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Bright Florals at Whimsical Sonoma Wedding

Bright, vibrant colors fill this whimsical Sonoma wedding captured beautifully by One Love Photography. Tucked underneath a white tent from One True Love Vintage Rentals, the bride looks gorgeous in a romantic Hayley Paige design, while the groom is dapper in Indochino. You can see every moment and detail here!


From The Bride…Jerome and I met in college. We were basically just kids when we met and have been by each other’s sides while we each grew into successful adults with real careers. He wanted me to finish graduate school before moving on to the next chapter of our lives together, and we dated for almost 8 years before he proposed in the vineyards outside a castle in Napa. We got married exactly on our 9 year dating anniversary, so we really wanted our wedding to feel like a big celebration of LOVE! Since Jerome proposed in a vineyard, we wanted to continue with the theme and have a wine country wedding. And because really, in my opinion, it does not get anymore beautiful than an outdoor summer wedding in wine country! My idea of our perfect wedding design included modern elements (for the groom), vintage details (for the bride) surrounded by romance, with a dash of whimsy and fun. It was really important to us that the wedding truly reflected us as a couple, with respect to both our tastes and our personalities. My husband and I are pretty much polar opposites, but we worked with each other and with our planner to create something beautiful for our big day, and we could not have been happier with the end product.

When we first started the wedding planning process, I had these wild dreams of a beautiful DIY wedding. I had lists of projects that I wanted to accomplish to truly make our wedding bespoke. However, I had just finished graduate school and started a new career so of course my big plans didn’t work out. We were still able to have custom items for our wedding, though, which I absolutely was thrilled about. With some help from our loving family and friends, we managed to personalize several things including our bar menu and other signage, our version of the Mr. and Mrs. chair sign, custom gold marquee lights, escort cards, programs, hand embroidered bridesmaid hankies, and hand planted succulent favors. I feel these small details added a very special touch to our wedding.

Since my husband and I have very different tastes, it was difficult to come up with a design that would reflect us both. We decided on neutral base colors of grey, white, and gold for a classic and clean feel, and had a spectrum of the rose family included in our floral design for added whimsy. The neutral base colors contributed an elegant feel, vintage furniture brought in the details I craved, the gorgeous flowers added romance, and our glitter sequin linen completed the look with the sprinkle of whimsy I was looking for. The result was just magic. Another aspect of our wedding that I love was our custom invitation suite and wedding paper goods. This was designed by my good friend and bridesmaid. The flowers were hand water colored by her and added such a unique touch to our paper goods.

It is easy to get sucked into the glitz and glam of the wedding world. You begin to want and dream of things you never even knew existed! To keep yourselves from becoming overwhelmed (and staying within budget), I recommend sitting down with your partner and making a list of a few things that are really important to you. That way, you can focus and splurge on these things. For us, it was food, photography, and design. Being self proclaimed foodies, catering was important to us. We hired our day of coordinator to help us pull together themes and elements we loved, and to assist in putting together a design we truly were happy with. And of course, we had to find the perfect photographer to document our magical day. Ours were able to capture the love and magic of our big day just beautifully. We were so happy when our guests ranted and raved about how the wedding truly felt very “us”.

There were so many special moments from our big day, including the anticipation of our first look, walking down the aisle with both my parents by my side, and literally being surrounded by love during the last song of the night. However, my dad passed away very recently and I want to share my memories of him from our wedding day.

My dad’s health has been deteriorating over the past couple of years, and we did not know if he would be able to make it to the wedding. However, luckily he ended up being well enough to walk me down the aisle and to my surprise, even make a beautiful speech during dinner! About six months after the wedding, just as we thought he was on the road to gaining his health back, my dad unexpectedly passed away. His loss has been more difficult than I could ever imagine, but I am comforted by some of our last memories together on my wedding day. Before the wedding, my dad mustered what little strength he had and with heavy determination, helped my mom build our wedding arch. It was truly special to exchange vows under something my parents lovingly built, especially now looking back and knowing that it was one of my dad’s last gifts to us. I also fondly remembered our father/daughter dance. My dad twirled me, and I must say he was not the twirling type! During our dance when I asked him if he was happy, he smiled, nodded and said, “Ba happy.” (Ba is Vietnamese for father)

From The Groom…The day started off with me waking up bright and early, sneaking out of the groom/groomsmen house, and heading to a coffee shop so that I could gather my thoughts and write the letters I would be putting into our wine capsule (we would read these letters 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years later). Of course I had waited until the last minute to get them done. I was making great progress until I looked at the clock and realized I had been there longer than I anticipated. In fact, I needed to get back and get ready! And that sort of set the tone for the whole day. It went by in a blur. My bride looked stunning in her gorgeous dress. The beautiful outdoor ceremony was perfect. The food was delicious. The speeches were all so heart felt. I guess in general, what I will remember most is all the love I felt from our friends and family. When else will you ever attend a party of 150 people in their best attire where you’re the center of attention, you know all the attendants, and everyone is wishing you nothing but happiness? Just once in your lifetime and our wedding day could not have been more perfect.

