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Elegant Bohemian Wedding in Sonoma Valley

Bash, Please just might have the lockdown on crazy beautiful bohemian bashes. It’s official. Because time after time they craft affairs that are all at once elegant and classic yet have that certain wild beauty we just can’t seem to get enough of. Now couple that with blooms by Brown Paper Design and magic making imagery by Our Labor Of Love plus a film by Sharkpig that will rock your socks off and you have this beauty in a nutshell.

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Fall
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Winery
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Glamorous

From The Bride…Brad and I visited Napa shortly before getting engaged and fell in absolute love with the terrain’s simple, casual glamour. When we started planning our wedding, I asked Brad where in the world (if he could choose anywhere) he’d like to get married. Even as I asked the question, I knew my dream wedding would be an intimate, curated, al fresco affair celebrating our most cherished pastimes – family, friendship, travel, food, and wine – under the California sun. I was overjoyed when Brad looked at me and, without hesitation, responded, “Napa.” With little free time due to our jobs in BigLaw and being not-so-conveniently situated in Philadelphia, we relied heavily on Melissa and Sydney of Bash Please for the design and coordination of our destination, multicultural, interfaith soiree. They happily took up the task. Overall, we wanted the day to feel organic, casual yet befitting of the occasion, and lush but not over the top. Bash Please was able to strike the perfect balance. They crafted a bold, romantic color palette of juicy fall tones, natural textures, and navy accents for us. The ceremony was officiated by my younger brother (a recent Harvard Law grad and exceptional orator) and held in an open field, under a massive oak tree adorned quite simply with an airy cream drapery backdrop, and anchored by an antique wine-colored rug. Hearing my brother’s heartfelt and deeply personal words was one of the standout moments of the day. We set down a bouquet of flowers on one of the front benches in honor of Brad’s recently deceased grandmother. As a nod to my Latino heritage, guests before the ceremony sipped on Sangria, and afterwards enjoyed paella and a Spanish guitar trio.

Our reception was held in the ruins of an old winery — an open air but enclosed space with cobblestone walls enveloped in ivy. The reception decor took its cues from the deep burgundy tone of wine. Bash Please handcrafted wine-dyed table runners and a matching Smilebooth backdrop, as well as wine-dipped escort cards with navy calligraphy. To keep things from being too stuffy, they designed calligraphed Kraft menu bands that encircled the napkins. And as a play on the surroundings, the table numbers were displayed on cobblestone and calligraphed leaves served as place cards. Hand-drawn leaves inspired by our custom invitations also adorned the signage displayed throughout. Brown Paper Design created breathtakingly lush, wild arrangements of garden roses, dahlias, and antique hydrangea interspersed with local plums, cherries, and grapes. Brown Paper also hand-dyed just the bottoms of the oversized cream, curtain panels that served as our makeshift doors for the reception space. Dinner was served family style to encourage interaction and skewed toward what was in season and locally grown (with some of our favorites, including churros and affogato instead of a wedding cake for desert). We nixed the traditional activities and kept only the toasts and first dance, which we had secretly choreographed, but never in a million years thought we’d be able to pull off. Surprisingly, it was so much fun and, among such dear family and friends, felt completely natural. We’ll always cherish sharing wine country with our loved ones (most of whom had never visited before) and especially hearing about all of their travels up and down the West Coast and forays into San Francisco. At our wedding, a friend of ours told us it reminded her of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That description feels right in a lot of ways, but mostly because marrying Brad and having the people we love fly out to Cali to witness it all was, in fact, a dream I’d had since Brad and I first fell in love. I was elated and very lucky to have seen it realized in such spectacular fashion. We’re forever in debt to all of the folks who made it possible.

Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Videography: Wade! Of Sharkpig | Floral Design: Brown Paper Design | Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino For Kleinfelds | Catering: Jessica Lasky Fine Catering | Lighting: Impact Lighting | DJ: The Flashdance, Mike Cruz | Ceremony Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Cocktail Hour Musicians: Carlos Herrera Band | Coordination & Design : Bash Please | Dance Lessons: Society Hill Dance Academy | Lounge Furniture: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Glowing Brides | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Vintage Glassware & Gold Flatware: Casa De Perrin

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Rustic Ranch Wedding

No matter how long I work at SMP, rustic meets romantic weddings will always be some of my favorites. The sweet details and breathtaking settings mixed with the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet?  Gets me every time.  And this darling day is certainly no exception with soft lavender hues playing nice with a fabulous ranch setting.  See it all captured by Robin Jolin in the full gallery.

From Robin Jolin PhotographyJane’s family lives in Canada and Hong Kong, and Pete’s family lives in New Jersey. The close friends they invited were like their local family in San Francisco.  “Our families have never met so we wanted the wedding to feel more like a relaxed big family get ­together with delicious good food and wine to share.” 

