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Modern Healdsburg Barn Wedding

Take a gorgeous Healdsburg setting like Barndiva and add in a stunning modern aesthetic and one of the prettiest Monique Lhuillier gowns that you’ll ever lay your eyes upon and the results are simply stunning.  Think a breathtaking al fresco ceremony meets crazy cool paper goods and lovely sage-hued everything.  See it all captured by The Edges Wedding Photography in the full gallery.

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From the Beautiful Bride… Healdsburg was the only place we wanted to get married – and the entire experience did not disappoint. After a festive and unique rehearsal dinner at SHED, our wedding day began with clouds and showers (during a three year California drought and the normally reliable month of October!), but the clouds parted miraculously just before the wedding, and I walked down the aisle in glowing sunshine.

The team of vendors helped to create a day that was elegant, yet understated, intensely special and “very us.” I truly felt that we treated our guests, nearly all of whom had traveled for many miles (I’m from Boston, my husband is from Chicago), to a celebration experience very much in our essence, enhanced by Healdsburg’s beauty and spirit.

In planning the day, I cared most about ensuring my guests were taken care of and treated to a memorable occasion in a beautiful, relaxed environment, and Barndiva did not disappoint (Luca, Liberty, and team were especially heroic during the drama of the stormy weather). The cake, papery, dinner menu, and top-notch service were my top priorities for the wedding (I wanted little details to make a difference) and I was tremendously pleased with how everything turned out.

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Kristi Amoroso Special Events | Floral Design: Atelier Joya | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cakebloom | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various Designers | Catering: Barndiva | Hair & Makeup: Brush Salon | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy | Band: Hip Service | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Barndiva | Furniture Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: SHED

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Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!

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What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller

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Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist – Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet – Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! – Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” – Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.

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What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Cole Drake Events

This, loves, is the kind of wedding we live for.  That sort of elegant meets at-home affair that seamlessly mixes sophisticated details with a beautiful laid-back charm.  And the geniuses behind all of the pretty? Cole Drake Events, a team of talented designers and planners with an eye for design and a work ethic that is so crazy awesome, they’ll most definitely create the wedding of your dreams.

Just one look at this stunning affair and it’s easy to see why we can’t get enough of Cole Drake Events’ amazing talents.  I’m talking a breathtaking Napa Valley setting, yummy food stations and entertainers wowing the guests every step of the way.  It’s the kind of drop-dead gorgeous party that Cole Drake Events is known for – one that really speaks to who you are as a couple and is chock-full of creativity.  Whether it’s sourcing the perfect paper goods, designing a dream ceremony on straw bales or weaving in cultural touches that really make your day sing.  With Cole Drake Events, you can count on their authenticity, humor and roll-up-the-sleeves mentality to take your event to that next level.

Call Cole Drake Events today to begin planning your dream wedding.  And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.

Photography: Christophe Genty | Wedding Planner: David Aten Events | Wedding Planner: Cole Drake Events | Florist: Kathy Hoffman | Cake: Momofuku | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Favors: Favor Custom Gifts | Transportation: Napa Valley Limousine | Additional Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Ceremony Entertainment: Wine Country Entertainment | Dining Entertainment: Wine Country Aerialists | Dining Subfloor Rental: Classic Party Rentals | Farewell Brunch: Napa Valley Country Club | Farewell Brunch: Napa Valley Country Club | Furniture/Dining/Cocktails Rentals: Zephyr Tents | Golf Cart Rentals: Nick's Custom Golf Carts | Lighting/Audio: The Lux Productions | Linens: La Tavola | Patio Heaters: Patio Heaters R Us | Pool Area Rentals: Raj Tents | Pool Subfloor: Stage Commander | Private Estate (Wedding): Grooms Family Home | Reception Entertainment: Zach Darling ZDCA | Rehearsal Dinner: The Carneros Inn | Rehearsal Dinner: The Carneros Inn | Stationery/Logos: Ceci New York | VIP Portalettes: Northbay Portables | Valet Services: CPA Valet

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Ruby + Pink Chalk Hill Estate Winery Wedding

I’m starting to think that we need to see a little more ruby red in weddings. Don’t you think? Red has always been a toughie, but when it’s done right—it’s sooo good. This fete from onelove photography? It’s a prime example that ruby + wineries = wedding color perfection. From the sweet pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses to the rich posies from Michael Daigian Design, you can see it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride…Jordan and I wanted our wedding to incorporate elements that highlighted our shared love of food, wine and travel. When we saw Chalk Hill for the first time, we fell in love with the property. The quaint chapel and equestrian center with sweeping views of the vineyards made us feel like we were in the hills of Tuscany. During cocktail hour, we had an accordionist play as our guests enjoyed light appetizers and wine that we handpicked for the day. Jordan and a friend have their own wine label, Lyons-Wells, so each guest got a bottle of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon as a favor. When it came to dinner, we worked with Park Avenue to create a family style Italian meal with suggested wine pairings, and each table was named after a city that we have lived in or traveled to together.

