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Sunset Field Engagement at Mountain Winery

I swear, there is something magic about California light. And for all of you lovelies lucky enough to snap some pics amongst those pretty rays, consider me envious. Take these two for example, their images from This Love Of Yours Photography LLC are nothing short of sun-filled perfection, and you can see even more right here.

 

From the Bride to be…After over a decade of friendship, love, and laughter we are finally getting hitched. Matt and I met at San Jose State University where we both went to college. Matt was on the baseball team, and I played water polo. After dating for a few years Matt was drafted by the NY Mets in 2004 and our relationship went longer distance for the next seven years. We got engaged in Carmel, CA in May 2013 and will be married at Holman Ranch, in Carmel Valley, CA April 2014.

Being an event planner and in a relationship for over a decade I have had plenty of time to envision our special day and most recently our engagement shoot. Holman Ranch is pretty hard to compete with as a photo backdrop, so for our engagement photos I wanted a more simplistic setting. Erika and Michael of This Love of Yours Photography specialize in romantic, natural light photos that have that glowing effect. I knew they were the perfect photographers to capture this vision I had in my head. After months of pinning ideas and sharing them with Erika, she was pretty clear of what I wanted. We loved the photos and hope you do as well!

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography LLC | Venue: Mountain Winery

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Saratoga Wedding at Villa Montalvo

We’ve got a two parter of pretty coming your way, and it’s all sitting in this oh-so-gorgeous post. This sweet as they come couple sent over their engagement session AND their wedding captured by Christina McNeill, and well, we fell in love with both. So be sure to soak up more of their e-sesh here, and just wait until you see their wedding waiting for you below…

See? How could you not fall in love with these two? Your love affair is about to go off the charts, because with one look at their stunning Villa Montalvo wedding (once again beautifully captured by Christina McNeill) you’ll know precisely why we just can’t get enough. Join us in here for more.

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From the Bride…Our best man Josh Rose introduced us in 2010. I went to HS with Josh and Nick has known Josh since he was 9. From the beginning we knew that family and fun were the most important components of our wedding. We both live in San Francisco, but chose to have our wedding at Villa Montalvo near my hometown of Los Gatos. We knew we wanted a vintage theme and I suggested a Great Gatsby vibe. We chose black, gold and white since they are such classic colors and added feathers to go with the 1920′s décor.

My favorite moment of our wedding was when the last song came on. It was “Last Night on Earth” by Green Day and its one of our favorites. I saw Nick clawing through the crowd trying to find me for a last spin and he yelled out “where’s my wife??” It was the first time I had heard him use the phrase and I had to smile. All of the guests came together for the song and it was such a wonderful feeling having so much support for us on that special day.

If I could offer any advice, I’d say: sit back and really enjoy all that you worked so hard for. All those months of planning and running around like a crazy person really does pay off. I had a few moments were I almost went nuts but luckily I was surrounded by a few recent brides and they kept me grounded. I reminded myself that this day was about us. It wasn’t the décor, music or food and that thought made all stress sort of melt away.

Photographer: Christina McNeill | Event Planner: Adrienne South with The Party Helpers | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cake Expressions | Stationery: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary of Immaculate Conception Los Gatos | Reception Venue: Villa Montalvo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: The Party Helpers | Groom's shoes: Call it Spring | Music: Los Gatos DJ | Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals | Rentals: Flower Divas | Suit: Calvin Klein

Saratoga Wedding from Zoom Photography + Razor Byrne Video Productions

Home is where the heart is, so when it comes to weddings, I fully support making it a backyard affair. Especially when your backyard happens to be a slice of heaven in Saratoga. With its lush landscape, the bride’s family’s home was the perfect backdrop for these intimate I-do’s. Brought to us by the always lovely Lauri Levenfeld of Zoom Photography this September soirée is romance defined. So after you feast your eyes on the film from Razor Byrne Video Productions, check out the rest of this love-filled fête right here in the gallery.

Rachel & Garret from Razor Byrne Video Productions on Vimeo.

From the Bride… Garret and I went for a hike during Christmas vacation in the Saratoga hills while visiting family. When we got back to my parent’s house, hidden in the garden was a ring, a bouquet, and a carved rock with “marry me” inscribed on it. Garret got down on one knee and popped the question! I said yes, of course! When I ran inside to greet my family, Garret’s family was there. They had flown up from Los Angeles to celebrate with us too, which was such a wonderful surprise!

When choosing a wedding venue, I thought of the place that I loved the most and where I felt most comfortable. My parent’s home seemed like the perfect place! We had no real theme — we just wanted the vibe to be romantic and intimate, family-oriented and loving! We used soft creams, soft pink and black with the organic feel of succulents, vintage roses and hydrangeas in various low shaped vases and bottles plus burlap and linen runners in lieu of tablecloths, wooden farm tables and benches and metal Italian –style chairs.

