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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)


European Inspired California Estate Wedding

Lane Dittoe, you’ve done it again. You’ve photographed a wedding so impossibly chic, it’s hard to believe it’s actually real. You see, when this Bride and Groom traveled through France not only did they come home engaged, but completely inspired for the design of their Big Day. Believe me, your afternoon just got infinitely sweeter. More inside The Vault and don’t miss REB6studios‘ beautiful film below!


From The Bride…Christophe proposed to me on a trip to France that he had planned as a birthday gift. I was looking forward to three weeks of food, wine and French country life, and had no idea that this would really be our engagement trip! We were staying in a small town in the south of France and he told me the hotel had a special bottle of champagne to give to us before dinner. It was a beautiful setting – a small balcony with room only for two chairs and a table overlooking the Mediterranean as the sun set. He gave me a photo book he had made of all of our travels together. I can’t imagine the anticipation he must have been feeling as I slowly looked through each page; the last page of the book asked me to marry him! When I got there, he got down on a knee with the ring and a violinist appeared and began to play. It was the most magical and happy moment of my life.

As we travelled through France, which included meeting some of Christophe’s family who live there, we began to think about what type of wedding we would have. We loved the villas we visited in Provence and Burgundy and we hoped to incorporate those memories into our wedding. We wanted a destination wedding, but a destination closer to home (San Diego) so that all of our family and friends would be able to come. We took several trips to northern California, looking for a venue that would feel like a private European villa where we could hold all of our events and host our family. When we found Stonepine estate, I knew it was perfect.

We spent many months planning ever detail of the wedding with our wedding coordinator Thomas and Bonnie. We wanted the wedding events to last several days and for it be a vacation for all of our guests to celebrate love and romance. We included an al fresco family-style dinner at a local restaurant, a day of wine-tasting at nearby vineyards in Carmel Valley, horseback riding and hiking. Instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner, we held a western-style welcome dinner at the estate’s equestrian center for all of our guests. It was so fun putting on our cowboy boots and hats! The morning of the wedding, I went on a hike with my girlfriends and Christophe and I each wrote letters to each other to read before I walked down the aisle.

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Photography: lane Dittoe fine art wedding photographs | Cinematography: REB6studios | Event Planning + Design: Thomas Bui Lifestyle | Floral Design: Flower Divas | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Parker Lusseau | Stationery: Whimsique | Jewelry: Justine M Couture Accessory | Makeup Artist: James Overstreet | Hair Stylist: Brooke Hasslemann Of Studio Savvy | Entertainment: Kelly Productions | Entertainment: Scott Cummings Music | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Stonepine | Bridal Salon: M Bride Salon | Linen Rentals: Concepts Event Design | Linen Rentals: Luxe Linen | Live Artist: Nataliya Tyaglo Live Artist | Macaron Tower: Parker Lusseau | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Luxe Linen

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Elegant, Organic + Romantic Holman Ranch Inspiration Shoot

I’m a sucker for a pretty blush and white wedding, but this inspiration shoot from Carlie Statsky Photography and Engaged & Inspired is taking me over to the colorful side. The combination of the bright pink, dusty rose, and marigold yellow florals from Mandolin Floral against the neutral gray and white tablescape (complete with marble chargers) from Borrowed Blu and the natural beauty of Holman Ranch  is simply stunning. See all the beauty in The Vault!

From Carlie StatskyThis was a styled shoot for the first day of Reach, the workshop that Allison from Engaged and Inspired and I hosted at Holman Ranch for wedding photographers and wedding planners late last year. We wanted the first day’s inspiration shoot to be an elegant and romantic one with a touch of the unexpected and unique. Allison did an amazing job with the whole design, and I loved how she mixed grey linens, grey marble chargers, white plates and gold accents together with the daring and eclectic color palette seen in the organic floral arrangements from Mandolin Floral. Jane Kim, (the Glamourist) did and equally amazing job with the styling of our real life couple, (lifestyle blogger Natalie Dressed and her husband.) I think brides will be inspired by the idea of pairing an affordable lace top (like the For Love and Lemons one that Natalie wore) together with a big wrap skirt like this one from Lace and Bustle. I also loved the luxe details from Yonder Design’s letterpress menus and etched marble place cards at each setting. The whole shoot came together in the most beautiful and graceful way thanks to our team of talented vendors and the ever-inspiring grounds at Holman Ranch.

From Engaged & InspiredWe knew we wanted something elegant and beautiful when designing this dinner for 30. We decided on neutrals for the place settings and fall floral with a brighter pop of pinks and purples than most fall floral inspiration. The white place settings offered a slight contrast to the grey linens while still feeling very modern and clean. The marble was a perfect touch to add the texture and the stone place cards completed the whole look. The floral and candle treatments offered a full table while still leaving enough room for a family style dinner.

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Photography: Carlie Statsky | Event Planning + Design: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Mandolin Floral | Catering: Paradise Catering | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Holman Ranch | Bride's Sash + Skirt: Lace and Bustle Bridal | Bride's Top: For Love And Lemons | Hair, Makeup + Styling: The Glamourist | Jewelry + Watch: Fourtane | Model: Natalie Comstock | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery + Etched Marble Place Cards: Yonder Design | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU | Workshop: Reach

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