Jordan and I wanted the decor to complement the wine country location and to incorporate elements of fall with a classic, romantic and elegant feel. To do this, we kept the color palette neutral (blush, cream and gold) with a burgundy-wine accent. Many of the details were homemade, including all of the paper goods and wooden welcome signs in the shape of pumpkins outside of the chapel. My mom and I went to antique fairs and stores to collect books, teacups and votives for our florist to incorporate into the romantic centerpieces for the dinner tables. The cake table was decorated with wedding photographs of our parents and grandparents and our Nana’s antique wedding cake topper.

My advice to other brides is to enjoy this time, it goes by fast! The list of to-do items can get overwhelming, but try to remember what really makes your wedding special, which is the love that you and your fiance share and all of the people that are there to celebrate with you. Try to pick one or two things that are most important to you, whether that be the food or music or flowers, and focus on that. If you are planning on doing any DIY projects, try to do them at least a month before the wedding date, so that you aren’t rushing to do them at the last minute! We originally did not budget for a videographer, but decided to hire someone to film the wedding last minute. This was the best decision ever! We had so much fun watching the video clips on our honeymoon, and are working on making our own version of a wedding highlights video.

We planned events leading up to the wedding day, so that it we could spend the entire weekend with our family and friends. It was so nice to spend quality time with our families before the wedding, since the actual day is so busy! On the wedding day, we decided not to do a “first look,” so that the first time Jordan saw me in my dress, it was when I was walking down the aisle. Seeing Jordan’s face when the chapel doors opened was priceless. My dad calmed my nerves by singing “Here Comes the Bride” as he walked me down the aisle. Highlights of the reception include the heartfelt speeches and dancing the night away with our guests.

Photography: onelove photography | Coordinator: Pilar Mustafa, So-Eventful | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Moustache Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: Brush Salon | Lighting: Encore Events Rentals | DJ: Randy Harris, Pacific Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony And Reception: Chalk Hill Estates And Winery | Shoe Designer: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Modern + Masculine Summer Wedding at Barndiva

I fell more and more in love with this wedding – and this couple – with every photo I went through. From their adorable pups at the ceremony (escorted by their best men no less) to the dapper suits and macaroon cake at the reception, this California celebration captured by heart. Abi Q didn’t miss a second of this stylish soiree planned by Going Lovely, and you can see the whole fantastic day right here.

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From Going Lovely… When Rich and Kiko first reached out to us and gave us a glimpse into their style along with the lowdown on their love story, we knew their big day was going to be epic. Then we met them in person and the love and energy between them was so evident as they finished each other’s sentences and were just oh so fun. Oh, and they had an impeccable sense of style in addition to being downright darling. They had already booked the modern and playful Barndiva for their big day and wanted our help organizing a festive and fun 4th of July weekend for all of their closest friends and family. They kicked off the weekend with a welcome dinner at the Hotel Healdsburg complete with a traditional Filipino pig roast, custom cocktails, lawn games and fireworks with all of their family and friends (including their sweet dogs Lucy and RJ).

We enlisted the oh so talented Abi Q Photography to capture their big day and she did so without a hitch. The theme was masculine and modern, and we used Succulence to incorporate their love of succulents throughout the decor.

Their ceremony was incredibly intimate and heartfelt. They were each walked down the aisle by their parents and even included their sweet Yorkies as well that were carried by their best men. As a homage to Kiko’s Filipino culture, the two wore the Barong Tagalog – the formal and traditional attire made from pineapple fibers. They both wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!

Following the ceremony, they changed into incredibly stylish suits and were as handsome as can be. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the modern art gallery sipping on custom cocktails while taking Polaroids for the grooms to keep as an alternative wedding guest book.

We incorporated a masculine vintage lounge from One True Love Rentals- complete with a leather chesterfield sofa, which was well utilized throughout the night.

Dinner took place outdoors in an intimate garden setting under a canopy of string lights. To keep with the rustic and masculine theme, we incorporated lots of leafy greens amongst the succulent centerpieces, copper accents, amber medicine bottle bud vases and rustic antlers along with custom menus and navy linens. The ‘head’ table was in the center of the action on a large rustic farm table that we filled with extra large copper candle lanterns, which added the perfect amount of romantic and rustic lighting.

The fun continued throughout the night with a macaron tower ‘cake’, lots and lots of dancing, a photobooth and a late night delivery of In-n-Out burgers! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of love, laughter and a great time had by all.

Photography: Abi Q Photography | Florals: Succulence | DJ: John Piazza | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Shoes: Magnanni | Catering And Mini Desserts: Barndiva | Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva | Event Planning & Design: Going Lovely | Getting Ready: Healdsburg Modern Cottages | Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Macaron Tower: Tout Sweet | Paper Goods: Hen & Co. | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wood Ceremony Pedestal Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals

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