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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Charming Yellow Wedding

After what can only be described as an epic engagement (seriously, read below), these two cuties tied the knot in one of the sweetest affairs you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Planned by the talented L’Relyea Events, it’s the perfect merging of sunny yellow hues, gorgeous florals from Shotgun Floral Studio and that laid-back elegance that CA is known for.  See it captured by Myrtle & Marjoram right here.  

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From Julia Evans at L’Relyea Events… How do you take cutest and most creative couple of the year to the next level? Step 1: Design and construct your own kayak – Step 2: Propose in said kayak under Brooklyn Bridge – Step 3: Somehow top off this heartfelt proposal with a surprise engagement party – complete with friends, flowers and lots of champagne! And to think, that’s before the wedding plans even begin.

I think it’s quite obvious that Danielle and Bryan take the cake for this one! Every ounce of their joint creativity was reflected in their wedding. A playful palette of yellow and ivory, a birch-wood alter strung with antique bottles and gorgeously whimsical floral arrangements are just a few of the lovely details we can’t get enough of. Ah yes, and did we mention she designed all of her own printed materials?

Photography: Myrtle & Marjoram | Event Planning: Julia Evans - L'Relyea Events | Flowers: Shotgun Floral Studio | Stationery: Danielle Moore | Ceremony Venue: Farmstead Restaurant | Catering: Farmstead At Long Meadow Ranch | Favors: MADESQUARE App | Groom's Attire: Taylor Stich SF | Transportation: Gloria Dunbar-Neveux Of Royal Coach | Bride's Attire: Stone Fox Bride – Wren Dress | Ceremony Officiant: Halston Bruce {Friend} | Ceremony/ Reception Music: James Mulry | Hair & Make-up: Wash & Brush Up

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Elegant Saint Helena Vineyard Wedding

After an intimate at-home proposal, this darling duo set out to craft an eclectically styled wedding day with 70 of their nearest and dearest. The result is one part elegance, one part rustic, a dash of magical goodness and shaken up with a whole lotta love. onelove photography trailed these sweeties and every bit of their day, and you can soak it all in right here in the full gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…My husband surprised me with a simple and heartfelt proposal while we were both cooking dinner in our home in Chicago, Illinois. It was just the two of us and our pet dogs; I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect proposal.

Prior to our engagement, I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamed of her wedding day so I surprised myself by how easily I transformed into the planning bride. I spent the first few months after our engagement scouring the Internet for the perfect venue. Thanks to Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I immediately started piecing together our special day. I knew from the start of our planning process that I wanted to style our wedding myself. I pulled inspiration from many weddings but I made sure to incorporate our own spin on everything we did.

We both knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, nature, romance, elegance, and 70 of our closest family and friends. My husband grew up in the Midwest but I grew up in Northern California so we didn’t rule out the idea of a destination wedding. After narrowing down our list of venues, my husband and I ventured out west to Napa Valley.

From the moment we arrived at V. Sattui Winery we both knew that’s where we would exchange our “I Do’s”. I immediately fell in love with the old world style, the brick courtyard surrounded by vines and gorgeous hydrangeas, the colorful rose gardens on the property, and the old oak tree that overlooked the winery. As a matter of fact, the old oak tree ended up being our inspiration for the “Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” reading during our ceremony.

After securing our venue, I focused my search on finding the vendors who I felt the most compatible with. I can’t stress enough how important it was that I placed just as much importance on interviewing our vendors as I did all the other details; it allowed our day to flow perfectly and for all the pieces to fit together. My vendors were all patient and so very helpful. They served as my sounding board to bounce ideas off of as I planned our wedding day.

Now onto the details… I wanted to make sure the entire day felt romantic and magical. We found the perfect “getting ready” property that had the earthy and nature feel we wanted a few miles north from our venue in the city of Calistoga. We ended up staying at this same property for our honeymoon which worked out perfect. I browsed Etsy and local shops to find all the little details like my garter belt, the bridal gown hanger, antique plates to serve our wedding cake, green antique goblets for our sweetheart table, my embroidered handkerchief, rustic keys for our seating chart, and so forth. Instead of traditional flower girl baskets, I found two rustic copper watering cans that our florist filled with roses and hydrangeas. We also had a custom calligraphed welcome sign that greeted our guests as they arrived in lieu of paper ceremony programs.

In hopes of getting our guests excited about what was to come, our calligrapher and invitation designer composed a personalized hand drawn map of our venue. We included the map with our invitations and it added that special touch we wanted for our guests.

