SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
Hint of Glamour Napa Estate Wedding

In all it’s al fresco beauty, this affair beneath the wildly branching trees of Napa is wine country lover’s dream. And fittingly so, with a South African winemaker as the handsome Groom. They paired blushes, grays and emerald green for an unexpected and pleasant palette that complements every touch. onelove photography captured it all and this lovely little gallery is the result!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…It was important to us as a couple for our wedding to be fun, light hearted, and full of love. We kept our guest list small, including just close friends and family, and did all of the planning together. We knew we wanted to honor Bertus’s South African heritage, have tons of great wine and food since we are both in the industry, and enjoy a night of dancing and laughing with all of our favorite people. Essentially, we wanted it to feel like a dinner party we would host with our friends, only slightly more glamourous.

When we started our planning process we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Napa, not only because it is an absolutely beautiful backdrop, but also because this is the place where we live, work, and where we fell in love. For our reception we decided to have one long farm table, so we could have a family style meal with large formats of wine. We dubbed it a “big bottle party” and hand selected each bottle from our favorite producers. We also wanted to play up the natural beauty of our venue by keeping our decorations simple. We were lucky to have the most wonderful vendors, friends, and family standing behind us.

Our only advice is to have fun with it, and if it ever starts to overwhelm you, grab a glass of wine.

Bertus is the winemaker for Regusci Winery, James Cole Winery, T-Vine Cellars and Tank Garage Winery.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Stationary: Minted | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Cake Designer: Sweet On Cake | Ceremony And Reception: Private Estate | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Florals: Yoli's Flowers | Rentals: Wine Country Party

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here

You'll love these vendors in California

Michael & Anna Costa Photograp...
View Portfolio
Milou + Olin Photography
View Portfolio
Classic Cable Car Charters
View Portfolio
Durham Ranch
View Portfolio
Viera Photographics
View Portfolio
Monte Verde Inn
View Portfolio
(once like a spark) photography + A Discount!

Here at SMP, we get a little bit giddy when we run across a vendor that takes our breath away. Case in point? (once like a spark) photography. Based in San Diego, Los Angeles + Northern California, this boutique-style photography company creates photos that are truly different — timelessly beautiful with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of charm.

When you work with (once like a spark) photography, you’re not only signing on with an amazing photographer, but also with a team of wedding experts (in-house planner, editor, etc.) that will seamlessly guide you through the process. Knowing that your wedding photos will be some of your most treasured memories, (once like a spark) photography not only captures you and your honey to perfection, but makes sure you’re totally comfortable on your big day, knows how to schedule everything to get the perfect light and edits beautifully to make sure the final product is picture perfect.

For a ton more information and to book your big day with (once like a spark) photography, head over to their website. OH, there’s more! Just for our SMP readers, (once like a spark) photography is offering either $200 off your package or a free engagement session for the month of November! Be sure to mention SMP California when filling out the contact form to redeem discount. 

Sponsored-Post

Fleurs de France

Flowers make people happy, that’s a well known fact. But wedding flowers? Well, those beauties cause elation! And when your big day bouquets + arrangements are done by the uber talented Fleurs de France, the pretty just doesn’t stop.

With over 20 years of experience, Jessica of Fleurs de France has created countless unique floral designs for couples saying “I do” in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Passionate about weddings, parties and events and endlessly creative, she helps her clients’ dreams become reality by pulling inspiration from the area’s breathtaking scenery as well as the couple’s personal style. Fleurs de France works closely with each couple to create a floral look that is truly special. Whether you’re hosting a traditional intimate soiree or a modern over-the-top bash, Fleurs de France makes sure your big day is completely stress free and flawlessly executed!

To see even more of their gorgeous work, be sure to take a peek at the Fleurs de France blog and head over here to contact Fleurs de France to start planning your big day!

Photo Credits: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Larissa Cleveland PhotographyLarissa Cleveland Photography | Jenna Marie Photography | Fleurs de France | Arrowood PhotographyBriana Marie Photography Wedding Planners: Stacy McCain Events | Cole Drake Events | Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | A Dream Wedding Venues Pictured: Calistoga Ranch | St. Francis Winery | Chalk Hill WineryGundlach Bundschu | Booneville Hotel | Harvest Inn | Chateau St. Jean

Sponsored-Post

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Fresh, Farm-to-Table Wedding in Napa

A wedding that feels intimate and cozy, a gathering of loved ones feasting on really amazing food – isn’t that what we all really want at the end of the day? And if you happen to be wearing a gorgeous gown and having all of the festivities captured by K Stone Photography; then it’s even better. Have a look at this day planned by Marisa Nicole Events along with blooms by Valley Flora that really celebrates the true beauty of a wedding – love, family and amazing wine pairings.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Rustic

From K Stone PhotographySpencer and Shirley did not want an ordinary wedding day. They wanted their wedding day to be authentic to who they are — and more than anything, they wanted to spoil their friends and family.

The couple chose Long Meadow Ranch for their venue, known mostly for it’s amazing array of fresh, farm to table menu and eclectic wines. The day began at the Andaz Napa where the couple prepared and saw one another for the first time that day. From here, the bridal party made their way to Grgich Hills Estate for some wine tasting and gorgeous romantic photos. Every moment of the day, was thoughtfully planned by Spencer and Shirley — they wanted to make sure all of their favorite vineyards were made a part of this amazing day. In the late afternoon, the bridal party arrived to a cocktail hour at Long Meadow, where Spencer and Shirley greeted and mingled with their guests, before the ceremony took place. By six o clock, Shirley had changed into her gown and each guest was seated beneath an oak tree for a beautiful ceremony, followed by an amazing dinner party. The reception had the best of food and

Spencer and Shirley are among the most generous people you will meet. Their wedding day was created around this spirit of generosity. While it was a celebration of their love, they gave back to all of the people around them. Long Meadow Ranch was the perfect venue, providing an amazing menu and beautiful backdrop. Marisa Nicole, designed much of the day, each detail perfectly planned and simply stated. And as their wedding photographers, we are so honored to know this couple. To see their day unfold in front of our lenses and to be inspired by this couple as they gave back to everyone around them.

