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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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Elegant Outdoor Vineyard Wedding in Calistoga

When the talents at Paperweight Films send a film our way, we consider that a very good day. Especially when that film happens to feature a stunning vineyard affair filled with sweet DIY details and one of the cutest couples you will ever virtually meet.  It’s a breathtaking ceremony meets a candlelit party and you can see every moment in the sweet film below, and the gallery captured by Eric James Leffler.

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From Paperweight FilmsMichelle and Tim had a beautiful wedding at Hans Fahden. They spent a lot of time on the small details — Michelle is a design and DIY wiz! The bride created all the paper-based details herself, including the Hydrangea Pomander Balls, Rose Paper Swirl Flowers, Origami Japanese Kusudama Flowers, Origami Paper Cranes, and fans. What’s really special about the origami pieces is that her Grandmother taught her the skill! She also designed their wedding invitations.

Another favorite detail from their wedding is their sweet Corgi, Yuki! These two love their pup and incorporated him so well into their day. He was so handsome in his bowtie!

We’re so happy for this beautiful and sweet couple and were thriled to capture their magic!

From the beautiful Bride… Wedding planning was actually a breeze as I am a pretty well organized person. The only tedious part of planning I came across was doing a lot of the DIY invitations, poster, menus, handmade cranes and paper flowers for the wedding. My main mission was to try to find a venue that had everything packaged with vendors (especially a wedding coordinator). Above all I wanted to find a venue where I did not have to think about extra detailed costs and possibly needing to spend more money on decor and other such add-on’s.

Thus, when we found Hans Fahden, I already knew we found the place. As you step in to Hans Fahden you are surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery with each landscape thought out with love from the owners. I felt like I was walking into a Monet garden (my favorite painter). You are surrounded by arches of green, vineyards, a bridge, ponds, tea houses and so much more. Best of all a beautiful lit wine cave for a reception. There was no need to add anything because it was already all there. You could tell the owners of Hans Fahden truly just wanted to make your wedding day special.

The only vendors we chose to use outside of the Hans Fahden package was our videographer and photographer and my hair/makeup stylist. And I truly have no regrets for choosing them. I received so many compliments for my makeup & hair and our photographer was amazing and I truly barely even noticed our videograpers! Our video, photos, everything about our wedding was beautiful.

Photography: Eric James Leffler | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Coordination: Reana Dean of Hans Fahden Vineyards | Floral Design: Verde Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Calistoga Village Bakery | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Hair & Makeup: Lela Nguyen | DJ: Michaels Music | Groom's Attire: Groom Topman | Officiant: Rev. Blane Ellsworth | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Topper: Lillopop Workshop | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Hans Fahden Vineyards | Dog's Bow Tie: LADogStore

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Molly Sims’ Bridal Party Spa Day + De-Stressing Tips

From her incredibly beautiful wedding to our very own Abby Larson’s AOL Build interview to beauty tips and baby talk, we’ve loved following along with the uber stunning Molly Sims. Her real advice and down to earth personality have inspired us all, so when Jen Philips sent over this throwback to Molly’s bridal party spa day at Solage Calistoga? We knew she’d have some amazing tips for y’all on how to live in the moment and truly enjoy those last few weeks before your Big Day.

SMP: WE LOVE YOUR IDEA FOR A PRE-WEDDING SPA MORNING. WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HAVE THIS TIME WITH YOUR GIRLS?

MS: Some of the best advice someone gave me before my wedding was to stay present in the moment so that you can truly appreciate your wedding to the fullest. The spa time with my ladies was the perfect way to take a breath, relax and get ready for the one of the best days of my life. The spa time helped me not focus on the pre-wedding count down. I was too busy saying “this is really happening” as I was enjoying a mimosa rather than stressing out that it WAS really happening.

SMP: WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR BRIDE’S TO MENTALLY RELAX BEFORE THE BIG DAY?

MS: Have a cocktail!! Just kidding… Honestly, you know yourself best. What is your favorite way to unwind? Working out, going for a jog, getting nails done, whatever it is, make a little time for yourself to unwind and get yourself in the right frame of mind. Don’t stress yourself out on the tiny details. I promise you nobody will notice if the flowers weren’t placed at a 45degree angle facing the sunset on the gift table. Everyone is there to support you and your future spouse, celebrate your special day. If there is anything outstanding three days before the wedding, make a list of those items and delegate it to someone else and let it go!!

SMP: HOW DID THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE SUPPORT YOU LEADING UP TO YOUR WEDDING?

MS: They were my everything!! I’m so lucky to have an amazing group of girlfriends. Through thick and thin, they have supported me through the years. I was working on a TV show that shot in NYC prior to my wedding and those ladies were amazing to coordinate a bachelorette weekend out in the Hamptons which was quite tricky because my shooting schedule was so hectic.

SMP: YOUR GO-TO SPA TREATMENT?