After finding my wedding gown at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago, I had the shop ask the designer to create a matching bolero that fit the old world romantic feel I envisioned. We added long sleeves with hand sewn lace designs in ivory and gold that matched the same design found throughout my Francesca Miranda wedding gown.

With our ceremony taking place at sun set, my husband and I decided to take “First Look” photos earlier in the day to not lose the light with our bridal party photos. While we aren’t traditional and didn’t have a problem with seeing each other before the ceremony, I still wanted something special to surprise him with as I walked down the aisle. I found a gorgeous cathedral length veil by Ines Di Santo that had stunning details all along the edges. I put it on right before the ceremony started – it was perfect!

After watching Kate Middletown walk down the aisle with a bouquet of lily of the valley, I knew that I wanted one of my own! Unfortunately the flower was not in season in Fall. To keep the costs down but still partially achieve the look I wanted, I had our florist scatter lily of the valley in my bouquet of white roses. I was really happy with how it turned out.

With my bridesmaids residing a four-hour flight away in California, we had lots stressful moments trying to complete our DIY projects with just my husband and I but we somehow managed to get it all done. We were able to print our escort cards on our home printer and hand tied them with twine to antique keys. We also spray painted wheat stalks in gold and hand tied them with ivory ribbon to place on our guests menus, an inspiration I pulled from Jessica Simpson’s wedding. My calligrapher did an amazing job at carrying our wheat theme onto pieces she did for us which really helped to pull everything together.

For the ceremony, my groom and our bridal party walked down to the instrumental version of “Turning Page – Sleeping at Last” played by our string trio. I walked down the aisle with both my parents to the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I fell in love with both songs when I first heard them and together they evoked the emotion and tone we wanted for the ceremony. For our grand exit as husband and wife, we wanted a song that was less traditional but no less beautiful or striking; we chose “Great Expectations 1998 Score (Estrelle’s Theme)” played by our string trio. I still get a smile on my face and goose bumps whenever I hear it! It’s such a powerful and remarkable piece.

We cut our wedding cake to “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls and my husband picked our first dance song, “Shot Gun Rider” by Tim McGraw. As a tribute to our friends and family who flew in from Illinois and our life back in Chicago, we ended the night with “Sweet Home Chicago”.

Our wedding day was completely magical. After being together for five years, I surprised myself when I cried as I walked down aisle. Every moment of stress during our planning process was absolutely worth it and our day could not have been more perfect. It was by far the happiest day of both our lives. We are still in awe of how beautifully our day was captured and are so thankful to have experience it and shared it with our closest family and friends.

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Frontside Films | Florist: Valley Flora | Cake: Fleur De Lisa Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Dessy | Caterer: Alex's Catering | Calligrapher: The Left Handed Calligrapher | DJ: Verducci Entertainment | Officiant: Your Ceremony Matters | Bridal Gown: Francesca Miranda | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Bridesmaid's Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Car Rental: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Sugar Rush Events | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Getting Ready Property: Calistoga Vineyard Estate | Groom & Groomen's Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | String Trio: Wine Country Entertainment | Veil: Ines Di Santo | Welcome Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Winery: V. Sattui Winery

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Al Fresco Napa Valley Summer Wedding

What I’m deeming as the perfect combination of elegance and rustic charm, with just a dash of preppiness for good measure, gets you this beauty below. 2Chic Events & Design worked their wonders and created a Napa Valley masterpiece that keeps getting better. Marin Kristine snapped every sparkle and stripe and the final product may just go down as one of the best blending of styles yet.

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From 2Chic EventsSeethal and Jason had, what I would call, the best wedding of all time. There was nothing about this day that wasn’t absolutely perfect. And, I suppose that is what happens when you begin with one truly genuine, warm and incredibly fun couple and end with a celebration that matched them to a T.

We spent just over ten months planning this beautiful soiree at the lovely Meadowood in Napa Valley. I knew the moment that I walked into this venue for the first time that this was the absolute perfect place for Seethal and Jason’s dream design to be brought to life. The surroundings created an incredible sense of beauty and intimacy that just could not be matched at any other venue.

Once we secured this perfect spot, and began putting the details together, the design for this wedding really took off. And, once Honey Paperie came into the picture and executed a flawless design of their stationery suite, complete with the perfect custom logo, it all became even more crush-worthy. We were able to incorporate the paperie throughout the entire design and into elements like the champagne escort card table, the menus, the bride and grooms chair backs and the tags on the pashminas. It was a great subtle reminder throughout the day that this event was a reflection of Seethal and Jason’s style and a true celebration of the two of them.