One of the special ‘touches’ at our wedding was when my brother sang the seven blessings and all my nieces and nephews walked down the aisle … 11 total! Being surrounded by the people that meant the most to us was magical. Everything was beyond my wildest dreams. I cannot say enough about our vendors. Joanna Biondi of Café Primavera was beyond terrific. Food was hot and delicious, no lines at the stations and plenty to eat and drink all night. NO MISSES! Shawna Futagaki of Flower Divas was simply wonderful. She made every arrangement, ceremony flowers and Chuppah look like it was always there and they were exquisite. She worked so well with all of our vendors, often pitching in to assist others. Our coordinator, Stephanie Franco of SpotOn Events was just perfect and knew how to handle all of our different personalities – and keep us all so calm. Lauri Levenfeld, Zoom Photography, is a close friend of the family and once I saw her work, I was very happy. She tells a complete story and captured so much of us in the most unique ways!

We chose our cake based on what my husband, my father and I liked! My favorite bakery in Los Gatos, Icing On The Cake, made our three tiered cake – all different flavors: white cake with raspberry filling (my favorite), red velvet with cream cheese frosting (Garret’s favorite) and banana with cream cheese frosting (my dad’s favorite). I didn’t want a cake that was over the top. I wanted something simple, yet beautiful and elegant. I took elements of three separate cake designs and fused them together.

My favorite moment of the day was dancing with my dad and then dancing with my husband for the first time. Dancing in general was fun and watching everyone else dance their pants off made us both so happy. My brother Ari, sang our first dance, “You Send Me.” He also sang the last song of the evening, “Save the Last Dance for Me” with the band. Both were so touching and very memorable.

Right after the wedding we went to Maui and stayed at the Four Seasons for a few days to rest and relax. Next year, we plan to take a big trip to Southeast Asia or Europe for the real deal.

Photography: Zoom Photography / Second Photographer: Jessica Epstein / Event Coordinator: Stephanie Franco,  SpotOn Events / Caterer: Café Primavera / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting + Sound for ceremony Enhanced Lighting and Sound / Stage-Band: Danny Thomas Rentals / Cake: Icing On The Cake / Challah: Mama’s Bakery, Los Gatos / Ice Cream sandwiches: Ruby Jewel / Program Booklets + Menus: Sugar Paper / Escort Cards + Table Numbers: Jane Pflughaupt, Fine Touch Calligraphy / Floral Design: Flower Divas / Dress: Bianca by Anna Maier Ulla Maija / Videography: Razor Byrne Video / Mobile Photo Studio: Work It! / Ceremony Music: Sara Styles / Band: Cheeseballs / Kippahs: Alef Bet, Nurit Sabadosh / Make-up + Hair: Irmina Loeffer / Hair: Haley Malouf, LA / Mani + Pedicures: Pam, La Mode / Shuttle Busses + Valet: Corinthian / Out of Towner bags: Choco dip cots Novacovich OrchardsGeorge 408-741-5144 / Out of Towner Wine: Testarossa Winery / Out of Towner Granola: San Franola Granola

Saratoga Foothill Club Wedding at Meg Perotti

Traditional meets fabulousness with this next wedding by Meg Perotti. The bride is the epitome of grace and the entire California style of the day feels refined and fresh. Flowers have never looked more chic thanks to Trinityblooms Floral Design and can we have a moment over the groom surprising his bride with a mariachi band? Score! Get the whole experience over in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… We met almost three years ago at a party.  He was an MBA intern at Apple, and I had just moved back home from undergrad. When I found out that he was going to be moving back to Seattle for school, I wasn’t too keen on starting a long-distance relationship, but he was cute … so it couldn’t hurt keeping in touch! He ended up getting a job offer at Apple and moved to San Francisco. At the time, we were both in a relationship. New Year’s rolled around, we were both single, I was in the city, and after a run-in at a concert we decided to grab brunch on New Year’s Day. I was a TOTAL MESS at brunch. Sick, slightly hung-over, drowsy from Sudafed, and he apparently found that charming enough to ask me out to the symphony for our first official date.

The proposal was a complete surprise! For my birthday he had given me “a day in New York City.” We were originally planning on going out to NJ for his nephew’s first birthday, and he told me there was no way we could pass up going to New York. I was so excited! We took a red-eye into the city, and embarked on our NY adventure. First off, it was GORGEOUS that day! Perfect weather for a sundress and flip flops. After walking across Brooklyn Bridge, grabbing brunch at the Sex and the City diner (I forget the name), I told him I wanted to go shopping for something to bring back home that would remind me of NY. So he took me to Central Park, explaining that there is plenty of shopping nearby. He wanted to find the boathouse, and then suggested that we rent a row-boat. As we neared the middle of the lake, he put the oars down, reached into his backpack and got down on one knee in the middle of the row boat! It was pretty perfect!