MS: Getting a massage!! Don’t get me wrong, I love just about any spa treatment, including that yummy water with fruit spas always have!!

Photography: Jen Philips Photography | Catering: Solage Calistoga | Spa: Solage Calistoga

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Rustic Farm-to-Table Napa Valley Wedding

If you’re looking for the quintessential California wedding, look no further. This Napa Valley celebration hits every note, from epic farm-to-table feast to romantic winery views. Onelove Photography captured every inch of this summer soiree and I predict these pics becoming the new go-to source for all those seeking some rustic west coast wedding inspiration.

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From One Love Photography… This couple loves Calfornia for it’s culture: live folk music, wine and fresh produce, and wanted to showcase this at their wedding. It was all about the food! Guests were greeted with Spiked Strawberry Lemonade. Signature drinks were Greyhounds and Cucumber Collins, along with a Fine Scotch Bar.

From The Bride… Wine country is really special to us as a couple, so we didn’t want to do anything too flashy to overshadow the beauty and simplicity of that region. We picked all local wines and beers, and the food was farm-to-table. We are city and country so there was an elegance to a lot of the elements in the wedding while keeping the overall vibe down to earth. Adding the live Bluegrass band and having our first dance be a George Strait song while dancing in the dirt in Jimmy Choo’s and eating fresh oysters is a perfect example of how we tried to compliment various sides of our personalities and who we are as a couple.

Our venue had a balcony that overlooked our cocktail area and after the ceremony we headed up there to do a quick toast. First we spent about 10 minutes alone relishing what had just happened. Once we stepped on to the balcony it was so fun and touching to look out over all of the people we love most in the world.

Also our first dance is absolutely burned into memory, every second of it was delicious to just be completely wrapped up in each other and the moment.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Matter Video | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Jewelry: Wedding Atelier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Caterer: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Hair And Makeup: Bella Bridal Hair | Calligraphy: Kirby Salvador | DJ: Walt Vela | Groom's Attire: Aksel Paris - Custom Suits | Event Coordination And Design: Off The Beaten Path Weddings | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

Wine cave? Yes please! This wedding led guests into a cave full of vino for an epic dance party, but not before they were immersed in a whole lotta pretty. With Fleurs De France and East Six setting the scene, guests were treated to quite a sight before they partied the night away. Suzy Berberian planned it all from top to bottom, and Laurie Bailey and New Classic Films captured every moment of this amazing celebration. I could ramble on and on but you can see it all for yourself right here!

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From Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events… It’s not often that a planner finds a couple so wonderful that they’ll change their entire calendar around to accommodate them, but that’s what happened when I met Joanna and Adam! From the start they wanted a fun, elegant and gorgeous wedding, and every detail over the next year was developed with those plans in mind.

The wedding design started off in romantic and clean whites and pale green, with Joanna’s bouquet formed with white peonies, roses and sweet peas. Dinner on the stunning Lommel Lawn showcased the meal with beautiful pewter patterned linen, silver-rim glass chargers, and more white flowers. Lavender was placed on each napkin with the place card to bring a touch of color to the settings, and anchor the card in the mild evening breezes.

After dinner guests were welcomed into the Wine Cave for a completely different experience! The cave walls were saturated in red lighting, and white leather furniture with mirrored accent tables offered a spot for guests to lounge when they weren’t out on the dance floor. Linens and pillows in burgundy and pewter completed the look for the cocktail tables and the stunning cake display. The perfect Napa Valley wedding for a fun couple with impeccable taste!

From The Bride… I met my husband in college, but we fell in love when he was living in San Francisco and I was in New York. When it came time to plan our wedding, our first thought was Napa. We had spent a few romantic weekends there while we were dating, and knew it would be an easy draw for our friends and family, who are mostly from the east coast. We made a trip to Napa to start planning, and fell in love with our venue, Calistoga Ranch, and our planner, Suzy Berberian.

Once we saw Calistoga Ranch there was nowhere else we could get married – it was so beautiful and the perfect size for the intimate wedding we wanted. With such a stunning setting to work with, we decided to emphasize the beauty and contrast between the outdoor and indoor spaces. The dinner was held on the lawn, overlooking the valley on one side and a lake and mountains on the other. As the sun set, the light played beautifully off of the silver linens and white flowers, accented with flickering candles. The long queen’s tables ensured everyone had a spectacular view and we loved the twist on the traditional that the layout and the family style dinner created.

After dinner, our guests drifted back to the Wine Cave, which was lit a vibrant red; the décor, the music and flowing cocktails ensured the night turned into the wild party we hope for – I even crowd-surfed in my gown! We loved the contrast between the first half of the night and the second, and that the venue allowed us to have, in turn, elegance and a bacchanal.

The day had so many highlights for me, but walking with my father to the ceremony is at the top of the list. It was incredible to see the faces of our friends and family, the incredible site high above Napa Valley, all of the little details we spent so much time planning and of course my husband, standing under the chuppah. It was an unforgettable moment, and the highlight of my life so far, to be surrounded by our loved ones and marrying the love of my life, all in the most beautiful place I had ever been.

