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This Welcome Dinner Takes It To The Next Level

There’s no denying it; as SMPers we get to be a part of some pretty fabulous things but at the tippy top of that list? Traveling to the beautiful countryside of Mexico and participating in Jose Villa’s Workshop last fall. With Easton Events, Mindy Rice, Studio by Fleur, Casa de Perrin and more coming together, we were left beyond inspired. In honor of the 2016 Workshop Announcement – and the last one at the legendary Hacienda – we’re looking back at all the beauty starting with this Welcome Dinner, thanks to Jose’s amazing images of it all. This week is off to one great start if we do say so ourselves…

From Mindy RiceWhen designing the Welcome Party at the hacienda, I took in the location as the main source of inspiration. Situated in the old grain room, the colors of the walls and floor reminded me of a more Colonial time in Mexico. A long, family style table fit the space beautifully as the natural light spilled in through the large iron doors. Lynn, Augusta (Easton Events) and I decide on blue as the evening color…. a rich dusty blue linen was designed with simple inverted pleats on each of the corners allowing the linen to hang with a weighty drape! The color was inspired by the aged blue paint you see in the small village of El Carmen. Flickering candles melted freely and vines were added to the brick crevices- all of these details added a sense of time to this already historic setting!

For floral, I used my collection of antique pewter troughs and ornate finials with pewter floral detailing. The fresh floral consisted of delicate blue hydrangea, Loquats, wild millet, guava branches, delphinium and blue forget-me-nots. A vine that grows freely on the hacienda was added, giving the table a softer, more organic look.

Our generous napkins with a hand crochet, lace edge, were dramatic as they spill off the table. Filligris, silver rings gathered each of the Jan Barboglio napkins giving the table a refined look.

Casa de Perrin supplied the beautiful dishes, flatware and glassware for the evening. The charger plate, hand glazed in soft white with a delicate scalloped edge, was stunning under the clean silhouette of the Heath dinner plate. The cutlery in pewter, was timeless and so pretty placed on the blue linen! Simple cut crystal glassware and salt pinches reflected off the various candles as guest dined.

Amber Moon designed the most darling fold out menus. Each letter pressed with an organic motif in a dusty grey/blue hue. A delicate hemp thread tied each closed… like a gift for each guest.

Jose Villa 2016 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 6 – 10, 2016
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Engagement Ring: Trumpet and Horn | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Venue: Hacienda El Carmen | Candles: Creative Candles| Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Custom Wax Seals: Written Word Calligraphy | Dress Bust: Found Rentals | Film Maker + Photography: Joel Serrato | Fine Catering + Welcome Gift Snacks: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Floral + Design: Mindy Rice | Floral + Design: Studio by Fleur | Floral Assistant: La Musa de las Flores | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Food Styling Backdrops: The Surface Library | On-site Wardrobe: Summer Watkins | Paper + Design: Amber Moon | Planning + Design: Easton Events | Printed Paper: Czar Press | Table Cloths: Designing Linens | Table Rentals: Classic Party Rentals – Santa Barbara | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wardrobe Stylist: Geraldine Magazine | Welcome Party Napkins: Jan Barboglio

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Married on a Floral Farm? Total Venue Envy

Let’s just say that this couple picked the coolest venue. Because when it comes to finding a unique space for your Big Day, it doesn’t get any better than a 10-acre floral farm blooming with romance. Mag & B Photography was on hand to capture it all and to say that it’s a show-stopper would be putting it lightly. From the freshly pressed carrot margaritas to the stunning views, see it all unfold in The Vault!


From the Bride… Sean and I are from two different worlds – well, Boston and San Francisco, respectively. We currently live in Boston, and as we are blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives – so many cherished relationships all over the world – we knew that no matter where we chose to celebrate our love that most of our friends and family would need to travel. If we were going to ask so many people to pack a bag, hop on a plane, deal with long lines and security, then we certainly wanted them to be welcomed with fun and a great party.

