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Rustic + Romantic Summer Wedding at Cornerstone Gardens

There are some weddings that are romantic, some elegant, some emotional, some super sweet…and then there are those that hit every single one of those notes brilliantly, and this Sonoma celebration is one of them. Coordinated by Sugar Rush Events, this summer wedding shined bright with love and laughter and Jasmine Lee captured it all. Bring a smile to your face with all the goodies in the Vault right this way!


From the Bride… Mark and I knew we wanted an outdoor summer wedding in wine country. We instantly fell in love with Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma and booked it the week we got engaged! We loved the different spaces within the property – the vineyard lawn and lily pond, the rustic barn, the white tent elegantly lit up by string lights. We were also amazed by the unique art pieces and installations throughout the property. Made for some very memorable wedding pictures!

On the morning of the wedding, we held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at my parents’ house. The bride and groom kneel before their elder relatives and serve them tea as a sign of respect. In turn, the relatives give the happy couple red envelopes with money or jewelry inside. I wore a custom-fitted, red “cherng sam” made of lace and beautiful gold beading, as well as gold bracelets and necklaces passed on to me by my mother and mother-in-law. (Their mothers had passed it on to them on their wedding day so this was really special!) To celebrate Mark’s Hawaiian heritage, his aunt presented us with fresh white orchid leis, symbolizing a new chapter of life and love.

The theme of our wedding was rustic and romantic. We chose a simple palette of neutral colors (ivory, champagne, blush) and my bridesmaids all chose different dresses. I loved how the various colors, textures, and fabrics photographed! To complement the ladies, Mark and his groomsmen wore blue suits, brown Oxfords, and matching gray Donegal wool ties from J.Crew. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, we said our vows and took communion together facing the lily pond. After cocktail hour in the barn patio, guests made their way to the tent reception where Park Avenue Catering served up a delicious family-style meal. With amber-colored up-lighting, vintage banquette sofas, and cocktail tables, the night ended with dancing in the barn.

We are so grateful for our amazing vendors who, from the beginning, understood our vision for the day and helped us bring it to life. Kristen Jensen from Sugar Rush Events made sure everything ran smoothly and was more than accommodating throughout the entire planning process. Sophie Lau from Petals by Sophie did an incredible job using peonies, garden roses, eucalyptus, and dusty miller for our bouquets and wedding decor. Each table centerpiece had a pop of color that nicely contrasted with the white tablecloths, walnut-colored chairs and table numbers, and individual menus printed on Kraft paper. Last but not least, we were so happy to have gorgeous images by Jasmine Lee Photography to remember all the little moments that seemed to fly by so fast. Thank you Jasmine and Nathalie!

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Coordination: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: Petals By Sophie | Wedding Dress: Coan Couture | Cake: Mazzetti's Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Makeup: Lela Nguyen | Hair: Lela Nguyen | Groom's Attire: Thick As Thieves LA | Venue: Cornerstone Gardens | Hair Accessories: David's Bridal | MC/DJ: Verducci Event Productions

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Romantic Berry Pink Sonoma Wedding

You know what Tuesdays need? More color. More every shade of the berry rainbow color to brighten up the mid-week slump. Take that pretty palette and pair it with the talents of Shannon Leahy EventsFlowerwildJulie Morgan and Josh Gruetzmacher and you’ve got the makings of a backyard wedding gone totally glam. Tucked inside the The Vault you’ll find meaningful moments honoring the Groom’s African heritage plus more inspirational photos than you could possibly count.

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From Josh Gruetzmacher Photography… Marianne and Randy were married at her parent’s home in Sonoma on a beautiful summer day. They loved the idea of having the wedding at the family home as a way of adding memories to the long list of fond memories that they’ve had there over the years. They wanted the wedding to have an approachable elegance, so they brought in Shannon Leahy Events to help bring their vision to life. They utilized the existing pathways through the oak trees as a way for the guests to get to the ceremony site next to the coi pond. Bright, juicy florals by Flowerwild adorned the ceremony aisle and floral arch. The adjacent orchard and garden were perfect for the cocktail hour. Finally dinner was served in the tent build-out followed by dessert and dancing. Shannon Leahy and her team wanted to keep everything natural flowing seamlessly from the landscape through the various design elements and and the tent build out. They used lots of wood tones, sisal carpets, raw linen and copper accents to mimic textures already found on the property. This neutral backdrop allowed the bright fuchsia, purple and pink florals to be a fun pop of color and to define the color palate. The groom has always been interested in graphic deign and he designed the invitation and worked with Yonder design to print and produce the other paper goods for the day. They had bottles of wine grown on the property for the for the guests to take home as a favors at the end of the night.