The planning process was complicated by the fact that we live in New York, but made so easy by our planner Suzy Berberian. We made only two trips to California, and did everything else from across the continent. Suzy made it all so seamless and so much fun – she knew every vendor in the area and did an incredible job of taking my vague guidance and shaping it into our perfect day.

Our photographer, Laurie Bailey, was also an easy choice as I had been following her work for years after seeing photos had taken for friends. After our engagement shoot in Santa Barbara we knew that we not only loved her, but also that she would make us look amazing and capture the candid moments we love so much. We are so happy with the outcome and she was beyond wonderful on our wedding day.

Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography | Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | Flowers: Fleurs De France | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Stationery: East Six | Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six | Catering: Calistoga Ranch | Calligraphy: Owensquill | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals Napa/Sonoma | Officiant: Rabbi Lee Bycel | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cave Music And Lawn Microphones: DJ Jeremy Productions | Ceremony/Dinner Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Detailer/Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi | End-of-night Favors: Bouchon Bakery | Groom’s Tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Hair/Makeup: It’s A Date At The Powder Room | Ketubah: Ruth Mergi | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Calistoga Ranch | Video: New Classic Films | Wedding Dress And Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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Solage Calistoga Wedding Awash with Yellow

Solage Calistoga is stunning in and of itself but when you add sunny yellow florals, lemon details helping guests find their way to their seats and a gaggle of littles, it takes on a whole new level of awesome. Planned by Stacy McCain, infused with the happiest blooms by Loop Events and captured by Weddings By Sasha, have a look at the full gallery for yellow in its shiniest, happiest form.

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From The Bride…Paul and I dated for two years after having met ten years earlier through a mutual friend. We’d both been living in San Francisco after spending a few years in New York City and finally the timing was right for both of us, after just one official date it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing!

I grew up in Northern Virginia but we both knew we wanted to get married in the Bay Area. We loved spending weekends in Napa Valley and the wine country was our first choice. We also knew we wanted a summer wedding. As soon as we visited Solage Calistoga we knew it couldn’t get any better. It was important to us that the weekend be as hassle free and luxurious as possible for our friends and family who were coming from all over the world. We wanted a venue with a fantastic restaurant, beautiful outdoor and indoor event space, luxury service for our guests and amazing pool and spa – it was perfect! Our decision to work with Stacy McCain Events was the best decision we made, Stacy and her team created our dream wedding and made the entire process seamless and smooth. We were thrilled to secure the band Wonderbread 5 for the reception and probably would have missed out on them if it weren’t for Stacy.

We started the weekend with a beautiful and laid back outdoor rehearsal dinner at Gott’s in St. Helena which was a perfect kick off to a wine country weekend. Paul’s 11 year old nephew, Luke Kennedy, gave a surprise toast that moved everyone to tears, it was such a special moment for us! Afterwards we invited all of the guests who were in town to a cocktail reception by the pool at Solage. The setting was so lovely and in addition to being the day of summer solstice there was a glowing ‘Supermoon’, the largest full moon of the year, shining down on the festivities.

We loved our officiant, Rev. Peadar Dalton, a friend of Paul’s parents, he was terrific! We both come from Irish families and Rev. Dalton has a charming Irish brogue which was a big hit with everyone. He was warm and gracious and included our parents in a very sweet blessing of the rings. We wrote our own vows and it was so sweet to recite them in front of our loved ones. Our wedding parties included our nieces and nephews and our treasured terrier, Archibald. The ceremony was outside on the lawn and our pianist played “Imagine” by John Lennon while the flower girls and our nephews walked down the aisle, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. Walking down the aisle with my Dad to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen played on the piano was a moment I’ll never forget. Paul and I were so moved by all of the toasts that day as well, our friends and families words meant so much to us. We chose the song “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, one of our favorite musicians, for our first dance and it was so perfect!

We were blown away by the beautiful and fun pictures Sasha Gulish captured, she was fantastic to work with, our guests kept telling us how much they loved her and her team. Anna Hoffman of Loop Flowers & Events did an absolutely gorgeous job, the arrangements and displays throughout the weekend were stunning. The ‘altar’ was a simple circle of white rose petals and it looked so sweet against the naturally beautiful backdrop of the Palisades. Our niece Isla couldn’t resist wandering in and out of the circle throughout the ceremony, it was so cute! Our extraordinary team of vendors, thanks to Stacy, flawlessly executed our unforgettable, romantic, summery and fun weekend that we had been dreaming of. We left for our honeymoon so thankful and in awe of all of the love in our lives. To our delight, we’re now proud parents of Colin James Kennedy, born April 5, 2014!

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Cinematographer: Justin Fone Productions | Event Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Loop Events Arts | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: A Day In May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: She Artists | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Wedding Venue: Solage Calistoga | Best Man Suit: Banana Republic | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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