When looking for a venue, we wanted something to embody what’s special to us. Something drastically different from what we’d seen. We wanted something adventurous, a venue that burst with natural beauty, something vibrantly unexpected, and something that reflected the journey, not only of where we had been and where we are going, but something that reflected each and every one of our guests’ journeys as well. We searched high and low: Boston, Sonoma, Montana, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and beyond before stumbling upon the magical Flora Farms. The research and detailed spreadsheets stopped there. We had found our place on the edge of the world with its boundless beauty, from the sunshine to the sea. Flora Farms is the best kind of farm: a working, 10-acre organic farm in the foothills of San Jose del Cabo, where the carrot margaritas are freshly juiced and the people’s smiles warm your heart. Make it over the hill and down the dirt road and you won’t ever want to leave.

It didn’t hurt that our favorite things were prevalent at the farm as well; the food and the drink are beyond compare at Flora Farms. We celebrate, we commiserate and we plan our future over margaritas – why should our special day be any different? We booked the venue sight-unseen (beyond lots of obsessive Instagram stalking of the lucky people who had been and ‘grammed about it). Then came Lauren, our wedding planner, who corralled the best vendors in Cabo. Planning from afar, each one brought their beauty to the day; we never even had to ask.

We tried to fit the wedding with our personalities: carefree and easy-going but with sometimes very specific attention to details – and, more spreadsheets (we blame our day jobs for those). With no specific theme to speak of, beyond a hint of romantic color, delicious cocktails and a good time, we were able to spend a memorable few days pre-and-post-wedding relaxing by the pool with those closest to us. Our families and friends bonded and grew to love each other over sunscreen, quesadillas and 3-5pm happy hours so that our wedding dinner, catch-of-the-day fish, garlic roasted chicken, house made burrata and pearl pasta, served family-style was a true testament to the new family that we all had become.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for us and we loved that our guests were able to make some special memories of their own, extending their vacations and spending additional time together. We wish we could do it all over again. We had so much fun!

From Mag & B Photography… This was a unique wedding in the setting of Flora Farms, an organic farm located in Cabo, MX. This couple was wonderful to work with and it was apparent how much thought was put in to all the details of the day. They truly embraced the farm setting. Emily and Sean had their “first sight” at the farm, and it couldn’t of been more special. The look on the grooms face said it all. Her dress was Vera Wang, and perfect for her surroundings. It was a warm, balmy night and as romantic as it was in true form it evolved in to quite the party. The love in the room was almost tangible. Congrats to these two, it was the perfect night and we absolutely loved celebrating your love in such a lovely place.

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Photography: Mag & B Photography | Photography: Mag & B Photography | Coordination: Maria Boehme Of Amy Abbott Events | Coordinator: Maria Boehme Of Amy Abbott Events | Florist: Florenta Flower Design | Florist: Florenta Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Boston | Stationary: tom wiklund | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Wedding Venue: Flora Farms | Wedding Venue: Flora Farms | Signs: Hello Tenfold

This Engagement Shoot Is What Love Looks Like

See these smiles? Yeah, that’s real. That’s genuine joy right there if I do say so myself and I can’t get enough of it. Dana Fernandez is my hero today, capturing these cuties in Cabo; if you’re in need of a mood boost, head right over to our Vault and you will not be disappointed.

From the Bride-to-be… We chose to do our engagement shoot in Cabo to capture our love for the beach and travel. Matthew and I have been to Cabo a handful of times together starting early on in our relationship. It is a very meaningful place for us where we have shared many fond memories and will continue to do so. To further emphasize our love of exploring the world together, Matthew is wearing a pair of shoes we got on a trip to Germany. We also love getting dressed up so we went all out with a suit and gown. Taking the photos was paired with a weekend spent in Cabo with both of our parents and Matthew’s aunt, Dana (the photographer ), which made it truly unforgettable!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Gown: Rent The Runway | Suit: M Penner | Film Lab: The Find Lab

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