Add in the lush greenery, the amazing food, the carefully selected wines and the meticulously designed details throughout – and there was no doubt that we took every single guests’ breath away. Absolutely no detail was overlooked and the evening exuded a feeling of warmth and a celebratory spirit unlike any I have seen at my many weddings. It was perfection.

From the beautiful Bride… With family and friends scattered throughout the world, Jason and I knew we wanted our wedding location to be somewhere full of fond memories. For us, that could be nowhere but the Napa Valley. It was the first vacation we ever took together, and we could not think of a more special place to share with all of our loved ones.

We were nervous about planning a wedding from the other side of the country, but from the moment I first spoke to Aimee Wendell of 2Chic Events, I knew she would be able to bring our vision to life. To this day, Jason and I find it hard to describe all the beautiful details of our wedding day. From the exceptional personalized service at Meadowood, to the archway of flowers nestled between the weeping willows at our ceremony, to the baskets of pashmina scarves for guests to use for the chilly Napa evening, it was everything we had dreamed it to be and more.

Photography: Marin Kristine Photography | Floral Design: Julie Stevens Design | Cake: Perfect Endings | Invitations: Honey Paperie | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Jenifer Haupt | Wedding Venue: Meadowood | DJ And Lighting: Extreme Productions | Decor Rentals: The Find Studio | Filmmaker: Lovespun Films | Linen Rentals: LaTavola Linens | Rentals: Stuart Rentals | Wedding Planning And Design: 2Chic Events & Design

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Elegant Wine Country Wedding

Saying I do in wine country is sort of like a guaranteed fabulous party.  But add in elegant gold and purple hues and some crazy gorgeous florals from Valley Flora and it’s an entirely new level of awesome. Think twinkle lights, al fresco dining and a don’t stop ’til you drop dance party.  See every beautiful moment captured by Rebecca Gosselin right here in the full gallery

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From Rebecca Gosselin PhotographyAlex and Daniel tied the knot at her grandparents’ vineyard estate in the heart of Napa Valley (St. Helena). The pool, vineyard, and old grain silo mixed with the whites and golds created an incredible ambience for the day.

From the Bride… Daniel still claims to this day that he thought he would have never had a chance; that I was “out of his league.” We did not hang out in the same circle. I was very involved at school with sports and planning of school activities, I was always putting herself out there. Daniel was not that type, he never thought that I would date a guy that sat back and enjoyed life.

“Dan the Man” was my first impression of Daniel, or at least that was the only thing I knew him by. I thought he was a teacher’s pet, some guy who was full of himself… little did I know how wrong I was. I soon found out that Daniel was one of the most humble and kind people I would ever know and soon fall completely in love with.

November 6, 2012 was the day all days. That day when I got to work I saw an email from our realtor saying “ Congratulation to both of you, you got the house!” I quickly called Daniel to share the exciting news, at the end of our conversation I told Daniel “This day could not get any better.” Little did I know. I knew it was going to be time celebrate, but little did I know for what. With three bags in hand I opened up the front door and there he was surrounded by candles down on one knee… “Will you marry me?” Needless to say it took about three seconds for me to drop everything I had and freak out.

The wedding day was absolutely magical. You would think after eight years of being together you would be calm, cool, and collected. We both laugh because we refer to our nerves from our wedding day back to our first date, that anxiousness to see another and that butterfly feeling would not go away. Most of all we will never forget how right everything felt during every minute of our wedding, nothing could have taken away from those moments.

The wedding aired on the side of natural elegance. We stuck to the idea that less is more. We did want to go to over the top; we wanted the scenery to really speak for itself. We brought in floral that was native to the area and is grown on the estate to keep everything full circle. Once the formal/traditional part of the night was over, it was important to us that we get the party started. We up lit the back the estate recreating the space we had used prior. One of the special touches for the groom was we had two fire pits for people to gather around for s’mores or sipping on whiskey.

Photography: Rebecca Gosselin Photography | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Wedding Gown: Lazaro | Cake: Model Bakery | Invitations: Papyrus | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Kinyon Culinary | Makeup: Bella Bridal - Jocelyn Gomez | Hair: Jocelyn Gomez | Lighting: AMS Entertainment | Venue: Private Vineyard Estate | Event Planner: Denise Kramer | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Veil: Bella Bridal

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