew exactly what I would want, but when it came to actually making the decisions, I suddenly didn’t know what I wanted. Andrew and I were engaged for almost two years, and had plenty of time (maybe too much time) to figure out what we both envisioned for our day.

We booked our (first) wedding venue, and a few months later they went out of business. We then booked our second wedding venue, but after much thought, we decided it wasn’t for us. We then finally found a perfect, intimate garden in downtown Palo Alto, and we knew this was the perfect place for our perfect day! After thinking we had an amazing photographer booked, we found Closer to Love and immediately changed our mind and booked Sammy and Natalia! After booking the most important things, I started digging deep into my already made wedding binder that I started almost ten years ago. (A girl can always dream!) We finally agreed on a shabby chic-themed wedding, which resulted in us gaining inspiration from every antique store, thrift store and home goods store in town! The ideas were endless. I wanted to be sure that I made or purchased every single thing separately and put it all together, and that’s exactly what we did. We had the entire family helping — my amazing father-in-law built wooden tables; my crafty mother-in-law made the fabulous moss letters; my aunt, uncle and mom folded boxes and cut string; and my wonderful step-mom made 200 homemade cookies as the wedding favors. Everyone had a hand in putting together our wedding, and that’s what made it so special and unique.

I now believe everything happens for a reason. We may have had some problems making up our mind, but in the end, everything was perfect and exactly how we wanted it. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out, and we are so blessed to have had the most special day.

Wedding Photography: Closer to Love Photography / Wedding Venue: Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto, California / Floral Design: Flower Divas / Wedding Coordination: Danielle Paup of Magical Moments / Wedding Cinematography: Visia Productions / Wedding Cake: Studio Cake / Wedding Invitations: Amanda Day Rose Paperie / Save-the-Dates: Zero Names Left / String Quartet: Mission College / Reception Music: DJ Nik / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: Lone Star Limousine / Moss Letters: DIY by the Mother of the Groom / Parasols + Ceremony Backdrop: Flower Divas / “Chapel” + ”This is how our story begins” Signs: PB&J Creations / Wine Rack Escort Card Holder: Home Goods / “Find Your Seat” Sign: DIY by the Bride  / Wine Barrel Cake Table: J. Lohr Winery / “Love is Sweet” Banner: Company B / Market Lights: Hometown Evolution / Wooden Tables: DIY by the Father of the Groom / Guest Book + Guest Book Signage: Shabby Scrap / Guest Book Pens: DIY by the Mother of the Groom / Wooden Photo Blocks: Photo Barn / “I DO” Twine Letters: Ink & Hue / Wooden Bench: The Country House / Dream Frame: Mud and Metal / Vintage Coca Cola Crate: Northern Traders / Wooden Letter Blocks: New Creation Blocks / “LOVE” Letters: Choosing You / Wooden Frames: Kohls / Glass Terrarium for Cards: Home Goods / Mason Jar Decor: DIY by the Bride + Maid of Honor / Frog Prince + Moss Balls: Save on Crafts / Cookie Favors: DIY by the Bride + Family / “All You Need is Love” Favor Tags: Jamie Baldwin / Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia / Bride’s Garter: Simply Kate Grace / Bride’s Earrings + Bracelet: Nadri via Nordstrom / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend via DSW / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Julie Morgan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces + Earrings: Macy’s / Men’s Tuxedos: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s Boutonnieres + Escort Cards: Marshmellow Fluff

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