There was a typewriter at the entrance for each guest to write the couple a note. Then each guest grabbed a refreshment and walked around the venue checking out all the pictures that Jane and Pete hung of themselves.

All of the guests sat a long table and each section had a chalkboard with a country. This matched the tags with each guest name.

Jane and Pete did not want to dance, so I got up on the balcony to get a lovely shot of him spinning her.

Bottom-line, this was the best wedding of my season. Jane and Pete did everything, it was calm, intimate, and a spectacular venue.

Photography: Robin Jolin | Flowers: Jaime Giorgi At The Monkey Flower Group | Catering: Preferred Sonoma Caterers | Make-Up: Veronica Passalacqua | Hair: Betsey Oliver | Cupcake Artist: Beyond Buttercream | Wedding Venue: Rancho Wikiup

Maravilla Gardens Wedding from Weddings by Sasha Gulish

Sasha Gulish and stylish weddings go hand in hand. So we knew we should sit down before opening this Maravilla Gardens stunner, but we had no idea just how jaw-droppingly gorgeous it would be. I mean, when you start off with a pair of  Valentino pumps and a Sarah Seven dress, you just know you are in for something good. Featured it in our latest SMP Fashion & Beauty Magazine, this wedding is the gift that keeps on giving. Oh and this gallery is just.that.good.

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Summer
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Garden

The Venue… Damien and I are both east coast kids living in LA, who knew as soon as we got engaged, that we wanted an outdoor California wedding. We wanted a laid back ceremony & reception that was easy and fun! I found Maravilla Gardens through a blogger friend of mine. It was the perfect location and they took care of everything including the delicious catering, leaving me with the time and energy to focus on the aesthetics. Being both in entertainment and being a style blogger myself, meant we were surrounded by super creative and talented friends who wanted to help make our day absolutely perfect. Everyone involved with the design elements of our wedding, was a close personal friend (or myself) making it an intimate affair, we’ll remember forever.

Dress & Shoes…I wore a Sarah Seven gown I found at Lovely Bride. After trying on a slew of large princess dresses I thought I wanted, it became clear, once I put on this beauty, that it was THE ONE. Simple yet intricate with a vintage feel. It was also the most comfortable dress and I happily wore it into the wee hours of the night. The shoes were a score the week before the wedding. I had given up on finding “the perfect shoes” which to me were something edgy that I could wear long after our big day. As soon as I “gave up” and decided to go with anything I found, entered a pair of Valentinos that were comfortable and cool, not to mention on sale for 40% off! It was very exciting. My girls wore dresses from Ceremony. I picked out the two colors and let each girl pick what style they wanted. We went for an “old Hollywood glam” vibe with the hair and makeup and they all accessorized themselves to reflect their personal styles.

The Flowers…The flowers were all done by two of my friends and improv teammates, Angela & Stacy. I wanted small bouquets that looked like my bridesmaids had picked them themselves. The location was so lush on it’s own, I didn’t want to overpower it with excess. We visited the wholesale markets in the LA downtown flower district and made prototypes, then a week before the wedding we put in an order. The morning of the wedding, Angela and Stacy picked up the flowers and brought them to our hotel in Camarillo. Together they created all the bouquets and centerpieces and I made my own bouquet. It was perfect and they were beautiful. Not to mention, we saved a ton of money not hiring a florist. More on our DIY wedding flowers here

The Decorations…Having a DIY master/woodworker as a close friend really helps when coming up with decorating ideas for your wedding. My friend C.C. made all the table numbers, the “reserved” signs and the “mr & mrs” signs for our chairs. I printed the menus myself and ordered vintage pencils with our names engraved on them as favors. I loved the look of the pencils but they also had a special meaning because both Damien’s parents are school teachers. A lovely tie in.

The Cake(s) and Cocktails…A friend of ours, gave us amazing advice, he said “Large wedding cakes are almost never delicious, go with a small “wedding cake” and other cakes for dessert.” We did just that. We had a chocolate and vanilla wedding cake that we cut into for the reception then 3 other cakes in Damien’s favorite flavor (carrot), my favorite flavor (coconut) and a crowd pleaser (red velvet). I had a piece of each one and I’ll tell you, they were all equally delicious! For the cocktails, I thought of coming up with two speciality drinks to reflect each of our backgrounds in a quirky way. With that, The Latina (tequila and pineapple with a spicy salt rim) and The Irishman (whiskey and ginger beer with a lime) were born.

The Photography…Sasha had photographed a friend of mine’s wedding and when I saw those photos, I knew I wanted her for our wedding. She has an amazing eye and I absolutely LOVE our pictures. She captures moments and goes way above and beyond typical, posed shots. The photos really captured the amazingly perfect day we had. Plus, she’s the coolest chick around.

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: SusieCakes | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: Command Performance Catering | Hair: Roberta Gallardo | DJ: Chris Mortillaro (Elegant Event Entertainment) | Decor: C.C. Boyce | Makeup: Olivia Fischa | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens