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Silicon Valley Wedding from Cliff Brunk

All the weddings we feature on SMP are special. Sometimes we aren’t able to put our fingers on precisely why a party stands out at us, but with weddings like this one captured by Cliff Brunk it’s the feel. When opening up a gallery of images is like opening the best of presents. A gift. Which is exactly how we felt when we first opened this whimsical woodland wedding. And when you do start to see what’s inside - DIYs that couldn’t be more darling, a Bride that is beyond talented in her wedding planning ways, and a fabulously tight knit family (just to name a few) – you can’t believe how lucky you are to get to devour such a fête, but you are sure glad that you get to. See it all right here.

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From the Bride… As someone who plans events in my work life, I had never actually given too much thought to my own big day. But as soon as Will proposed, the planner part of me and the giddy, head-over-heels excited in love girl in me honed in on a vision for our day that would be truly us! The most important thing to us was to have handcrafted, personal details that were reflective of our (often quirky) personalities, but that would stand the test of time and still feel classic when we looked back on the pictures 50 years later. We first fell in love with our venue, Nestldown, through Style Me Pretty, and when we laid eyes on those beautiful woods and grounds in person, we knew it was the perfect place for our rustic, vintage-inspired celebration.

Every detail of our wedding was handmade by us or a loved one. After the wedding, so many people commented that our wedding was “so us” and that made us feel incredibly special. I think the biggest reason is that our celebration was like an extension of the home we’ve shared for years: full of vintage keepsakes handed down from loved ones, and DIY projects that aren’t perfect by any stretch, but that fit us. My obliging dad even moved two antique desks from our home to serve as our cake and escort card tables! Going the DIY route wasn’t always less costly and certainly wasn’t easier, but we wouldn’t trade any of the memories or sense of accomplishment for the world.

My mom and I had a great time exploring the Alameda Flea Market for fun finds like old medicine bottles and vintage cigar boxes, and had epic sewing days during which she sewed all three of the 40-foot burlaps runners edged with lace for our reception tables. In addition to those and runners for every other table, she sewed lace-edged coverlets for our cocktail tables, beautiful Liberty of London petal satchels (most of the 120 she sewed were different from one another), and the darling tutus for our little flowers girls.

In short, she was our sewing angel! Will’s mom made the wonderful bow ties in different Liberty of London fabrics to tie in with the petal bags. For my part, I dusted off the untouched sewing machine I had bought a year before, and tackled sewing up the CD cases for favors (that Will cut out from paper bags), navy burlap favor bags, and the 120 monogrammed cocktail napkins that were handed out with the first round of cocktails. Those napkins were my Everest! There were a few occasions when I wondered why in the world I chose to do that, but I was tickled pink when I saw a lot of the boys using them as pocket squares that day. Suffice to say, sewing became an underlying theme of the day, and even made its way onto our cakes that were adorned with decorated “stitching.” When I spotted a beautiful antique Coats & Clark thread display case, I knew it had to hold our escort cards – it was one of my favorite details.

My dear grandmother passed away many years ago, but through all the sewing, my mom and I felt like she was a part of everything, as she was a seamstress extraordinaire and taught us everything she knew. My bouquet was tied with an antique scalloped lace I found in her ribbon box that I’ve held onto for years.

Photography: Cliff Brunk | Wedding Venue: Nestldown in Silicon Valley, California | Event Planning + Floral Design: The Bride | Wedding Coordinator: Brooke Beyer | Floral Bouquets + Chair Swags: Messina Rippey (messina77@gmail.com) | Catering: Teri Menchini from La Bocca Fina | Wedding Cakes: Cake Coquette | Burlap Decor: Mother of the Bride | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + La Tavola | DJ: Paul from  Elite Entertainment | Calligraphy: Whoa Nellie Press | Wedding Dress: Marisa “737″ via Bridal Galleria | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom | Flower Girls’ Tutus: Mother of the Bride | Groom’s Attire: Zegna | Groomsmen Attire: JoS.A.Bank | Hair + Makeup: Shawn Calvin Beauty Co.

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Gilroy Engagement Session from Rahel Menig Photography

This engagement session highlights two of my most favorite things – puppies and LOVE – so it’s obvious that I’m head-over-heels for the sweet shoot. Captured by Rahel Menig Photography, the light-filled images featuring the couple’s adorable dog, Happy, are a breath of fresh air! See the rest right here.

From Rahel Menig Photography… Tanya and Alex had gotten to known each other at one of Alex’s well known New Years parties. Another guy was hitting on Tanya that evening and Ryan, Alex’s best friend saw, that Alex didn’t like that at all. Ryan knew right then, that these two would become more than just friends…

Some years later, they were planning their Engagement Session and decided to go to the Gilroy Sports Complex, where they often walk their cutie pie dog Happy. I love it, when my couples want to incorporate their dogs in some way – may that be during the E-Session or even in the Wedding itself. It’s so cute and personal and it makes for such great memories!