Photography: One Love Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Coordination: Sugar Rush Events | Flowers: The Flower House | Invitations: Cecilia Aranez | Ceremony : Cornerstone Gardens Vineyard Lawn | Reception: Cornerstone Gardens Tent/Barn | Jewelry: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | DJ: Verducci Event Productions | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Officiant : Reverend Rick Tan | Dress Designer : Hayley Paige | Groom/Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Rentals : Hartmann Rentals | Shoe Designer : Badgley Mischka

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Grace Portraits + A Promotion!

We’ve all been there.  Your nearest and dearest are tying the knot and you want to do something extra special to commemorate the big day.  But finding that perfect wedding gift?  It’s not always easy. Enter Grace Portraits, the fab boutique that creates custom, hand-drawn portraits from your fave pics that are equal parts awesome + unique.  This, loves, is gifting in the most meaningful of ways.

With Grace Portraits, you’ll be presenting your loved ones with one of the most breathtaking gifts they will ever receive.  Think a stunning piece of art commissioned by a local Bay Area artist that can be passed down through generations for a gift they’ll cherish for always.  And with Grace Portraits, you don’t have to wait until there’s a wedding!  Order an amazing drawing for an anniversary gift, engagement present, Father’s Day or even your niece’s first birthday… you can even commission your very own drawing to display on your wedding day.  That, my friends, is beyond amazing.

Contact Grace Portraits TODAY to begin working on your masterpiece.  You’ll be blown away by their awesome customer service as they help you choose the perfect picture, and walk with you step by step throughout the process… you’ll even get a scan of your drawing before final shipment, to make sure it’s everything you ever wanted!  Not to mention that when all is said and done, you’ll receive everything in customized monogrammed packaging, complete with a note from the artist.  We love that.

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Romantic Sonoma Wine Country Wedding

Warm summer day? Check. Tuscan-inspired surroundings? Check. Good food and drinks? With this wine country wedding held at the Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn, I think we can safely say, “Check!” The stars were aligned on this Bride (flawless thanks to The Makeup Dolls) and Groom’s special day, and luckily Vero Suh Photography was there to capture it all in the full gallery right here.


From the beautiful Bride… Greg and I met in July 2010 at local restaurant and bar. I will admit I was not immediately smitten as I was in business mode – trying to recruit my would-be husband to work for my company. That night, we exchanged contact information and it was shortly thereafter that he recruited me for our first date. Little did I realize, when planning our wedding day, that we would get married on the exact same day, four years later, of our first date. It only came to our attention the week of the wedding, and it was such a serendipitous surprise.

In the months leading up to our wedding, we both were very vocal about what was important to us. For Greg, he wanted a warm summer day and great food and booze. For myself, I wanted a venue that could accommodate all of our wedding events and has a Tuscan feel. When we visited Ramekins, which met all of our criteria for our summer wedding, we knew it was a done deal. The owner of Ramekins also owns a local antique shop and brought wonderful European elements into the venue, such as a rustic gate and a wooden cheeseboard from 18th century France. It was a perfect mix of old and new, just like we wanted our wedding to be.

As for the day of, it was so incredibly hot, my husband definitely had his “warm” weather request met. I was almost a bit too warm to be honest, and it was really hard to get through pictures. However, by the time the ceremony came, we were so incredibly excited we could not let the heat get us down. My favorite moment was pre-ceremony in the grand hall where dancing would later take place, and we gathered with our entire wedding party and parents to have a quick champagne toast.

Our dear friend Kevin officiated our ceremony, which we co-wrote, and I could not have been happier with our choice. He knew both of us well, and he has a marriage we really respect. There was a chance my grandmother was not going to make the wedding due to her health, and we had written in a line acknowledging her presence from afar. Although we told Kevin she was going to be there, he still included the line that spoke to her sending her best wishes from a distance. It was actually a perfect moment–my Grandma, who had to overcome so much to make it, had her own special shout out during our ceremony. I could not have been happier.

Once we were officially husband and wife, sans tears because we were smiling too much, we let the party begin! We had a his and her cocktail, tasty appetizers and a family style menu on the patio, with string lights to set the ambiance. However, my favorite part of the wedding was when the dance party started. Our band was a popular local cover band, and we had kept the inside area off limits until this point. My husband and I insisted we start the party off with a few pop songs before we move into the formal dances, and I am so glad we did. It was such a fun way to transition from dinner to dancing! We then moved into the first dance, and the dance party was started.

The last part of the night I will share is the cake cutting. At this point, I knew it was the end of our scheduled wedding events and all that was left was dancing. We had both made a point to really enjoy each moment, and I will not forget when I leaned over to Greg and told him, “This is our last ‘wedding event’.” We made it really count, and he didn’t even put cake on my face! Once the cake cutting was done and we knew the cameras were going home, a wild dance party ensued and my husband and I officially capped off the best night of our lives.

