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Adorable At Home Engagement Shoot with Sips + Sweet Kisses

Weddings may always be our jam but by golly, I love a good engagement shoot. And the ones shot at home, well, they’re by far my fav. So when Koman Photography shared this gem, I had to return the favor and share with you all too – it’s my own little request for more at home snuggle sessions captured on camera. With a handsome pup, baked treats and sparkling sips, how could you disagree?!

From the Bride-to-be… It was 2009, at a Los Angeles Taiwanese Young Professional (LATYP) meet up event, and Jack was one of the hosts. I tagged along with my friend, eager to make new friends. I sure noticed him for the first time, but our sights did not meet. He was there, I was here, and many new faces in between us. Nevertheless, we became friends, and we eventually became acquainted throughout many LATYP events for next couple years.

It was 2011, at the OC Fair, Jack decided to give me a minion plush toy he had won, and it forever held our hands together. Earlier, I had tried very hard to get a minion toy, but all efforts were in vain. Right at the brink of me giving up, that’s when Jack came towards me, with half of himself behind a large minion. “Here you go” Jack stated, while passing me the minion. Along with the minion, my heart was won.

In the fifth year of our relationship, I guess it was time to make it official – so Jack had thought. When we were spending our Christmas holidays with our siblings at Bellingham, WA, with some help, during an improvised “play” where a few of us were in roles, Jack went down on his knee, and asked me to marry him, asking me if “I would spend rest of my life with him?” “YES, YES, & YES” – I had waited for the moment!

Koman Photography’s style is exactly what I wanted, a soft and romantic atmosphere. They reminded us that “It’s all about you: your love, interests, and style,” so we thought there was no better place than our home to be the backdrop to our love story. During our session, we had a lot fun with Marlene and John, they had their special way of conducting their shoot with ease, which ultimately made Jack and I less anxious. We were certainly worried about awkward looking poses and gazes, especially for Jack, however, John and Marlene made the shoot fun, relaxing and comfortable. Choosing the Komans was the right decision and and Jack and I cannot wait to work with them again on our big day!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Whole Foods Market | Hair + Makeup: Irene Sit | Bride-to-be's Attire: Abercrombie | Props: Michaels

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We Found Your Dream Locale, Breathtaking Ocean Views Included

We know that choosing a locale for your Big Day isn’t always easy, but if you dream of saying “I do” surrounded by breathtaking cliff sides and endless Pacific Ocean views, The Heritage House Resort & Spa should most definitely be on your radar. It’s the type of sweet venue that is simply made for marrying, whether that’s an intimate celebration with just your nearest and dearest or an elopement built for two overlooking the lush Mendocino landscape. Plan that wedding of your dreams below.

The Northern California coast is the sort of place that just takes your breath away… which makes saying “I do” amongst it’s endless beauty a serious no-brainer. And when it comes to hosting your intimate soiree or elopement, there’s no place better than The Heritage House Resort & Spa. Tucked away on a cliffside with movie-like views from every window, it’s luxurious accommodations meets Four Star amenities meets the wedding of a lifetime. In other words? It’s everything you would ever want for your wedding weekend, plus a talented staff to make all of your wedding dreams happen. You can’t go wrong.

Ready to start that journey to happily ever after, complete with awe-inspiring ocean views? Contact The Heritage House Resort & Spa today to begin planning that wedding of a lifetime. You AND your guests will never forget a moment.


Interested in staying at The Heritage House Resort & Spa? Email and mention SMP and they will be happy to include champagne upon your arrival, a complimentary upgrade and breakfast in bed. And don’t forget to mention SMP if you are booking a vow renewal or smaller celebration to receive 25% off site fees for May, June and July!

Photography: Holly Shankland Photography | Photography: Cassandra Young | Ceremony Venue: Heritage House Resort | Reception Venue: Heritage House Resort | Wedding Venue: Heritage House Resort | Accomodations: Heritage House Resort | Location: Heritage House Resort | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Heritage House Resort

Bringing a Big Dose of Modern to this Napa Black Tie Affair

Black and white wins every single time in our book. It’s so classic and elegant even when paired with modern details. Now throw a crazy talented bunch of wedding vendors into that mix including design by A Savvy Event, florals by Nancy Liu Chin, a whole lot of pretty imagery by Lindsay Madden Photography and a film by Reel Eyes Media, and it takes this already stunning affair and truly makes it shine. Plus there’s a fairy godmother of wine tucked in the gallery and what’s not to love about that?


From A Savvy Event…Katlin and Nawder Alavi were just a girl from Florida and a boy from Texas, until they met each other at SMU during their college years. They fell in love, and eventually moved out to a beautiful apartment in the marina district of San Francisco. Their home is clean, and white, with many modern elements. When Katlin and Nawder first started planning their big day, they knew that they wanted to bring a similar style to their wedding.

With the help of Kelly from A Savvy Event, the Alavis planned a romantic, elegant, black tie affair at Meadowood Napa Valley. The entire weekend of events was picture perfect, from their welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Brasswood Estate, to their brunch and croquet game on the lawns at Meadowood.

Because the groom and his family are Persian, it was important to the couple that they incorporate Persian elements into the ceremony. Katlin and Nawder had two officiants, and a Persian-American ceremony. In following with the Persian traditions, they had a sofreye aghd, filled with beautiful elements such as a mirror, candlesticks, beautifully crafted flatbreads, decorated eggs, sugar, gold coins, and more. Traditionally this portion of the wedding is very colorful, but in keeping with Katlin and Nawder’s design aesthetic, it was filled with white and metallic accents.

Cocktail hour was held on the fairway of the golfcourse, with playful elements such as a woman wearing a champagne skirt, which the guests enjoyed immensely. They offered signature drinks from a bar surrounded by elegant lounge areas, all enclosed with greenery.

Dinner was held in an open air tent on the upper lawn. The tent was intended to define and elevate the outdoor space, so that the guests felt as if they were simultaneously inside a black tie venue while enjoying the beauty of Meadowood’s outdoor spaces. The head table ran down the middle of the tent, with chandeliers hanging above. The silver mirrored tables used to seat the bridal parties and bride and groom reflected the lights shining from above, creating a sparkly ambiance throughout the meal. The rest of the surrounding tables were covered in metallic tablecloths of two variations, all of which complemented each other and the head tables. The florals were white with hints of greenery and sage colors, in modern vessels to create a clean contrast with the more romantic china and table scapes.

Nawder’s most important request was to have a fantastic band that could sing into the night. So, they flew one up from Los Angeles and danced the night away with their guests.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography​ | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Custom Made | Invitations: Yonder Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna | Lighting: Lux Production | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Hair & Make Up: Professional Makeup Artistry | Hair & Make Up: It's A Date at The Powder Room | Photobooth: Giggle and Riot | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Glassy Baby | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Rion Designs | Sofreh Aghd Designs: Fancy Little Details | Video: Reel Eyes Media

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