Wedding Photography: Rahel Menig Photography / Location: Gilroy Sports Complex in Gilroy, California

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Diablo Ranch Wedding from Jennifer Skog Photographers

If you adore DIY you’re going to fall hard for this al fresco affair. The couple has known each other since elementary school (too cute!) so when it came to planning their wedding, they wanted a celebration that was not only romantic but also embraced their playful personalities. The details are sweet-as-can-be and who doesn’t love a bride on a swing!?!? Captured beautifully by Rob Skog of Jennifer Skog Photographers this is a sunny California swoon-fest. It’s burlap and baker’s twine. It’s rustic and refined. And it’s all right here for your viewing pleasure.

From the Bride… David and I had been together almost seven years before we got married – and had known each other since 2nd grade! So instead of coordinating a huge formal event – we wanted to throw a huge party! We chose to get married atop a mountain in our hometown of Walnut Creek named Mount Diablo. This set the scene for the direction and feel of our wedding. We knew that we didn’t want anything to be taken away from the views of the rolling hills so we went with minimal decorations. We chose colors that were soft, romantic and neutral with pops of texture – baker’s twine and burlap.

Many of the elements were DIY – I painted all the table numbers and tied them with baker’s twine. I asked Anthroplogie in Union Square if they would be kind enough to give me their window display when they were done with it (and they did!) which is where all the twine balls hanging from the market lights come from. I also really wanted to incorporate our dog Finn (without actually having him there) so I found an amazing vendor on Etsy who hand carved his image onto a stamp – it looks identical to the photo we provided her. We used those stamps on our favors, which was a donation to a local animal rescue foundation. In addition I handwrote all the escort cards, window pane and menus. It was a labor of love! I have dreamt of this day for so long and in the end, it perfectly reflected David and me. We even brought in a food truck instead of having a traditional caterer!

I am also so glad we chose to have a “First Look.” I struggled with this decision for quite some time because I did not want to take away from the magic of the real first look – me walking down the aisle. However, I am so glad we did this, it really was our only alone time and the photos are some of my absolute favorites.

Planning a wedding is stressful, having a budget even more so. In the end it truly is worth it when you are surrounded by your closest friends and family. My parents have been married for 40+ years and David’s parents celebrated their 40th in 2012, so we have very strong role models to look up to. Our cake topper is the same topper my parents had on their cake back in 1971! I married my very best friend… cheers to Happily Ever Parker!

Wedding Photography: Rob Skog of Jennifer Skog Photographers / Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Diablo RanchMount Diablo State Park, California  / Floral Design: Full Bloom / Wedding Coordinator: Meghan McCray Events / Catering: Roli Roti (Gourmet Food Truck) / Cake: Marisa Cakes / Wedding Dress: Moonlight Couture (H1190) via Gesinees Bridal/ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Hair: Natasha Cordellos of 13 Hair Salon / Makeup: Shena Woodall / Burlap Bunting: CMHandmade / Dog Stamp: Ayu Tomikawa Art / DJ: Rob Mutzl – Amos Productions / Decor: (twine balls) Anthropologie / Invitations: 120 Water Street / Calligraphy: The Butler’s Pantry / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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One Year Anniversary Shoot by Jessica Burke Photography

365 days of love and a lifetime of happiness to go. That seems cause for celebration and this couple agrees. So they enlisted the help of Jessica Burke Photography to document one very fabulous year of marriage. And it comes complete with cake and a sunny picnic between the newly crowned Mr. and Mrs. See even more from the golden lens of Jessica right here in the full gallery.

From Jessica Burke Photography…. Mary + Dana were one of my couples last wedding season, and contacted me to photograph an anniversary shoot to celebrate their first year! So fun. The light was amazing for their shoot and the ‘bride’ created a lot of fun details, in collaboration with her mom who owns an antique store Junk in the Trunk…seriously, how cute of a name is that??

From the Bride… In June, Dana and I celebrated our first anniversary. The year went by so fast and was so busy we thought it would be fun to take a moment to stop and truly celebrate the milestone. My mom owns a vintage + antique store, Junk in the Trunk, and we collaborated to pull some pieces together to bring the celebratory shoot to life. I created the paper flags for the straws and the cake topper (because really, what is a celebration without cake?) and pieced florals together. We had a wonderful time and the photos turned out beautifully!

Photography: Jessica Burke Photography / Location: East Bay Area, California / Vintage Decor + Styling: Junk in the Trunk / Cake: Alpine Pastry / Floral Design: DIY

Menlo Park Wedding from Vero Suh Photography

Every DIY bride should get a huge, gold star on her wedding day. Seriously. The weeks leading up to your big day can be so stressful, especially if your crafting your little heart out like this bride. She made all the gorgeous dove favors and the origami photo booth curtain just weeks before she walked down the aisle. Vero Suh Photography captured those pretty details and so much more. See it all right here. 