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Videography: Tim Fox Weddings | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Invitations: Just Ink On Paper | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Lighting: The Lux | Ties: General Knot | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Event Coordination And Floral Design: WedSpring | Linens: La Tavola | Reception Band: Pop Rocks | Rentals: Wine Country Party | String Trio: Amethyst Trio | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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Glamorous + Romantic Sonoma Summer Wedding

A culinary institute and bouquets of blush and ivory roses? Oh my, this is a goodie. A Savvy Event planned and designed this gorgeous summer celebration, complete with La Tavola’s stunning linens and Vanda Floral Design’s creations that make my inner girly girl giddy. Allyson Wiley – and Magnolia Photo Booth Co. – captured it all and Swoon Films didn’t miss a beat. See it all right here!


From Kelly McLeskey-Dolata, Event Designer at A Savvy EventStephanie and Mark wanted a wedding that was ethereal and romantic. We worked with pale pinks and ivories to create a wedding that felt as light as it did magical, and the end result was nothing short of enchanting.

The couple chose to marry at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sonoma. We brought in airy white curtains and romantic floral arrangements to add a crisp and light feel to the already heavenly space. Stephanie’s bridesmaids donned striking beaded dresses in ivory, and carried tight, focused bouquets of soft pink roses.

Guests then moved to the outdoor courtyard at Ramekins Inn & Culinary School, where the natural stone feel of the venue joined forces with Stephanie’s romantic palette to create an absolutely alluring aesthetic (that felt oh-so European). We incorporated soft pink in a number of strategic places throughout the event – from glassware to linens to floral arrangements – but worked to ensure the overall look and feel remained sophisticated and elegant. Crystal chandeliers hung from overhead awnings, and stone-inspired chargers peppered family-style tables that were numbered en français.

Guests had their choice of Ramekins delectable favorites – ranging from Butter-Basted Sea Bass to Summer Risotto and menus were hand-embroidered to give the dinner a vintage-inspired, but sophisticated feel. After dinner, guests moved indoors to Ramekin’s Great Room – a space marked by vaulted oak-beam ceilings and a warm fireplace – for dancing and libations (and lots of photo-booth fun). We brought in tufted furniture, soft floral arrangements and tons of candles  ultimately creating a romantic and warm feel with just a touch of grandeur.

Overall, the European-inspired aesthetic we created for Stephanie and Mark communicated airy and light romance, transporting guests and the beautiful couple to another magical world for the evening.

Photography: Allyson Wiley Photography | Videography: Swoon Films | Event Design: Kelly McLeskey-Dolata | Event Planning: Meren Dehaze | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Cake: Pretty Please SF | Invitations: Mira Aster | Ceremony Venue: St. Andrews | Reception Venue: Ramekins | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Band: Mustache Harbor | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Laurent Fourgo | Dance Floor: Bickner Dance Floors | Hair & Make Up: Unique Salon | Linen: La Tavola | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rentals: Blue Print Studios | Rentals: Designer8 Furniture Rentals | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Rentals: Frances Lane

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How to: DIY Floral Wine Glass Charm

Are you ready for a little DIY that will make your guests squeal with glee? Enter the pretty little floral wine glass charm from Daisy Rose Floral Design snapped up by Megan Clouse Photography. Just when you thought your glass of wine couldn’t get any better, imagine it donning a gorgeous bloom. How fancy would you feel? I’m unapologetically using this for my next little gathering, and looking at the steps below, it seems easy enough for even me.

Daisy Rose Floral Design and Hawthorn Flower Studio are teaming up to bring you a unique Sonoma wine country experience combining wine, flowers, food & fruit this Memorial Day. In preparation, they’ve prepared a quick and easy floral wine glass charm how-to, a perfect addition to your next cocktail of dinner party, bridal shower or girls’ night!


• 26 gauge floral wire, cut into 5” pieces
• Wire cutters
• Floral Tape (we used white)
• Clippers
• Flowers
• Stemmed Glass
• Wine (we chose Hamel Family Wines 2011 Isthmus)



Cut flower stems to approximately ½ inch in length


Wire Stems – For flowers with hollow stems, like ranunculus, anemones and dahlias, push floral wire up the hollow center of the stem, through the flower, and 2 inches past the top of the flower head. Bend the exposed wire into a long, narrow hook, and gently feed back through the flower and out the base, leaving the bend in the hook nestled against the top of the flower, and the end of the hook coming back out the base, along the side of the stem.

Flowers with thick, solid stems like roses, almonds or lisianthus may be wired by piercing perpendicularly through the stem just below the base of the flower and folding the ends of the wire down the length of the stem.

Wrap wired stems with floral tape, starting at the top. Pull gently on the tape (to release the self-adhesive properties) as you twist the stem, covering the length of the wire.

Gently wrap the artificial stem around the base of your wine glass, cutting off any excess with wire cutters. Cover any sharp ends with a touch of floral tape!

Pour a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!

Interested in celebrating summer’s upcoming harvest of local fruit and flowers? Join Melanie and Daisy for the Rose & Thorn Workshop, May 23rd at Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma. Spend Memorial Day weekend, with a half-day of fruit and floral arranging, wine tasting & lunch. We’ll be joined by Megan Clouse Photography, who will document the day.

Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Floral Design: Hawthorn Flower Studio | Wine: Hamel Family Wines 2011 Isthmus | Workshop: Rose & Thorn Workshop

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