From Meg Perotti… Audrey and Hunter’s wedding was filled with traditional elements, alongside excitement and intrigue from the moment they said “I do,” from their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony in Menlo Park to a surprise mariachi band from the bride to the groom that played as the wedding party recessed down the aisle. The ceremony was followed by their wedding reception at Saratoga Foothill Club. The design displayed equal parts elegance, old world charm and romance with colors of pale green, peach, cream and gold. The head table was accented with bridal bouquets, a row of baby’s breath, lanterns and stunning gold vases. The moment guests were invited into the reception room, they entered a room of warmth, with candlelight creating a golden hue glow, and statement centerpieces that overflowed with beautiful dinner plate dahlias, hydrangeas, garden roses, dusty miller and eucalyptus leaves.

Wedding Photography: Meg Perotti / Ceremony: Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, California / Reception: Saratoga Foothill Club in Saratoga, California / Floral Design: Trinni Nguyen of Trinityblooms Floral Design / Wedding Coordination: Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree / Catering: Glenn Nelson of Panetta’s Elite Events / Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake Bakery / DJ: Robey Saylors of Elite Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Marisa + An Added Sweetheart Neckline / Bride’s Hair: Dustin David Salon / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Heidi Johnson (istyleyourhair@gmail.com) / Makeup: Vanessa Concetti of Sitting Pretty

Backyard Bridal Shower by Pictilio

It’s Bridal Shower Inspiration Week here at Style Me Pretty and we are busting out the bubbly and celebrating with five days of inspiring details galore and steel worthy ideas perfect for incorporating into all those pre-wedding parties; showers being one of our favorites. What’s not to love about being surrounded by all the important people in your life and celebrating soon to be nuptials with great food and yummy drinks? AND when photography by Pictilio is thrown into that festive mix, it’s an all out pretty party. See it all in the full gallery.

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From The Bride… The bridal shower is just that: a day when the bride can sit back, relax, and enjoy being showered with love by all of her closest family and friends. My bridal shower was no exception. I put faith in my maid of honor, who has a penchant for planning (and who understands my obsession over details and design!). In the end, I was glad I did because the day was perfect and made me feel so loved. Together with my moms, she created a bridal shower that was beyond anything I could have imagined. The décor — blush pink hues that shone from the flower arrangements to the macaroon favors and place settings — was perfectly planned and executed down to the last detail. The menu, which featured a crostini bar and panini bar, was unbelievably delicious and unique. The dessert table was filled with an assortment of delectable goodies and was displayed so beautifully on white footed platters. But aside from the food and décor, what really made the shower special was the fact that I was surrounded by such incredible family and friends. In my eyes, that is the most important part. Getting married is such a special time, and it was amazing to have so much love and support from all these inspiring women in my life.  I can’t thank my family enough for putting together such a beautiful shower. 

From the Matron of Honor… Being an older sister is not easy. You always want what is best for your sibling, and most of the time, they don’t even know it! I had it pretty easy though. My little brother met and started dating a wonderful woman named Taleen right before he went off to college. As my brother started falling in love with Taleen, we started becoming close friends. We are both very detail-oriented, so throwing a party isn’t just a couple calls here and there, it is a definite process. We had a kick-off meeting at my house with the moms, her sister-in-law, our beautiful bride and me. The purpose of the kick-off meeting was to pick Taleen’s brain for her “wish list” for a shower.  I didn’t want to keep her completely in the dark because I know that she, like me, likes to know what is going on. After the kick-off meeting, I had a good idea of what she wanted and that is when we got started.  

My goal was to make Taleen the happiest bride in the world.  We looked into various venues, but what seemed to fit our vision the most was her parents beautiful backyard set in the Saratoga hills. Choosing the venue was step one, then we had to decide how to decorate it. The backyard has a very contemporary villa feel, so we wanted it to be simple yet chic and classy. We chose these beautiful blush-colored tablecloths and napkins from Wildflower Linens in San Francisco. We even added a special chair cover just for our bride-to-be. We added a complementary sheer linen overlay for our dessert table filled with mini desserts, both homemade and store-bought. Everything from the flower centerpieces to the butterfly straws was carefully planned with our bride and end goal in mind. As guests arrived, they were greeted with champagne punch and asked to write a note to our bride on the flower advice notes, then pin them on the corkboard. Following an Italian-themed lunch, we played a game called “Bridal Runway.” With the help of my mom (groom’s mother), we went to the fabric store and bought different types of fabric, including satin, lace, chiffon and organza; ribbons; scissors; hair accessories; bobby bins and safety pins. We then bought fabric storage boxes and made packages so that the women could split into groups and design a bridal gown for a different spin on the standard toilet paper bride game. We then played music and had the brides model down the runway — the women all had a BLAST.  The weather was beautiful, our bride was stunning, and our guests were happy. All in all, it was a fantastic and successful shower.

Photography: Pictilio / Venue: The Bride’s Parents’ Home in Saratoga, California / Floral Design: Avenue Florist / Catering: Elegant Event Catering / Cake + Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes + DIY / Linens + Bride’s Chair Covering: Wildflower Linen / Dress: BCBG / Shoes: She She Shoes / Makeup: MAC

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