Photography: K Stone Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Reception Venue: Long Meadow Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Christina Chen | Hotel: Andaz Napa | Wedding Venue: Grgich Hills Estate

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Weddings Unveiled

As the days begin to shorten and the temps start to drop, it can only mean one thing: fall weddings are upon us! California brides, get ready to gather tons of inspiration at the Weddings Unveiled event from 11am until 2pm on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. This free bridal + wedding fair will get you on your way to planning your dream wedding!

This incredible free event (yes, free!) will help couples get a head start on their planning to-do list! All held in a beautiful setting filled with amazing inspiration, Weddings Unveiled will feature live music, a couture bridal fashion show by Bridal Galleria as well as 40+ top wedding professionals! This show is basically a one-stop-shop, where couples can check out incredible cakes, caterers, florists, invitations, music and even honeymoon destinations! Be sure to mark your calendars for September 14, my dears.

Not only will there be tons of amazing vendors, but there will also be giveaways, raffle prizes (such as 2 VIVO fascinators and a Motives gift bag) and special discounts, including 10% off invitations at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy! For more information on the event, check out the Weddings Unveiled Facebook Page, and to RSVP, head over here!

Sponsored-Post

 

Elegant Carneros Inn Wedding

I love the little personal touches infused into weddings. It’s those details that hit me the most. Take this Napa fete from Amazae Special Events and Jennifer Skog for instance. Not only did this adorable duo’s love blossom in the fourth grade, but on top of that they had the Groom’s brother officiate their ceremony, followed by the stowing away of their vows with a bottle of wine to be opened back up on their fifth anniversary. Now, how sweet is that? See the rest of this beautiful day right here.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Resort
Styles
Modern

From the beautiful Bride… The two of us have known each other for over twenty years, having met as children in the fourth grade of elementary school. Fast forward through a friendship that lasted throughout middle school, high school and college, we went our separate ways as life led him to Palo Alto and me to San Diego, 500 miles apart. We reconnected years later and things never felt more right. After six years of dating, three of which were long distance before I relocated to Palo Alto, he proposed to me while overlooking the ocean on a weekend getaway to beautiful Carmel.

Our fantastic event designer and planner, Crystal Lequang, helped us narrow venues down until we came to The Carneros Inn. We were smitten with its intimate feel and perfect balance of modern luxury and California chic. As evidenced by the fruit trees and vegetable gardens on the grounds, The Carneros Inn’s restaurant, Farm, focuses on seasonal foods from the Napa Valley. Being lovers of our local markets and farms, this truly spoke to us and we were so excited to craft a memorable and delicious menu of our favorite foods and wines.

We dreamed of a personal, meaningful and classic wedding that wouldn’t be overly formal; romantic yet masculine with a touch of elegance and a hint of the outdoors. We wanted to be mindful of the things that would make our guests feel at ease and a part of a warm celebration of our love. Oh, and of course, we wanted it to be a fabulously great time! We dove right into the details and decided on a palette of soft blushes, champagne, ivory and gold to be carried throughout the day. And there was no shortage of inspiration as we pulled from sources such as the venue’s apple orchard, an extremely unique chair in the style of Louis XV that would become a part of the outdoor vignette, beautiful organically shaped gold charger plates, and even the details of my wedding gown.

Keeping in mind how we wished for the day to be personal and meaningful, we asked Toan’s brother to officiate for us and decided to write the ceremony together with stories of our childhood meeting and hopes for the future. We also chose to write our vows and read them to each other amid both laughter and tears. A wine box ceremony wrapped things up where our vows were stowed away with a bottle of wine to be read and enjoyed on our fifth anniversary. After sealing our commitment with a kiss, we walked back up the aisle to a joyous rendition of “It Had To Be You” and led our guests on a parade through the resort among the fruit trees and cottages and began the celebration.

I loved every single moment of the day, but if I had to choose some highlights I would include: reading my vows to my oldest, dearest friend; feeling overjoyed to be surrounded by our loved ones when we were all seated for dinner; the phenomenal same-day-edit video that was shown, and our first dance. Since I would be the first to admit to having two left feet, we decided to take lessons and had a simple choreographed routine to “Dream a Little Dream of Me” that was sweet and a little playful. Toan would be sure to add that some of his highlights were the awesome band that played covers of his favorite Journey songs, the Vespa that not only served up scoops of gelato but was the perfect photo op, and the very popular late night bites of sliders and grilled cheeses after all that dancing!

Our wedding day was full of happiness and the moments were sincerely us. We are thankful for our nearest and dearest who attended, and of course, our amazing team of vendors. They are all so exceedingly talented, completely genuine and brought so much heart to the day and helped us create extraordinary memories. Toan and I could not be more grateful.

Photography: Jennifer Skog Photography | Videography: Burkhart Studios | Event Design: Amazae Special Events - Crystal Lequang | Event Planning: Amazae Special Events - Crystal Lequang | Cake: Inticing Creations | Stationary: Marizette Paperie | Band: Livewire Band - Through Entire Productions | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Touch Of Strings | Flipbooth: The Laugh Box | Florals: Cherries | Gelato Bar: Café Scooteria | Make-up / Hair: PMA | Resort: The Carneros Inn, Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA, United States

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here