Another special touch that they were able to incorporate into their day was the African tradition, tasting of the flavors flavors during the ceremony. The four flavors are vinegar, cayenne pepper, lemon, and honey, and they are used to signify the bitter, the spice, the sour and the sweetness a couple should experience during their lifetime of marriage.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bride's Shoes: Alexander McQueen | Catering: Olive and Vine | Catering: Global Gourmet | Hair and Makeup: Julie Morgan | Lighting: Wine Country Party | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groom's Shoes: Bontoni | Officiant: Rev. Cristhal Bennett | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Venue: Private Estate | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: The Ark | Tent Rentals: Zephyr Tents | Tent Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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Oh So Inspired Retreat Giveaway

To all those with wedding wishes that extend beyond their own special day, we have an adventure for you! Our friends at Oh So Inspired are giving away a free spot and discounts for this year’s retreat for all those passionate about planning! Whether you dream of joining the industry or if you’re a seasoned pro, this is the opportunity for you! In addition to the free registration, the winner will also bring their vision to life with HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot! Read on for all the details below!

Do you dream about being a wedding professional but don’t know where to start? Are you a wedding pro who want to meet some of the industry’s most successful vendors? Do you want to grow your creative business? Any current or potential wedding professional would be benefit from this opportunity!

The winning board** will receive 1 free registration to attend the Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, California from November 1-4, 2015 (valued at $2850*)!

Oh So Inspired will also take the winning board and bring it to life during the retreat’s “HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot!”


1. Create a Pinterest board by September 4, 2015 – you can create as many as you wish!

2. Name your board and include “Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook” (example, Fresh and Breezy for Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook)

3. Pin away. Create a Sonoma inspired board. It can be formal, rustic, relaxed and elegant – let your creative juices go nuts! It must include HoneyBook’s signature aqua blue in the color palette though! All boards should include at least 15 images (as it’s #OhSoInspired15).

4. On the description of each image, copy the following text: #StyleMe Pretty for #ohsoinspired15 + blog link

5. Once you are done creating your dream board, comment a link to it on this blog post below.

6. Winner will be selected by September 10, 2015 and winners will be announced on September 11, 2015 on Style Me Pretty’s weekly #SMPWedding101 post and contacted via email or phone call.

7.** There will be a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winner:
1st place winning board will receive 1 free registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
2nd place winning board will receive $1000 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
3rd place winning board will receive $400 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!

8. Prizes are only valid for Oh So Inspired 2015 in Sonoma and cannot be used for future retreats. Should a winner forego or relinquish their prize, there will not be an alternate winning board.

9. *No lodging or transportation is provided.

About the retreat… Sometimes it’s not finding inspiration, but rather cultivating it from what already exists.

In 2014, Oh So Inspired started when Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired & The Sketchbook Series, and Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event got together to share how each reignited a passion for their work. For Kelly, it meant remembering that her goal was to provide her clients with a unique event – each one a stand-out because of her care and creativity. Nancy needed to challenge herself again – delving deeper to create original designs that might perhaps serve as motivation for others. Mary’s journey took her back to her roots as a sketch artist, but also down a new path as a teacher – her endeavor fueled by the excitement of the students in her classes.

For these women, the inspiration necessary to take their work and business to the next level sparked a desire to bring a different kind of learning. With the success of the inaugural Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, they hope to continue to share with you, a way to find that something within. Perhaps it will click during the sharing of stories, or an AH-HAH moment will strike after hearing one of our presenters speak, or maybe you’ll awaken the inner artist after participating in one of the many interactive lessons. In the end, the goal is for you to see that Oh So Inspired is really just Oh So You… We can’t wait to meet you!

Photography: KT Merry | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Forever Heyday | Creative Partner: HoneyBook | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Accessories: Pottery Barn | Table Tops: Small Masterpiece

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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Saturdays are pretty amazing (it’s the weekend, after all), but when it’s a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it’s a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It’s a gift that is both stunning AND meaningful.  Do yourself a favor and say hello.

Imagine surprising your nearest and dearest with a breathtaking work of art that will truly stand the test of time and you’ll land squarely on Grace Portraits, a crazy cool boutique that knows all there is to know about capturing those uber-special moments with hand-drawn portraits commissioned from local Bay Area artists.  Not to mention that each gift is wrapped in customized monogrammed packaging with a special note from the artist… AND you can choose from a variety of sizes and price points (11×14: $300, 16×20: $500, 18×24: $700), so no matter the recipient or occasion, there’s a Grace Portraits’ masterpiece that is more than perfect.  Just check out our very own SMP bride, Ashley Hoffman, and her stunning Grace Portrait drawing below.

Visit Grace Portraits on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and then head over to their website to start your journey to the best gift ever.

Welcome to the family, Grace Portraits! xo


Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.


For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package when booked by December 31, 2015!