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From Vero Suh PhotographyAngela and Eric’s wedding celebration took place at the gorgeous Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California. Their wedding day was filled with cultural traditions, dancing and celebration. What I loved about this wedding was the dedicated portrait session time the couple allocated in between the cultural ceremonies. We spent a good two hours (a photographer’s dream!) leisurely photographing the wedding party and the couple, taking full advantage of Rosewood property, from the interior hotel to the perfectly manicured grounds. Angela poured her heart into the details of this yellow-themed wedding, infused the day with symbols of happiness and prosperity. From the dove favors to the beautiful origami crane photo booth curtain, Angela diligently handmade these crafts for weeks leading up to her wedding. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

Wedding Photography: Vero Suh Photography / Wedding Venue: Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California / Wedding Cinematography: Perry Kwok / DJ: Mixter Li / Wedding Dress: San Patrick “Capricho” / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist

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Bay Area Wedding from Jerry Yoon Photography + Soiree by Simone Lennon + Floral Theory

I most definitely didn’t need another reason to LOVE Cavallo Point Lodge (I was already whole heartedly obsessed), but this breathtaking wedding captured by Jerry Yoon Photography just gave me one.  A serious lesson in laid back elegance from the talents of Soiree by Simone LennonFloral Theory and Erin Borges Event Design (just to name a few), it’s everything I adore about this Northern California paradise (beauty, location, style) with a stunning (+ adorable) bride and groom leading the pretty parade one amazing moment at a time.  Click here for so much more.

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From the Bride… Bob and I met in Palo Alto while working at a start-up together in the summer of 2007. He was an East Coast boy from Boston, and I had just graduated from college in Long Beach. His witty cracks and colorful word choices (among them: maybs, probs, totes) got my attention. It was on our first date that I got the inkling that Bob was different from everyone else. I asked him the usual first date questions. “So what is your favorite movie quote?” Bob’s answer really surprised me. He said “Well, I don’t actually like reciting movie quotes. I would rather be originally funny.” Upon hearing that, my brain just exploded. It was like a breath of fresh air and music to my ears. I had finally found someone who was insatiably interesting, hilarious, kind, and also loved to cook!

We got engaged the day after New Years Day of 2011. He got on one knee in our kitchen, the ring on the counter tied to the stem of a champagne glass with a white bow. And of course, I said ‘Yes!’ Neither of us wanted to plan a wedding from hundreds of miles away, so we set out to find a venue close to where we first met and still lived. Among our top priorities was finding a venue that would showcase San Francisco’s glorious views of the bay and its very iconic bridge. The majority of our guests were coming from out-of-town (my family from Southern California and his from Boston) so for many of our guests, this would be their first impression. What we found at Cavallo Point was a one-stop-shop for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, as well as an opportunity to house all our out of town guests on-site, all while providing an incredible view.

As we considered decor, it was all about finding a motif that could seamlessly blend into Cavallo Point’s existing architecture, which has a bit of a Southern-country look to it. Naturally, we also wanted to infuse the wedding with our own personalities. We’re laid-back people, and we like clean lines and natural beauty — nothing too forced or fussy. With the help of our brilliant wedding coordinator and florist, we created a design scheme that was simple, elegant, and timeless. Bob is what I would describe as “a man’s man” so we made sure not to go too overboard with frills and lace. There was a ruggedness to the outdoor cocktail area and reception space using exposed dark wood tables, rectangular wooden flower vases, and giant wine barrels. To complement that, we used white hydrangeas and peachy-pink David Austin roses, floating candles, and sheer cheesecloth runners to reflect his female counterpart (me!).

When the actual day came, we were blessed with some of the best June weather in history. Most people know that in the summer, its not uncommon for the Bay area to be covered in a thick layer of fog. The man upstairs must have been looking out for us because that day, there was not a cloud in the sky. When the chapel doors opened and I saw the perfect rows of flower petals along the aisle, the ethereal tulle backdrop, and all those faces of people I love looking back at me, I felt like maybe I had just died and this is what its like to go to heaven. It was the most surreal moment I’ve ever experienced. I really couldn’t have imagined a better day.

Wedding Photography: Jerry + Ingrid Yoon of Jerry Yoon Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California / Wedding Design + Planning: Simone Lennon of Soiree by Simone Lennon / Floral + Event Design: Yasmin Zialcita Ali of Floral Theory / Contributing Designer: Erin Borges of Erin Borges Event Design / Wedding Cinematography: Alex Kahn of IQ Videography / Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings / Wedding Invitations: Dauphine Press / Menus + Programs: Union Street Papery / Event Rentals + Specialty Linens: Hartmann Studios / Photo Booth: Gary Sexton Photography / Photo Booth Backdrop: Allison Silber of Engaged & Inspired / Wedding Dress: Amsale via Marina Morrison Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Bride’s Vintage Diamonds + Jewelry: Fourtane / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. / Bridal Hair + Makeup: Mikaela South of  sHe Beauty by Sarah Hyde / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

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