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Holiday Cocktail Party Inspiration + A 31 Bits Giveaway!

The holidays are the perfect excuse to get together with friends and partake in some festive cocktailing. Flannel, sequins and sparkling jewelry are essentials to this inspiration crafted by Vanessa Noel EventsStella Bloom Designs and Anna Delores Photography and the awesome giveaway for 31 Bits jewelry is the cherry on top. See even more here plus details about this sparkling giveaway below!

What’s better for the holiday spirit then, well, spirits?! The idea behind our holiday cocktail party shoot was to create something that was comfortable and glamorous at the same time. We achieved this by introducing a mixture of textures: sequins and faux fur in the linens; flannel in the chairs; brass and colored glass in the tabletop accents; and just a touch of leather to ground it all. The venue, Whispering Rose Ranch, with its lodge-like equestrian feel and mountain views over the Santa Ynez Valley, created the perfect backdrop for a cozy, yet feminine, gathering among friends.

the-giveaway

The Prize: One lucky winner will receive the Garland Glam bracelet in Ruby Sparkle and the Beaming Sky necklace in Ruby Sparkle from the 31 Bits holiday line worn by the models in the shoot.

To Enter: Head to Anna Delores’s blog to grab all the details and enter to win these sparkling beauties. Good luck loves!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Jewelry: 31 Bits | Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie | "Most Wonderful Time" Wooden Decor Sign: Pottery Barn | Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes | Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen | Dinnerware: Borrowed Blu | Furniture: Pretty Vintage Table | Glassware: Borrowed Blu | Lanterns: Pottery Barn | Pillows & Red Cable Knit Blanket: Pottery Barn | Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events

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Romantic Santa Ynez Wedding at Gainey Vineyard

I know I have a tendency to gush a bit, but trust me when I say that the wedding sitting pretty below has every.single.thing I love about logging into SMP everyday. No exaggeration. Show-stopping florals from Passion Flowers, a stunning cake from Solvang Bakery, steal worthy hair and make up from TEAM Hair And Makeup, a gorgeous couple and two cute pups - it’s all beyond. Perfectly captured by Rebecca Yale Portraitsthis gallery is honestly my favorite thing that’s happened today.

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Rustic

From Rebecca Yale PortraitsDiana and Gerry’s wedding was full of elegant and glamorous touches while embracing the rustic vineyard setting. The bride sparkled in her rhinestoned Jimmy Choo’s and Kate Spade earrings while the groom looked sharp in his bespoke blue suit. The couple’s favorite movie is Up so they incorporated the brightly colored balloons into their reveal before the ceremony and the bride surprised the groom with a very special “Ellie Badge” grape soda bottle cap pin from the movie. The Jersey natives made the day extra special by bringing their dogs along to California and they were dressed for the occasion in a bowtie and tutu. The couple said their vows under a beautiful California oak tree as the sun set behind them lighting up the Santa Ynez Mountains. After the intimate ceremony guests danced the warm summer evening away under rows of bulb lights strung up in the courtyard next to the vineyard.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Florist: Passion Flowers | Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Invitations: AMK Designs | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Groom's Suit: My Suit | Officiant: Jerry Bellamy | Ellie Badge: My Hoard | Groom's Tie: Thomas Pink | Hotel: Wine Valley Inn | Venue: Gainey Vineyard

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Boho Sunstone Winery Wedding

Any bride who can rock a Monique Lhuillier gown paired with a full-length cape is a style rockstar, in my book. And along with her Claire Pettibone crown and Jimmy Choo shoes, this fashionista did just that. Soleil Events helped bring the couple’s vision for a relaxed, Tuscan-inspired party to fruition and our friends at Rad + In Love worked their talents behind the camera. More right here.

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Summer
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Winery
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Bohemian

From the Wedding Planner, Leanne ElliottFrom the first conversation with Kit and Alejandro I knew this wedding was going to be memorable. They had their priorities in order: 1) A great party, 2) A great party. It is so refreshing to have an engaged couple think of their wedding experience from the stand point of being attentive hosts. Kit and Alejandro envisioned a weekend of festivities, where nearly 200 guests would be treated to something truly special that reflects the couples love for each and every person. The Villa at Sunstone Winery was the perfect choice. With Kit’s Jersey Girl meets Bohemian LA sensibilities, and Alejandro’s Uruguayan good looks and preppy style, the Villa provided just the old-world WOW factor they had hoped to find.

The family took up residency at the Villa on Friday, and the weekend was kicked off with a traditional Argentine Asado Welcome Dinner on the Villa’s back lawn. On the wedding day, the property was transformed into a simple, elegant setting that was plucked right off the pages of a Tuscany wedding feast. The ceremony took place under the property’s enormous White Oak. Kit stunned in a Monique Lhuillier dress with a full-length lace cape, while the Gents dazzled in J. Crew suits with tailored perfection. The reception, catered by the impeccable Lorraine Lim Catering, was a fuss-free party where the family-style dinner took center stage. Floral by Anna Le Pley Taylor brought in a vibrant, Bohemian vibe that popped against the cotton linens and gorgeous stone façade of the Villa. The property glowed as the sun set over Santa Ynez wine country, and DJ Smiles Davis from Flashdance spun tunes from the 80s Jersey Shore, to LA’s hottest clubs.

From The Bride… My dress and cape were both from Monique Lhuillier. They told me that no one else had ever bought the cape, which I think is a travesty. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my metal crown was from Claire Pettibone. Alejandro’s suit was custom from Requisite Clothing. And his shoes were Barker Black.

My bridesmaids were my six best friends from high school in South Jersey and all flew out from the East Coast. They were in J.crew. Al had family and friends fly in all the way from Uruguay. My good friend/senior prom date, Chris Lind played Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl” as we walked down the aisle and Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” when we walked out. Our first dance was to “Fading Like a Flower” by Roxette. They were the first concert Al ever went to at the soccer stadium in Uruguay (at the same time I was wearing the cassette tape out in my moms car in South Jersey). We got to see them in la a couple of years ago and sang along to every song. My dad and I danced to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, which he used to sing to me when i was a little girl. Al and his mom danced to La Punalada, a tango from Uruguay. And my dad sang Al and I a version of a song he wrote and sang to my mom at their wedding in 1968.

Photography: Rad + In Love | Event Planning: Soleil Events | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Stationery Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Caterer: Lorraine Lim Catering | Make Up: Mara Levarre | Hair: Allure Salon | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: DJ Smiles Of Flashdance | Groom's Attire: Requisite Clothing | Groom's Shoes: Barker Black | BabySitting: The Little Guest | Bridal Crown: Claire Pettibone | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cutting Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Rentals: Ventura Rental | Restrooms: Alabise Industries | Security: Central Coast Public Safety | Transportation: Blue Star Parking | Venue: The Villa At Sunstone Winery | Video: Wade Of Shark Pig

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